Lauren Kealohilani Cheape is Miss Hawaii 2011. She traces her roots in Hawai‘i back to 1859 and is the 6th generation to be born and raised in the islands. Lauren graduated from Mililani High School, University of Hawai’i with a B.A. degree in film production with the Academy for Creative Media and minored in Business and Japanese. Her first experience with the legislature was with her documentary Farm Grown that helped pass the Feed Subsidy Bill. Lauren was a four year Division I scholar-athlete at the University of Hawai‘i as a Wahine Water Polo player. She was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and initiated the C.A.R.E. Collegiate Athletes Reaching Everyone program, which uses student-athletes to encourage youth to excel in academics and participate in athletics.
Lauren won the title of Miss Hawai’i 2011 and represented our Hawaii at the Miss America pageant in January. At Miss America she was a Quality of Life Finalist (award for community service), the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) Award for raising the most money in the country for Hawaii’s CMNH (Kapi‘olani Hospital), and won the talent portion of competition with a jump rope routine to the iconic song Hawai’i 5-0. She has tirelessly served our community throughout her life and during her year as Miss Hawai‘i. Lauren is passionate about making a difference in our state. She was planted in Waialua, grew up in Mililani, and is rooted in both communities.
Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”