Miss Hawaii pays homage to Pele in the Miss America 'Show Us Your Shoes' parade

Miss Hawaii pays homage to Pele in the Miss America 'Show Us Your Shoes' parade
The heels depict the vibrant landscape of Hawaii Island. (Image: Miss Hawaii Organization)
The heels depict the vibrant landscape of Hawaii Island. (Image: Miss Hawaii Organization)
Penelope Ng Pack rides alongside her mother in the parade. (Image: Miss Hawaii Facebook)
Penelope Ng Pack rides alongside her mother in the parade. (Image: Miss Hawaii Facebook)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (HawaiiNewsNow) - Over 4,800 miles from Home, Miss Hawaii Penelope Ng Pack honored Madame Pele with a creative pair of tricked out Hawaii-themed heels.

Ng Pack is in Atlantic City vying for the title of Miss America 2019, a scholarship competition now in it's 98th year.

She wore the shoes Saturday in the annual "Show Us Your Shoes" parade, a fun, non-competitive aspect of the pageant that encourages the 51 contestants to show pride for their home state with custom designed, over-the-top shoes.

In previous years, contestants from around the nation have created custom looks, and have worn anything from army to ski boots, slippers, crystal-covered pumps and even swim fins.

Miss Hawaii's lava-inspired look was designed and created by her and her glam team, and took over 30 days to complete.

It featured a combination of recycled plastic water bottles, resin, beads, flowers and ferns, and of course — glitter, to depict Kilauea's powerful flowing lava after the eruption earlier this year.

It may not be the most practical to wear, but it does capture the spirit of the eruption and the vibrant landscape of the Big Island.

"Hawaii's volcanic eruption is both a natural disaster and phenomenon. This has been devastating for residents in the southern part of the Big Island, but this is only one area of Hawaii. I want to welcome visitors to continue to travel to Hawaii and experience our islands, culture, and environment in light of the current lava flow, because there is beauty in mother nature's power," Miss Hawaii said in a fact sheet about her shoes.

"Our Hawaiian Islands are the only state that continues to grow, as our island chain was formed by volcanic eruption. Kilauea can be seen as destructive, but it also brings new life," she added.

Every stone on the shoe is hand placed and the red 'lava' incorporates lights into the design.

Over the last week, Ng Pack has competed in preliminary rounds of competition, and was awarded a $5,000 Women in Business scholarship to help her as she purses her MBA.

She hopes to walk away with the crown and a $50,000 scholarship Sunday night in the final round of competition, which will be broadcast on ABC at 8 p.m.

The Miss America Organization has been shrouded in controversy recently after program directors were accused of bullying, censoring and unfairly treating previous winners.

A new format for competition was also announced: Miss America 2.0.

The change includes doing away with the swimsuit phase of competition, a move organizers hope will shift the focus from a contestant's physical appearance to her overall character and lifestyle.

[Read more: Can controversy fill swimsuit void at Miss America pageant?]

Hawaii has been home to two former Miss America titleholders: Carolyn Suzanne Sapp in 1991, and Angela Perez Baraquio in 2000. Baraquio was the first Asian-American to win the crown.

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