Honolulu, HI, July 06, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Miss East Oahu Lauren Kealohilani Cheape now reigns as Miss Hawaii 2011. The 65th annual Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant took place on Saturday, June 4 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Cheape will compete for the title of Miss America on January 14th, 2012 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
"The Miss Hawaii Organization is extremely pleased to present Lauren Cheape as the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant winner and the new face in Hawaii Tourism. We are excited and support the possibilities that Lauren's platform of C.A.R.E will bring to the youth of today and student athletes around the world. With her passion for the lives of children and her many talents including, jump rope and hula, we believe Lauren is an amazing role model," said Lincoln Jacobe, President of the Miss Hawaii Organization.
Cheape beat out 11 other competitors from communities around the state entitling her to almost $7,000 in scholarship awards, and the prestigious crown passed on by 2010 Miss Hawaii and second runner-up for the Miss America Pageant, Jalee Fuselier. With an alluring jump rope routine to Jerry Lee Lewis's rock-n-roll hit "Great Balls of Fire" and the awards for Community Service and Best Swimsuit, the 23-year-old easily took the crown.
On her journey as Miss Hawaii 2011, Cheap will follow a platform of C.A.R.E. As founder of the "C.A.R.E: Collegiate Athletes Reaching Everyone" program, Cheape believes in the impact that student athletes can make in the lives of youth. C.A.R.E. utilizes the talents and gifts of college athletes to encourage children to stay in school, stay active, and live healthy lives.
In 2009, the University of Hawaii implemented the C.A.R.E. program and mandated that every student athlete contribute a minimum of 6 community service hours to elementary public schools in need. To date, the C.A.R.E. program has sent more than 250 student athletes to more than 30 events, touching more than 3,000 lives.
"I believe the youth in our country are faced with many pressing issues - schools are cutting physical education programs, childhood obesity is at epidemic levels, and positive role models are few and far between, all problems that can be addressed by the C.A.R.E. program," expresses Cheape.
A local girl from Mililani, Cheape graduated in 2005 from Mililani High School and is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Cheape received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film (Directing) from the UH Academy of Creative Media (ACM) with a double Minor in Business and Japanese. She plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration and becoming a successful film director.
The new 2011 Miss Hawaii comes with an impressive list of scholastic honors and leadership roles, including: UH Division I Water Polo and Swim team, Scholar Athlete Award; Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Scholarship; UH ACM Scholarship for excellence in film directing; Oceanic Cable 2005 Senior Scholar Athlete Award; and Former member of the UH Student Athlete Advisory Committee; Founder of Jumping Geckos jump rope team; Film Instructor at Nanakuli High School; Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Alumni Board of Director. Cheape also wrote and directed the film "Li hing mui, Lilikoi, Lychee", which was accepted into the Shanghai, Hawaii and Los Angeles International Film Festivals.
For more information on the Miss Hawaii Organization, please visit www.misshawaii.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MissHawaiiOrganization.
About Miss Hawaii Organization
The Miss Hawaii Organization has supported the advancement of Hawaii's young women for more than 60 years. Our organization¹s mission is to promote the pursuit of higher education, to develop and maintain a commitment of community service, and to inspire our youth to meet the challenge of being the best that they can be. Miss Hawaii is part of the Miss America Organization, an organization that awards more than $45 million in scholarships nationally to young women between the ages of 17-24. This year, the Miss Hawaii program will make available more than $500,000 in cash scholarships and tuition grants.
Lincoln Jacobe: 808.391.7441
Chimaine Pouteau: 808.636.1512