Five Maui women will compete tonight on Oahu in the 2013 Miss Hawaii Sweeper Scholarship Pageant, the last chance to earn a spot in the Miss Hawaii pageant in June.
Miss Central Maui Ma'ata Halaliku, Miss Maui Lani Amanda Sutton, Miss Kahakuloa Kalena Young-Ho'opi'i, Miss Waikapu Tamara Pellazar and Miss Kihei 'Iolani Maile will compete for the chance to join Miss Maui Marissa Petsas, Miss Aloha Maui Sofia Godinez-Miller and Miss Valley Isle Pua Prones in the Miss Hawaii competition June 8 at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
Petsas, Godinez-Miller and Prones earned their titles at a competition Feb. 23 at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
The Sweeper competition is invitation-only and for contestants who have competed in a Miss Hawaii local competition in the current year and did not obtain a title. It is the last chance to gain a spot in the state competition for Miss Hawaii. Four spots to the
state competition will be awarded at the Sweeper to the state competi-tion, where the winner will represent Hawaii in the Miss America contest.
In fact, Halaliku was first runner-up and Sutton the second runner-up in the Maui competition.
At the Feb. 23 event, Miss Maui's Outstanding Teen and Mister Maui also were crowned.
Miss Maui's Outstanding Teen was Sascia Campos-Ewaliko. The other winners were Miss Aloha Maui's Outstanding Teen Zoey Traxler-Nuesca and Miss Valley Isle Outstanding Teen Maka Prones.
They will be competing for the Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen crown in Honolulu on April 27, a preliminary to the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program. The current reigning Miss Hawaii Outstanding Teen is Maui's Hulali Brown.
Mister Maui Hawaii is Analu Mattos. The other winners were Mister Aloha Maui Kaniala Masoe and Mister Valley Isle Ponia Matsumoto.
They will be competing in the Mr. Hawaii and Hawaii's Most Beautiful Man Scholarship Competition in Honolulu, a preliminary to the 2014 America's Man of the Year Scholarship Competition.
The nine winners in the February competition received scholarships. UH Maui College presented the Miss Maui and Mister Maui Hawaii winners with $1,000 scholarships.
Argosy University Hawaii presented the Miss Maui, Miss Aloha Maui, Miss Valley Isle, Mister Maui Hawaii, Mister Aloha Maui and Mister Valley Isle winners each with $10,000 scholarships.
The first runner-ups were presented with $8,000 scholarships and the second runner-ups $6,000 scholarships by Argosy.
Argosy also presented each contestant with $2,000 scholarships.
Miss Maui's Outstanding Teen won a $500 cash scholarship and Miss Aloha Maui's Outstanding Teen and Miss Valley Isle Outstanding Teen both won $250 cash scholarships from the Miss Maui Scholarship Pageant.
In the Maui contest, there were 12 Miss Maui contestants, three outstanding teen entrants and nine Mister Maui Hawaii competitors.