Spreading cheer and the aloha spirit with a special performance
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the uncertainty that has come with it, a group of Forever Miss Hawaii have joined forces to spread cheer and the aloha spirit by creating a special video to share with Hawaii’s communities. The video entitled, “Miss Hawaii Medley,” features past Miss Hawaii from 1973 to 2019 who have virtually combined their talents in mele, dance, and instrumental performances.
The Forever Miss Hawaii who participated in the video project include Allison Chu, Angela Baraquio Grey, Ashley Layfield, Billie Takaki Lueder, Candes Gentry, Carolyn Sapp Daniels, Cathy Foy, Cheryl Bartlett, Cheryl Toma Sanders, Courtney Glaza Naso, Crystal Montrone, Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Denby Dung Cabaldon, Erika Kauffman, Jalee Palompo, Jennifer Hera Pimentel, Kanoe Kaumeheiwa Miller, Kanoe Naone, Kanoelani Gibson Nitta, Kathryn Teruya, Kehaulani Christian Takenishi, Lani Stone Kaaa, Lauren Matsumoto, Ligaya Stice, Malika Dudley, Melissa Short Zapin, Nicole Fox, Nikki Kehaulani Holbrook, Penelope Ng Pack, and Skyler Kamaka.
Said Penelope Ng Pack (Miss Hawaii 2018), coordinator of the project, “In order to achieve this 6.5-minute video, each participating Forever Miss Hawaii recorded herself performing her chosen talent to a rendition of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s medley of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘What A Wonderful World,’ all while safe at home.”
Ng Pack continued, “The individual videos were then sent on to me for editing. We also received the generous help of Kale Chang, a former Miss Hawaii judge and owner of ‘Auwa’a Studios, for the final vocal mix.”
Adds current Miss Hawaii, Nikki Kehaulani Holbrook, “The Miss Hawaii Organization is rooted in community service and it is our hope that by sharing this video, we will be able to lift the spirits of those who watch it.”
About The Miss Hawaii Organization:
The Miss Hawaii Organization (MHO) is comprised of dedicated volunteers who produce the Miss Hawaii competition each year. It is an official preliminary to the prestigious Miss America Pageant, established in 1921, the single largest provider of scholarships for women in the world.