Casey Sales-Salcedo Named Miss Maui 2017
Nineteen-year-old Casey Sales-Salcedo of Kīhei was crowned Miss Maui 2017 at the Miss Maui Scholarship pageant held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at the Maui Theater in Lahaina.
Sales-Salcedo will be the only entry from Maui at the Miss Hawaiʻi Pageant in June. If Sales-Salcedo becomes Miss Hawaiʻi, she will represent Hawaiʻi at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. She was crowned by Ma’ata Halaliku who completes her reign as Miss Hawaiʻi 2016 after winning the crown a year ago.
The competition included a private interview with a panel of seven judges at the historic Lahaina Seaman’s Hospital on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, followed by the pageant on Saturday which included a swimsuit, evening wear, on-stage question and talent competitions.
During the talent competition, Sales-Salcedo performed a hula, an art-form she has practiced for more than half of her life. When she was 15-years-old, she said she had the opportunity to travel to Japan with her hula sisters and performed in hula shows in 14 different cities.
Sales-Salcedo is the daughter of Roland and Maybelyn Salcedo and was born on the island of Kauaʻi. She is a graduate of Henry Perrine Baldwin High School and attended both Azusa Pacific University and Arizona State University.
Her career ambition is to become a Family Court Judge and her platform for the competition was “Love and Let Love” – empowering people to give and receive love.
The competition also included the following awards: First Runner-Up, Nicole Kailani McCabe; Second Runner-Up Darcie Morondos; Third Runner-Up Ayin Kukunaokala Tinajero; Most Photogenic Shay-Elizabeth Tehani Maio; and Congeniality Award (chosen by her peers) Shay-Elizabeth Tehani Maio.
Also competing this year were: Kalena Puanani Balingit and Nahele Crivello.
The panel of judges included: Dane Patao Jr.- Radio DJ and Musician; Venus Rosete- Kamehameha Schools Regional Director; Joy Medeiros- MPD Sergeant; Dean Duque-FHB Branch Manager; Robert Rivera-Prosecuting Attorney; Wendy Osher-News Director for Pacific Media Group and Maui Now; and Head Judge, Hulu Lindsey-Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee.
Clarke Tuitele and Malika Dudley served as masters of ceremonies for the event.
This year, the Miss Maui Organization gave cash scholarships totaling $5,000, Argosy University Scholarships, awards, gifts and prizes. In addition, the winner received a $10,000 Argosy University scholarship along with special gifts, prizes and the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Miss Hawai’i Scholarship Pageant in June.
Miss Maui is part of the Miss America Organization which is the country’s largest provider of scholarships that give young women the opportunity to further their education. It is the official preliminary to the prestigious Miss Hawaiʻi Scholarship pageant and the Miss America Pageant that was established in 1921.The competition is open to contestants between the ages of 17 and 24.
*Note: Maui Now’s Wendy Osher was a judge and Meteorologist Malika Dudley (former Miss Hawaiʻi) served as an Emcee for the event.