Hawaii places second at Miss USA pageant

Hawaii places second at Miss USA pageant

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Miss Hawaii USA Chelsea Hardin was the first runner-up for the Miss USA 2016 contest, narrowly edged by the winner, Deshauna Barber of District of Columbia.

The event took place Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Hardin was asked several tough questions. One question that drew mixed reactions from the crowd was about whether she would vote for the likely candidates Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, who is the former owner of the pageant.

Hardin responded that the new president should work for what's right for the country and that gender does not matter when it comes to voting for the president.

After the contest, Hardin posted on her Instagram account, "Thank you everyone for the love and support! This is more than I could have ever asked for! What an amazing experience meeting so many great people and making endless memories."

Born and raised in Hawaii, Hardin, 24, is a graduate of Iolani School and California Polytechnic State University. Hardin, an NCAA division 1 volleyball player, said she also enjoys surfing, hiking, canoe paddling and diving for shells.

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