Miss Hawaii Junior High School America 2013, Mahealani Sims-Tulba, met with Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutui to accept the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which was created by President Obama’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also presented her with a Certificate of Commendation. In addition to those honors, Mahealani also received a Hawaii State Senate Certificate of Recognition from Senator Donovan Dela Cruz.
An accomplished teen, Mahealani has logged a hundred hours of volunteer hours with numerous worthy charities including the Children’s Miracle Network, American Red Cross and Make-A-Wish. The 13-year-old has also proven her excellence in the classroom by earning a 3.9 grade point average.
Mahealani spoke about her pageant platform, the Crown C.A.R.E.S. (Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools), and about her efforts on combatting bullying with the Lieutenant Governor. She has also shared this anti-bullying message with many of Hawaii’s children and written and illustrated a book titled, “It’s Okay to be Different.”
Her inspiring work exemplifies the capabilities and the potential of Hawaii’s intermediate and middle school students, which the Lieutenant Governor’s R.E.A.C.H. Initiative seeks to foster and support.
Next month, Mahealani will compete in a national pageant in Orlando, Florida where she will represent Hawaii.
Her parents are Kim and Augie Tulba.