Misters Hawaii, Pacific Ocean come from Valley Isle this year
Two Maui men were named Mister Hawaii and Mister Pacific Ocean – the first Neighbor Island residents to capture state titles – at the 11th annual Mister Hawai’i & Hawaii’s Most Beautiful Men Scholarship Competition Saturday on Oahu.
Ponia Matsumoto, Mister Valley Isle 2013, took the Mister Hawaii title, and Analu Mattos, Mister Maui Hawai’i 2013, brought home the Mister Pacific Ocean title at the event at the Neal Blaisdell Center during the 11th annual Hawai’i Woman Expo.
There were 22 contestants in the contest, ‘Iolani Chun, Mister Maui executive director, said in a news release.
Matsumoto, 19, of Waiehu is a culinary arts major at University of Hawaii Maui College and a runway model. The new Mister Hawaii is the son of Thom and Linda Matsumoto of Waiehu Heights and is a 2012 graduate of Baldwin High School.
For winning the title, Matsumoto received an $8,000 scholarship with Argosy University Hawaii.
Mattos, 21, of Waikapu is a professional Polynesian dancer for the Old Lahaina Luau. He is a Hawaiian studies major at the University of Hawaii Maui College and a business major with Argosy. He is the son of Kawika and Ka’o Mattos of Waikapu.
He won a $6,000 scholarship from Argosy for winning the title.
The 2013 Hawaii’s Most Beautiful Men & Mister Hawai’i Scholarship Competition was sponsored by 2Couture Hawai’i. For a video of the event, go to www.hawaiiwomanexpo.com/photos.html.
Entrants for next year’s competition are currently being accepted. For more information, call 463-2560 or email missmaui.iolani@yahoo.
Correction: Newly crowned Mister Hawai’i Ponia Matsumoto and Mister Pacific Ocean Analu Mattos will be attending the University of Hawaii Maui College in the spring semester.