WAILEA - Kihei Charter School student Jacqueline Makena Kapu was crowned Miss T.E.E.N. 2012 on Jan. 15 at Hotel Wailea in Maui's first competition of its kind.
The pageant is Maui's inaugural Miss T.E.E.N. competition, which recognizes "Teen-agers Exemplifying Excellence Nationally."
"It is our hope that our program will assist the contestants 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.
Miss T.E.E.N. Maui 2012 Jacqueline Makena Kapu and Miss Jr. Miss T.E.E.N. Maui Kamalei Santos Bras
JESSICA PEARL photo
In addition to her title, Kapu also won the award for the Casual Wear/Swimsuit division. Joining Kapu on stage was Kuliaikanani Poehere Murray, who finished with the first runner-up title; and Brelynn Urpanil, who won the Most Photogenic and Evening Gown divisions.
A total of 15 young ladies, ranging in age from 3 to 19, competed in different divisions, with crowns awarded to the following: Kapu, Miss T.E.E.N. Maui 2012; Kamalei Santos Bras, Miss Jr. T.E.E.N. Maui; Mila Kehano, Little Miss Maui Princess; Ruth Emmsley, Tiny Miss Maui Princess; Anessa Jolie-Mika Riglos, Mini Miss Maui Princess; Mikaela Soriena Marras, Wee Miss Maui Princess.
Kapu will be among the contestants moving on to compete in the Miss T.E.E.N. Hawaii Pageant, slated for March 11 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The pageant will be televised on KHON FOX2 on March 24 and on the CW on March 25.
For more information on the event, visit www.missteenmaui.webs.com.