HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Makaila Natividad walked home with the crown and the title of Miss Hawaii’s Outstanding Teen Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Natividad was one of nine contestants vying for the title, and a chance to represent Hawaii on the national stage in Florida at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition this July.
She’s an active student at Island Pacific Academy, participating in student government and community service groups.
Academic achievements were among the criteria contestants were judged on. Other categories of the score sheet included lifestyle and fitness, interview, evening wear, on-stage question and talent. She wowed the judges with a lyrical dance number to the song ‘Carry You.’
During her journey leading up to the competition, she said the biggest challenge was pushing herself to go above and beyond. She also enjoyed meeting the other girls and making life-long connections.
“I love my family so much and I’m so thankful for everyone’s support and especially the MHIOT Committee and all the candidates,” Natividad said shortly after crowning.
During her year, she will serve as an ambassador of the islands, a role model for teens, and a ‘little sister’ to Miss Hawaii.
Natividad will also advocate for her platform, Unplug: Family Before Technology. To her, that means re-establishing the human connection in a world where technology dependence is at an all-time high. She hopes to inspire families “to spend less time on their phones, and more time with each other”.
She also walked away with over $3,500 in scholarships along with various other prizes.
For more information on the Miss Hawaii’s Outstanding Teen organization, click here.