North Shore woman chosen Miss Hawaii USA


POSTED: Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Renee Mokihana Nobriga, from Oahu's North Shore was crowned the 2010 Miss Hawaii USA last night at LEVEL4 in the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki.

Nobriga, 25, is a model and works in sales. She is the daughter of Kealoha and Iwalani Nobriga, lives in Pupukea and graduated from Kahuku High School in 2002. Nobriga has an associate's degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in liberal arts. 

Miss Hawaii USA is a preliminary contest to the Miss USA pageant. Miss USA then moves on to compete for the highly coveted crown of Miss Universe. The last Miss USA from Hawaii Brook Lee went on to win Miss Universe in 1997.

Other award winners in last night's contest were:

Academic Achievement: Melissa McMurray

Miss Photogenic: (tie) Kawena Chun and Delys Recca

Hawaiian Language: Kawena Chun

Community Service: Cydney Chu

Miss Congeniality: Delys Recca

Miss Popularity: Melissa McMurray

People's Choice: Kellene Chun

Advertising: Kawena Chun

Best Interview: Colette Errico

Best Swimsuit: Kawena Chun

Best Evening Gown: (tie) Renee Nobriga and Kawena Chun

More than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded, according to the organizers.