Judges on Sunday named Brianna Acostathe new Miss Hawaii USA.
Acosta describes herself in her Twitter profile as “a nerdy coconut girl in a high fashion world; independent, intellectual young woman destined and determined to conquer the world!”
She will represent Hawaii at the 2013 Miss USA pageant.
The Miss USA pageant is owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal. Winner of the national pageant represents the United States at the Miss Universe competition.
If Acosta is crowned Miss USA, she will become the fifth Miss Hawaii USA titleholder to win the national pageant.
The first four were Miss Hawaii USA 1962 Macel Wilson, Miss Hawaii USA 1972 Tanya Wilson, Miss Hawaii USA 1978 Judi Andersen and Miss Hawaii USA 1997 Brook Lee.
Lee was crowned Miss Universe 1997 and Andersen was first runner-up for Miss Universe 1978.
Another state titleholder, Miss Hawaii USA 1981 Teri Ann Lynn, gained recognition for portraying Kristen Forrester Dominguez on the TV soap, “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Lynn also knew future President Barack Obama at an early age. They were classmates at Punahou School in Honolulu.
Dates and locations for the 2013 Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will be announced later. The final evenings of competition in both pageants will be broadcast live on NBC.