Contestants crowned at inaugural event

Nathasha Thorell, a University of Hilo student majoring in communication, was crowned Miss Maui USA 2014 and Kihei Charter School student Jacqueline Makena Kapu was crowned Miss Maui Teen USA 2014 on Aug. 18 at The Fairmont Kealani in Maui’s first competition of its kind.

The pageant is Maui’s inaugural Miss Maui USA and Miss Maui Teen USA competition. These are preliminaries to Miss Hawaii USA, Miss Hawaii Teen USA Pageants, which are preliminaries to Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe Pageants with headquarters in New York City, owned by Donald Trump and NBC.

“It is our hope that our program will assist the contestant in achieving their professional and personal goals through education, and the importance of making a difference in our community,” said Doug De Cambra, Maui’s event executive director.

Twenty three young ladies competed in different divisions. Crowns also were awarded to the following: Brandi Kamalani – Maui Pre-Teen Miss; Wytlee Souza-Lopez – Maui Young Miss; Kayla Westberg – Maui Little Miss; Mikela Marras – Maui Mini Miss; Lilly Kehano – Maui Tiny Miss; and Cambree De Cambra – Maui Princess Miss.

Thorell and Kapu will be among the contestants moving on to compete in the Miss Hawaii USA and Miss Hawaii Teen USA Pageant slated for Oct. 13 at The Modern Hotel Honolulu.

Miss Hawaii USA will be televised on KHON2 at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Miss Hawaii Teen USA will be televised at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. also on KHON2.

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