Join Us For The Next
International Pageant

July 29th and 31st
2021

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Teens ®

Miss Teen Hawaiian Islands International®

Kaylee Maluenda

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
If I could be any superhero, I would choose Wonderwoman. Not only is she a beautiful icon, she is very involved with her community (which I love). She continues to lend a hand to her fellow citizens even when she is not fighting off bad guys.

What according to you is a true friend?
A true friend to me is someone who is willing to stick by your side even when times get rough. They also give a shoulder to lean on, and turn your frown upside down. True friends support each other no matter the circumstances!

How do you handle criticism?
I enjoy getting criticism from others. I believe that it's all about perspective. If you take it as constructive criticism, it looks like an opportunity to learn and grow from your experience. I also strongly feel that criticism helps build my character and helps me become a stronger person.

When was the last time you tried something new?
I recently went on a trip to Arizona with a group of kids from my state to visit my dream university. I was a bit nervous at first since my parents weren't going to be there with me but... I made lots of friends that I cannot wait to see again this upcoming fall semester!

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
Depending on the situation, I would say that crying is a sign of strength. Being able to show others that you are able to open your feelings and be vulnerable in front of them shows that you carry great compassion as a person. Everyone has feelings and there is no shame in expressing them!