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THE 45TH ANNUAL

Miss Chinatown Hawai‘i

2023 scholarship pageant

Samantha masca

2022 Miss Chinatown Hawaii

brandy bostian

2022 Miss Chinese Jaycees

kaylee lin

2022 Miss Hawaii Chinese

Hawaii Theatre

October 15, 2022


A MESSAGE FROM THE

Miss Chinatown Hawai‘i

ORGANIZATION

Welcome to the 45th Annual Miss Chinatown Hawai‘i Scholarship Pageant!

We would like to extend our congratulations to all of our contestants

and thank them for their commitment to this pageant. They have learned

about Chinese culture through cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, history,

lantern making, public speaking, interviewing and poise. They all were open

to new experiences and we know they will continue to learn and grow

throughout their lives. All of the young ladies you will meet have spent

countless hours preparing for this night. We hope the journey here has

also taught them valuable lessons in self-confidence, commitment and

building friendships.

From left to right: Sarah Liu, Kimie Kamezawa, Lindsey Mau, Kaylee Lin, Jennifer Hong,

Samantha Masca, Stephanie Ching, Brandy Bostian, Tiffane Cheng, Jessica Cheng, Joyce Lin

The Miss Chinatown Hawaii Program would not be possible without the

generous support from our volunteers and sponsors (who will be mentioned

throughout the night). Each year, these people and businesses support

the many events that our court participates in, culminating in tonight’s

pageant. We are so grateful for their continued faith in our organization.

A final thank you to the Queens Samantha Masca (who flew in from

veterinary school this morning to be with us today - and leaves tomorrow

morning), Brandy Bostian, and Kaylee Lin; First Princess Tiffane Cheng;

Princesses Kimie Kamezawa, Joyce Lin and Sarah Liu. It’s been a fun year

with many memories. You’ve been a quiet and patient court and we look

forward to working with you all in the future in the hopes of bridging

the generations to build strength in our Chinese heritage.

We are so blessed to have you carry on the tradition

of culture, service, and leadership through the Miss

Chinatown Hawaii program!

Enjoy the show!

Miss Chinatown Hawai‘i Festival Committee

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PROGRAM

Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

2023 Miss Chinatown Hawai‘i Festival Pageant Program

“Bridging Generations”

Lion Dance Blessing - Chinese Lion Dance Association

2023 Contestants Opening Number

Introduction of Emcees – Ms. Michelle Hee & Ms. Stephanie Wang

Welcoming Remarks/Acknowledgement

On Stage Question and Answer Phase

Introduction of Distinguished Judges

Swimwear Phase

Introduction of Distinguished Guests

Jaycee Message - Chinese Jaycees President Danicia Honda

Talent Phase

Intermission (15 minutes)

Cheongsam Phase

Science Performance by 2022 Miss Chinatown Hawaii Samantha Masca

Singing Performance by 2020 Miss Chinese Jaycees Anna Davide

Final Appearance of 2022 Miss Chinatown Hawaii Court

2022 Miss Hawaii Chinese Kaylee Lin Farewell Speech

2022 Miss Chinese Jaycees Brandy Bostian Farewell Speech

2022 Miss Chinatown Samantha Masca Farewell Speech

2023 Awards / Queens and Court Coronation

2023 Miss Photogenic

2023 Miss Congeniality

2023 Miss Popularity

2023 Princess

2023 Princess

2023 First Princess

2023 Miss Hawaii Chinese

2023 Miss Chinese Jaycees

2023 Miss Chinatown Hawaii

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EMCEES

MISS CHINATOWN HAWAI‘I History

Michelle Hee serves as Director of Communications and Public Relations at

`Iolani School. She is also a member of Make-A-Wish hawaii Young Leaders

Board, as well as the Alakài board for the Foodbank of Hawaii. In 2016,

Michelle was our Miss Hawaii Chinese Queen who proudly represented

Hawaii in San Francisco at the Miss Chinatown USA pageant where she was

named Miss Congeniality. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Michelle is a graduate

of ‘Iolani School and Wheaton College in Illinois, where she earned her B.A.

in communication studies with a double focus in media and interpersonal

communications. During her free time, Michelle enjoys playing the tenor

and alto saxophone, spending time in the warm O‘ahu sun and being in the

company of family and friends!

Stephanie Wang is a former Miss Chinatown Hawaii Queen and Miss Hawaii

Chinese Queen. She represented Hawaii at the Miss Chinatown USA pageant

in 2017 where she placed as second princess and at the 2019 Miss Chinese

International Pageant in Hong Kong where she placed 1st Runner Up— the

highest placement for Hawaii since the pageant originated in 1988. Born in

New York, Stephanie is a graduate of Punahou School and is currently a model

and actor with Premier Models and Talent, having landed various commercial

and television roles on shows such as Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. She is

also a part-time bartender, content creator, and philanthropist who enjoys

reading, traveling, and going to arcades in her free time.

The Miss Chinatown Hawaii Scholarship

Pageant provides young Chinese-American

women an opportunity to deepen their

understanding and appreciation of their

Chinese heritage.

Each year, the Miss Chinatown Hawaii

Scholarship Pageant organization seeks

outstanding women of Chinese descent to

represent the community as semi-finalists

in the Miss Chinatown Hawaii Scholarship

Pageant. These semi-finalists receive

training in Chinese history and culture,

Chinese cooking, make-up, beauty and poise,

interviewing, public speaking, self-defense,

and personal development. Through the help

of numerous volunteers and experts in their

fields, contestants are challenged mentally,

physically and spiritually during the months

prior to the pageant. In addition, participants

develop valuable friendships that often last a

lifetime.

which is named as one of the top ten parades

in the world by the International Festivals

and Events Association (IFEA).

From 1958 to the late 1970s, the

Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

sponsored its 1 st Princess from the Narcissus

Queen Pageant to run as a contestant in the

Miss Chinatown USA pageant. In 1977, the

San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce

invited the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees to

sponsor a contestant to represent Hawaii in

the national pageant. In December 1977, the

Honolulu Chinese Jaycees organized the Miss

Chinatown Hawaii Scholarship Pageant.

In 1990, under the direction of honorary

Mayor of Chinatown Sun Hung Wong, President

of the Chinatown Merchants Association, the

Miss Chinatown Hawaii Scholarship Pageant

was created to administer the scholarship

pageant.

TABULATORS

Howard Loo of Howard Loo CPA, LLC is a certified public accountant located

in Honolulu, Hawaii. For tax preparation in Honolulu, you can count on HL CPA.

The company assists taxpayers and small businesses with tax filing preparation

in Honolulu and the surrounding communities. Howard has assisted the Miss

Chinatown pageant with judging tabulations for the last 40+ years. He and

his dedicated assistants work hard to prepare accounting support starting a

month out from the pageant, culminating on pageant night. HL CPA has years

of valuable experience as an IRS registered tax preparer.

Miss Chinatown Hawaii will represent the

Chinese community in the Miss Hawaii pageant

(a preliminary pageant for Miss America). The

Miss America Pageant is the nation’s leading

achievement program and the world’s largest

provider of scholarship assistance for young

women. The Miss Hawaii Chinese will represent

Hawaii in the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant,

held in San Francisco during the Chinese New

Year Festivities. Founded in 1958 by the San

Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the

Miss Chinatown USA experience includes the

San Francisco Chinatown New Year’s Parade

Today, the Miss Chinatown Hawaii

Scholarship Pageant is a nonprofit organization

run solely by volunteers, whose mission is

to perpetuate the Chinese culture in Hawaii

through awareness, developing leadership

skills, public speaking, and participation in

community service. While participants deepen

their understanding and appreciation of their

Chinese heritage, the pageant provides young

women with the opportunity to develop

friendships as they work closely with former

contestants and queens who serve as friends,

role models, and coaches.

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Best Wishes

Miss Chinatown Hawaii

Serving Hawaii For Over 100 Years

Member FDIC



2023 COURT PRIZES

Miss Chinatown Hawai`i Queen Prizes

$1,000 Cash Scholarship | Business Integration Group

$1,000 Cash Scholarship which may be used towards participation as a

Miss Hawaii Contestant | Business Integration Group

$1,000 Educational Scholarship | Honolulu Chinese Junior Chamber

International Educational Foundation

Use of Queen’s Perpetual Cloak | Reverend Duane Pang

Queen’s Tiara | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

Miss Chinatown Hawaìi Sash | Kam Au Stout*

Queen’s Gift | Stephanie Ching and Jennifer Hong*

Dooplikit 3d Selfie Package | Peterson Rosario

One New Set of Ombré Powder Brows | Karen Chen*

One Year Supply of Lei for Public Appearances | Always Flowers

Queen’s Brooch | Ross Lee

Floral Bouquet | Diana Sum

Miss Chinese Jaycees Queen Prizes

$1,000 Cash Scholarship | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

$1,000 Cash Scholarship which may be used towards participation as a

Miss Hawaii Contestant | Fujian Business Association

$1,000 Educational Scholarship | Honolulu Chinese Junior Chamber

International Educational Foundation

Use of Queen’s Perpetual Cloak | Reverend Duane Pang

Queen’s Tiara | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

Miss Chinatown Hawaìi Sash | Kam Au Stout*

Queen’s Gift | Stephanie Ching and Jennifer Hong*

Dooplikit 3d Selfie Package | Peterson Rosario

One New Set of Ombré Powder Brows | Karen Chen*

One Year Supply of Lei for Public Appearances | Always Flowers

Queen’s Brooch | Ross Lee

Floral Bouquet | Diana Sum

Miss Hawai`i Chinese Queen Prizes

$1,000 Cash Scholarship | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

$1,000 Cash Scholarship which may be used towards participation as a

Miss Chinatown USA Contestant | Rich International

Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel Accommodations, All Meals for the 2023 Miss

Chinatown USA Pageant in San Francisco | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

and the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce

$1,000 Educational Scholarship | Honolulu Chinese Junior Chamber

International Educational Foundation

Use of Queen’s Perpetual Cloak | Reverend Duane Pang

Queen’s Tiara | Mabel Lau, Excellent Gems

Miss Hawaìi Chinese Sash | Kam Au Stout*

Queen’s Gift | Stephanie Ching and Jennifer Hong*

Dooplikit 3d Selfie Package | Peterson Rosario

One New Set of Ombré Powder Brows | Karen Chen*

One Year Supply of Lei for Public Appearances | Always Flowers

Queen’s Brooch | Ross Lee

Floral Bouquet | Diana Sum

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Miss Hawai`i Chinese First Princess Prizes

$1,000 Cash Scholarship | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

$500 Educational Scholarship | Honolulu Chinese Junior Chamber International

Educational Foundation

First Princess Tiara | Mabel Lau, Excellent Gems

First Princess Gift | Stephanie Ching and Jennifer Hong*

First Princess Sash | Kam Au Stout*

Dooplikit 3d Selfie Package | Peterson Rosario

First Princess $50 Gift Certificate for Ombré Powder Brows | Karen Chen

First Princess Brooch | Ross Lee

Floral Bouquet | Diana Sum

Miss Hawai`i Chinese Princess (2) Prizes

$750 Cash Scholarship | Dr. Joe and Barbara Young

$500 Educational Scholarship | Honolulu Chinese Junior Chamber International

Educational Foundation

Princess Tiara | Mabel Lau, Excellent Gems and Diamonds

Princess Gift | Stephanie Ching and Jennifer Hong*

Princess Sash | Kam Au Stout*

Dooplikit 3d Selfie Package | Peterson Rosario

Princess $50 Gift Certificate for Ombré Powder Brows | Karen Chen

Princess Brooch | Ross Lee

Floral Bouquet | Diana Sum

Miss Popularity Prizes

$750 Cash Scholarship | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

$500 Educational Scholarship | Honolulu Chinese Junior Chamber International

Educational Foundation

Popularity Tiara | Mabel Lau, Excellent Gems and Diamonds

Popularity Gift | Stephanie Ching and Jennifer Hong*

Popularity Sash | Miss Chinatown Hawaii

Popularity Brooch | Ross Lee

Floral Bouquet | Diana Sum

Miss Hawai`i Chinese Congeniality Prizes

$200 Cash Scholarship | Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

Miss Photogenic Prizes

Framed Contestant Photo Print | Paul Hayashi Photography

$100 Cash Scholarship | Stephanie Wang*

Finalist Prizes

Finalist Gift | Stephanie Ching and Jennifer Hong*

Floral Bouquet | Diana Sum

M e n u

HOME OF THE BAKED MANAPUA

SINCE 1974



Samantha Masca

2022 MISS CHINATOWN HAWAII

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Top row:Joyce Lin, Tiffane Cheng, Kimie Kamezawa, Sarah Liu

Bottom row: Brandy Bostian, Samantha Masca, Kaylee Lin

After graduating from college in early 2021, I took

a gap year to figure out what was next in my

life. During that time, I decided to enter the Miss

Chinatown Hawaii (MCH) pageant. You should

have seen the surprise on my family and friends’

faces when I told them this and then eventually

won the title of Miss Chinatown Hawaii Queen.

However, it became my most memorable

milestone because when my life felt

so uncertain, Miss Chinatown gave me

the opportunity to learn about the

importance of my Chinese heritage and

build my self-confidence. The following

year, I was accepted into veterinary

school. Looking back, I owe many thanks

to MCH for helping me get there; and

now, as I embark on this next chapter

with my new-found appreciation for my

Chinese heritage, I am excited not only

to be in the veterinary field but also to

represent the Asian American community

throughout my career.

I have so many thanks to give: to

all my friends, your support motivates

me everyday! To my sister and extended

family, thank you for loving me from the

beginning. To Grammy and Gungung, you

are the reasons why I seek to learn more

about my Chinese heritage. Thank you

for being my biggest fans. And most

of all, thank you to my mom and dad

for believing in me, even when I didn’t

believe in myself. The successes I have

accomplished are all because of you—I

have not and will never forget that.

I was once asked what aspect of

Chinese culture I liked most; answering

that was easy: Family. In being Miss

Chinatown, the appreciation for my Chinese heritage

had turned into an appreciation for my family.

I would not have grown, much less attain these

accomplishments without the support of my family

and friends, including those from the MCH program.

The love I have received this past year only helped

me grow into the woman that I am today.



Brandy Bostian

2022 MISS CHINESE JAYCEES

Kaylee Lin

2022 MISS HAWAI‘I CHINESE

My time in the Miss Chinatown Hawai’i

program was a memorable experience. There

was no way I could have imagined competing

in a pageant, let alone taking home the title

of 2022 Miss Chinese Jaycees Queen. Through

MCH, I have made new friendships with all

the girls and everyone who supports the

organization. Despite not having an audience

for pageant night, seeing our family and

friends wait for us on the other side of the

door made us feel as if they were watching.

In preparation for the pageant, I learned

about poise, confidence, self-defense,

Chinese calligraphy, makeup, pageant walking,

and much more. The Question and Answer

portion of the pageant was challenging for

me, but the resources and assistance provided

has been immensely helpful to me not only

in MCH, but in many other aspects of life

as well. During my one year reign, our court

participated in several banquets, local events,

and public appearances. It made me feel

special to see younger girls looking up to us

because when I was younger I felt the same

way. That “when I grow up I want to be like

her.” Knowing that I, in some way, was inspiring

them to not be shy or afraid to step out of

their comfort zone and be a leader-figure for

your community. Traveling to San Francisco

to support Kaylee in the Miss Chinatown USA

pageant was my favorite memory in MCH. Me

and the girls were able to bond over being able

to explore new areas, take in scenic views,

trying different foods, and meeting important

people within the Chinese community.

I truly cherish the year I had with

Miss Chinatown Hawai’i. I’m so thankful to

have had the opportunity to participate and

be surrounded with such amazing individuals

who love and care about me and my success.

To the new and upcoming court, enjoy and

cherish every moment you have with everyone.

The year goes by fast!

The eight-year old Kaylee never would

have envisioned running in a pageant, much less

being crowned Miss Hawaii Chinese Queen. The

crown to me, symbolizes my personal growth

to becoming the woman I am today. The

pageant helped me become more in touch with

my Chinese roots, while teaching me that I can

go far and beyond my limitations. By being out

of my comfort zone, I realize my potential. I

learned to believe in myself as much as the

Miss Chinatown Organization believes in me.

Representing Hawaii as a contestant

in the Miss Chinatown USA pageant was an

honor. I created unforgettable memories with

my pageant sisters that I will forever cherish.

Everyone in San Francisco welcomed me with

warmth and treated me like a family member.

Visiting the various Chinese societies was an

incredible and immersive experience. It was

inspiring to see how the tight knit community

works to uphold Chinese traditions. I am also

incredibly grateful for participating in San

Francisco’s Chinese New Year parade. I enjoyed

visiting the shops and restaurants in Chinatown

because it made me feel like I was in China. It

was truly a once in a lifetime experience that

I will forever cherish in my heart.

Mahalo to everyone involved in the Miss

Chinatown Hawaii organization for offering

incredible opportunities for young women to

get in touch with their Chinese roots and for

making dreams come true. Thank you to Ross

for always believing in me and encouraging me

to run in the pageant so that I could become

the best version of myself. To Aunty Wendy

who guided and supported me through every

step of my journey. To Aunty Cheryl Glaza

who made time to teach me my piano piece.

The list goes on, but there aren’t enough

words to express my gratitude to everyone

who has dedicated their time and love to me.

It has been a blessing to be able to make

new connections and it wouldn’t have been

possible without the mentorship and support

of the Miss Chinatown Hawaii pageant. I wish

the next court the very best. Embrace your

journey, and continue to be great examples

for young women in our community.

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Tiffane Cheng

Joyce Lin

2022 Miss Hawai‘i Chinese 1st Princess 2022 Miss Hawai‘i Chinese Princess

A few years ago, I didn’t think I’d be here as Miss Hawaii Chinese

first princess and I have enjoyed every moment of it. We got to

bond as a group in San Francisco, learn more about the culture, and

made so many memories and friends I’ll never forget. I want to

thank my mom and sister for supporting me through the journey

as well as the Miss Chinatown organization for the amazing

experience. Good luck to the new contestants and have a fun

time!

Running in the 2022 Miss Chinatown Pageant was the

best decision I have made in 2021, going into 2022. Despite the

challenges of the pandemic, it has been an amazing year for me as

the Miss Hawaii Chinese Princess. I was able to meet new people

after being disconnected from the world, and I was able to gain

new experiences and life skills that boosted my confidence. I

learned valuable communication skills in the interview classes and

encountered people of different professions at the events. One

of my favorite parts of this journey was our trip to San Fransisco

where I developed a stronger bond with the rest of the court.

I want to thank the Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

for giving me so many wonderful opportunities to better myself

and give back to the community. It was an amazing experience.

Finally, I wish for the best for the new court as well as the Miss

Chinatown Hawaii Organization.

Kimie Kamezawa

Sarah Liu

2022 Miss Hawai‘i Chinese Princess 2022 Miss Hawai‘i Chinese Princess

As a little girl I always dreamed of running for Miss Chinatown

Hawaii, and this past year I was given the amazing opportunity

to do so. When I look back on this year, I’m so grateful to the

volunteers who give so generously of their time. The Miss Chinatown

Organization made it possible for my dream to become a reality.

This year has not only taught me life lessons and skills,

it has also given me a second family and everlasting friendships.

From meeting little kids during Chinese New Year to traveling

to San Francisco with my fellow sisters to attend the Miss

Chinatown USA Pageant, this year truly has been nothing short

of amazing. I would like to take the time to thank my family

and friends who’ve supported me throughout this journey.

I would also like to thank our dream team, Steph, Aunty

Jen, Lindsey, Jessica, Ross, Johnny, and Peterson for always going

above and beyond for our court. To Amos Kotomori, Renee Leong,

and Karen Miyamoto, I couldn’t have done it without your help and

expertise. To the next Miss Chinatown court, make the most out of

this opportunity to learn, connect with others and most importantly

have fun!

I spent my time as the 2022 Miss Hawaii Chinese Princess

serving my community and meeting many new people who

became friends. Although the year flew by, I truly felt that I was

able to give back to my community - from awarding ribbons at

the Special Olympics to emceeing for the Healthy Baby Contest.

The Miss Chinatown Organization taught me to be a better

speaker and to push myself to do things I could never dream of

doing. I never thought I would compete in a pageant, but I am glad

I did because of all the memories and experiences I had. It was

an honor to represent my Chinese community and my heritage.

Through the love, encouragement, and support of my

boyfriend, family, and friends, I was able to achieve and do so

many things this year. I am so grateful to my court sisters for

awarding me the Miss Congeniality title as well. Our year may

be over, but I hope our impact was meaningful.

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Memories

2022 COURT

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DISTINGUISHED

Judges

Tina Au was born in Canton, China and was raised in Hong Kong. She is an

Assistant Vice President in the Mortgage Department of Territorial Savings

Bank and is a Senior Tax Partner with Business Integration Group. Tina maintains

real estate, life insurance, and security licenses; and is a notary public and

tax instructor. Tina is deeply involved in the Chinese community through her

service in various leadership roles such as the President of the Hawaii Chinese

Civic Association; Treasurer for US China People Friendship; Board member,

1st and 2nd Vice President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii;

Board member of the Chung Shan Association of Hawaii; board member

and Chinese Secretary of the See Dai Doo Society; President of the Hawaii

Mainland Chinese Overseas Association; and Board member of the See Yup

Society. Tina was also named 2018 Model Chinese Citizen of the Year.

Anne Yuri Namba was born in Hawaii, but spent much of her youth in Bangkok,

Thailand and Tehran, Iran. After finishing her studies at the University of

Hawaii, she graduated from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in

New York. She worked in the costume department of Radio City Music Hall,

and in 1989, opened Anne Namba designs where she sells her own line

of one-of-a-kind garments made from vintage Japanese kimonos and obis.

Anne has created costumes for Madama Butterfly, the Baryshnikov Arts Center,

and her designs have been worn by numerous celebrities including Aretha Franklin,

Vanna White, and Lynne Waihee. Anne has been featured on Lifetime Television

and in A. Magazine: Inside Asian America in a pictorial entitled, “Ten Women.”

Ronda Ching Day is a real estate professional employed by Coldwell

Banker Realty with over 20 years of experience. She is a graduate of

the University of California, Berkeley and first started her real estate

career in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ronda was also a founding Director

of the Hawaii Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America,

which promotes sustainable homeownership in Asian American and Pacific

Islander communities. She currently serves as a Trustee on the Board

of their affiliate, AREAA Global, which promotes international properties

to U.S. realtors. Rhonda was crowned Miss Chinatown Hawaii and Miss

Chinatown USA in 1980.

Jennifer Tanabe is Creative Director at ALTRES, Hawaii’s leading human

resource and staffing company. With 25 years of design and advertising

experience, Jen has helped launch and cultivate award-winning brands

for clients such as Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s, Hawaiian Telcom,

Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Hawaii National Bank. Jen is a graduate

of the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Before joining ALTRES, she was Partner and Creative Director at Wall-to-

Wall Studios. Jen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Diamond

Head Theatre and on the Advisory Board of the Waipahu High School

Academy of Arts and Communications. She is former President of the

American Advertising Federation Hawaii Chapter and has won numerous

local and national awards, including the AAF Hawaii’s Advertising Woman

of the Year.

Dr. Lee Mitsumori is a physician at Straub Medical Center. Board Certified

in Radiology, Dr. Mitsumori holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical

Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Bioengineering from the University

of Washington and a Doctor of Medicine from the John A. Burns School

of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Mitsumori completed his

residency and a Body Imaging fellowship in Diagnostic Radiology and was

a staff radiologist and associate professor at the University of Washington

with a subspecialty focus in cardiovascular imaging. From 2018-2022, he

has been named one of Hawaii’s Top Doctors by Honolulu Magazine.

Dr. Mitsumori is a member of American College of Radiology, American

Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, Hawaii

State Radiological Society, and Society of Breast Imaging.

Erin Kanno Uehara, affectionately known in Hawai’i as “your chocolate

friend.” Erin received her bachelor’s degree in Education, and holds a

Masters degree in Business Administration. Her dream was to help make

this world a better place by connecting with people and investing in

relationships. Since 2012, she has been using her award-winning chocolate

business called Choco lèa, to live out a mission of “Bringing peace to our

world, one chocolate at a time.” Erin is always “running an Erin” as a wife,

mother of a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son, small local business

owner, an author, blogger, motivational speaker, active volunteer in her

community and church and shares her tips on wellness, home, work, food

and places in Hawaìi through her blog.

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2023 CONTESTANTS

2023 CONTESTANT

Marivic Agustin

Top: Marivic Agustin, Hokulani Gunderson, Star Dahl-Thurston

Middle: Kylie Carpenter, Brianna Dung, Agnes Santiano, Tina Lo

Bottom: Elaine Wu, Marie Hirotsu

Marivic Agustin is the daughter of Marvin and Vicky Agustin. She graduated from the

University of Hawaii, receiving her BBA in Finance, International Business, and Human Resources.

Marivic will receive her Master’s in Human Resources from Southern New Hampshire University.

Her goal is to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner that holds an executive position in

Hawaii’s healthcare industry. Marivic enjoys playing with fur baby Jax, and is a mental health

advocate after being diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder.

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2023 CONTESTANT

Kylie Carpenter

2023 CONTESTANT

Star Dahl-Thurston

Kylie Carpenter was born in Las Vegas and raised in Honolulu and is the daughter of Carolyn (Jeong)

Carpenter. She is a graduate of ‘Iolani School and is currently attending the University of Hawaii at

Manoa where she plans to obtain a Bachelor’s in Economics. Employed part-time as a waitress at

the Elk’s Club, she aspires to be a political consultant or policy analyst. Kylie enjoys the beach,

journaling, music, photography, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Star Dahl-Thurston was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is the daughter of Elizabeth Minchew and

Paul Thurston. She is a graduate of Punahou School and American University where she obtained a

bachelor’s degree in Business and Entertainment. She currently works in production and aspires to be

a Film and Television Producer. Star enjoys volunteering at her church in Waimanalo, going to the KCC

farmers market every Saturday, and going to the beach with her family.

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2023 CONTESTANT

Brianna Dung

2023 CONTESTANT

Hokulani Gunderson

Brianna Dung was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the daughter of Lori Takase and Dr. David Dung.

She is currently attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she plans to obtain a bachelor’s

in Communications and Art Studio. Employed as a Marketing Assistant at BAMP Project, she aspires

to gain further skills in 3D design. Her future goal is to be a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering.

In addition, Brianna enjoys photography and stepping out of her comfort zones.

Hokulani Gunderson was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii and is the daughter of Cathleen

Keliihoomalu and Daniel Gunderson. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa where

she studied Economics. Working now as a full-time realtor, she aspires to be a broker of her own

real estate firm. In her spare time, Hoku enjoys longboard surfing and hiking with her dog. She also

takes pleasure in traveling, having visited seven countries in the past five years.

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2023 CONTESTANT

Marie Hirotsu

2023 CONTESTANT

Tina Lo

Marie Hirotsu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is the daughter of Chandra Hirotsu. A graduate

of James Campbell High School and Leeward Community College, she obtained her Associates of

Science in Education. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education

at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently employed as a certified pharmacy

technician at Kapiolani Medical Center. Her future goal is to continue making a difference

in children’s lives by becoming an educator.

Tina Lo was born in Taipei, Taiwan and is the daughter of Janet and Troy Lo. She is a graduate

of Western Academy of Beijing and is currently attending the University of Hawaii where she plans

to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She hopes to further her education by attending

medical school and aspires to be a physician. Tina enjoys dancing, photography and playing the guitar.

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2023 CONTESTANT

Agnes Santiano

2023 CONTESTANT

Elaine Wu

Agnes Santiano was born in Buffalo, New York and is the daughter of Jesus and Maria Charito

Santiano. She is a graduate of Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart High School and New York

University Shanghai where she received her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Biology and

plans to attend medical school. Employed as a medical assistant at a PCP Office, she aspires

to pursue geriatrics. Agnes enjoys crocheting, travel, and cooking.

Elaine Wu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is the child of Yuye Wu and Da Tang Wu. They are

a graduate of President Theodore Roosevelt High School and are currently attending the University

of Hawaii at Manoa where they plan to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science and

Human Nutrition. Elaine is currently employed as a guest service agent at the Waikiki Beach Marriott

Resort and Spa. They enjoy fishing, singing karaoke, and working out.

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2023 CONTESTANT

Memories

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"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

- Walt Disney

S h e

imagined

she could

SO SHE DID

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Brianna Dung

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OUR

Legacy

*Miss Hawaii Chinese title since 2010

**Miss Chinese Jaycees

***Miss Hawaii

2020 Courtney

Choy***

2020 Anna

Davide**

2020 Jocelyn Loui*

2021 Lauren

Teruya**

2008 Sheri Chang 2007 Sonya Tam 2006 Lisa Wong 2005 Tracy Tom 2004 Dana Li Dung 2003 Darah Dung

2018 Penelope

Ng Pack***

2018 Jocelyn Louie** 2018 Annie Lin* 2019 Brooke Lynne 2019 Danicia Honda**

Alcuran

2019 Ivonne Lee*

2002 Janna Gum 2001 Nadia Chang 2000 Jennifer Hong 1999 Stephanie Ching 1998 Jodie Ching 1997 Lori Young

2017 Stephanie Wang* 2017 Chelsie Mow 2016 Michelle Hee* 2016 Tarah Driver 2015 Lindsey Mau* 2015 Stephanie Wang

1996 Christina Lin 1995 Renee Leong 1994 Marcy Lum 1993 Mona Lau 1992 Tracy Chong 1991 Mona Chang

2014 Jessalyn Lau* 2014 Jessica Cheng 2013 Erica Lee* 2013 Crystal Lee*** 2013 Taj‘‘a Wong** 2012 Tina Ng*

1990 Rena Dang 1989 Lily Wu 1988 Sylvia Shim 1987 Christine Fong 1986 Danielle 1985 Deborah Young

2012 Nicky Leong 2011 Lorrie Chong* 2011 Shannon Wong 2010 Melanie Wong* 2010 Janelle Wong 2009 Jenna Kam

1984 Shary Choy 1983 Sandra Young 1982 Darlene Pang 1981 Valerie Siu 1980 Ronda Ching 1979 Laurie Yee

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Acknowledgements

Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization

Jessica Cheng

Stephanie Ching

Jennifer Hong

Ross Lee

Lindsey Mau

Johnny Ng

2022 Court

Samantha Masca

Brandy Bostian

Kaylee Lin

Tiffane Cheng

Kimie Kamezawa

Joyce Lin

Sarah Liu

Contestant Class Instructors

Karen Chen

John Di Virgilio/Alex Ribao

Erica Lee

Myron Lee

Renee Leong/Lauren Teruya

Flora Lu/Irene Liu

Racyne Sugai

Mock Interview Judges

Christine David

Robby Field

Mike Goto

Jon Guerri

Jeri Hattori

Audrey Ida

Nadia Kouchi

Neysa Lee

Jade Lun

Marissa Machida

Vail Matsumoto

Kyle Mitsumori

Brooke Nakamura

Official Photographers

Paul Hayashi

Orlando Benedicto

Official Videographer

Peterson Rosario

Production

Jessica Cheng

Ross Lee

Lindsey Mau

Johnny Ng

Travis Poepoe

Jason Yoshida

Carson Young

Dressers

Karen Chen

Erica Lee

Nikky Poepoe

Tracy Zhang

Hair and Makeup

Dennis Guillermo

Anthony Haugen

Ryan Sales

Taryn Yamada

Tabulator

Howard Loo and Staff

Our Generous Supporters

Tina Au

Gifford Chang

Kelfred Chang

Alan Ho

Mabel Lau

Manny Manchester

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Yee Ting Wong

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Always Flowers

Big City Diner

Business Integration Group***

Excellent Gems and Diamonds

Fujian Business Association**

Gee Yung Chinese Martial Arts

Jade Dynasty Restaurant

Lung Doo Benevolent Society

Paul Hayashi Photography

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