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Lauren Teruya was crowned the 75th Miss Hawaii during the pageant held on May 14, 2022 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Miss Honolulu bested 15 other beautiful girls to succeed  Miss Hawaii 2021, Courtney Choy. She sang and danced to a Broadway number and impressed the judges with her on-stage presence and communication. She will now prepare to represent Hawaii at the Miss America competition in Connecticut in December.

Passionate about arts education in the islands, newly crowned Miss Hawaii 2022 says she’s looking forward to raising awareness on her social impact statement “Arts for All.” “Hawaii is one of 34 states that does not require arts education in our public school systems,” Teruya said. “Arts education makes a huge difference. Children are five times more likely to stay in school when they have access to arts education, and that’s why I think it’s so important that we get this moving.

Lauren is the sister of Miss Hawaii 2017, Kathryn Teruya, making this the first time a pair of sisters has ever held the Miss Hawaii title. Lauren is not a newbie to pageantry. She won Miss Hawaii Teen USA in 2017.

My parents always really encouraged us to serve in our community in every capacity that we possibly could, and its something that all of my sisters — my older sisters and my younger sister, is involved in our own ways,” she said.

Through her studies, Lauren is a proud Iolani alumna who earned her B.A. Journalism and M.A. in Specialized Journalism from the University of Southern California. She also worked with several local news organizations including a previous internship at Hawaii News Now.

In recent years, the Miss America organization, along with local preliminaries, have shifted to strengthen their focus on female empowerment through education, community service and firm stances on current issues. “It’s not about the exterior, its all about what you’re doing, what your heart is doing, what you’re giving to your community,” Teruya said.

The 2022 Miss Hawaii’s court includes –

1st Runner Up – Makana Williams (Miss East Oahu)
2nd Runner Up – Anna Davide (Miss Kapahulu)
3rd Runner Up – Sarah Look (Miss Waipahu)
4th Runner Up – Kyndra Nakamoto (Miss Kona Coffee)

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