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About the Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant

The Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant is a cultural and scholarship pageant and is a feeder to the national Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant which is held annually during the two-week Lunar New Year celebration in San Francisco, California.  Since 1979, more than half of the Hawaii queens have won the coveted title of Miss Chinatown U.S.A. or Princess. The Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant helps to develop young women of Chinese descent as they embark on a discovery of their ancestral past and personal growth.  Each year, the Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant awards over $35,000 in scholarship funds.  Contestants receive training in Chinese history and culture, Chinese cooking, make-up, beauty and poise, interviewing and personal development.  Through the help of numerous volunteers and experts in their fields, contestants are challenged mentally, physically, and spiritually during the months prior to the pageant.  In addition, participants develop valuable friendships that often last a lifetime. The phases of competition for the Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant are as follows:

  • Judges’ Interview (held prior to the pageant)
  • On-stage Question & Answer
  • Poise
  • Talent
  • Swimsuit/Physical Fitness (preparation for Miss Chinatown USA)

The Miss Chinatown Hawaii Queen represents the Chinese community in Hawaii, specifically Chinatown Honolulu. Founded by the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees in 1977, the MCH Pageant was designed as a two-part program – First, to seek  young women of Chinese ancestry  to represent the Chinese Community in Hawaii. Secondly, to prepare the Miss Chinatown Hawaii queen to compete for the National Title as the “Miss Chinatown USA”.  With more awareness and recognition than ever before, the pageant continues to grow as Hawaii’s premiere pageant for women of Chinese descent.

If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, in running in the  Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant, please email us at [email protected]. Or you may download the Click to download the 2024 Application and Rules.

  • Between 18-28 years of age
  • Chinese ethnicity (authenticated by birth certificate)
  • Single, never been married
  • No children
Pageant classes include:
  • History of the Chinese in Hawaii
  • Chinese traditions in Hawaii/History
  • Chinese cooking
  • Make up, beauty and poise/walking
  • Physical fitness/Martial Arts
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Interviewing and personal development
Phases of competition:
  • Judge’s Interview
  • Swimwear
  • Talent
  • Chinese gown (cheong sam)
  • On-stage question & answer
Prizes include:
  • Tuition & Scholarships
  • Sponsorship to compete in the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant in San Francisco
  • Sponsorship to compete in the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant


Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant Directors:

  • Stephanie Ching
  • Jennifer Hong
  • Ross Lee
  • Johnny Ng

Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant Volunteers:

  • Karen Chen
  • Jessica Cheng
  • Lindsey Mau
  • Stephanie Wang

Official Photographers:

  • Nikki Doo (court photos)
  • Paul Hayashi (contestant photos)

Official Videographer:

  • Peterson Rosario

For information about the pageant, E-mail us