Distinguished Young Women participants come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: the desire to succeed. Below are the Distinguished Young Women of Hawaii participants for the Class of 2021.

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Jiana Abela Nakashima

City: Mililani

College Preference: Colorado Christian University

Career Goals: Cognitive Psychologist/ Novelist

Talent: Piano/Vocal Performance (Beneath your Beautiful , by Labrinth )

Dayanee Faust

City: Keaau

College Preference: Northern Arizona Univ/Colorado State Univ

Career Goals: Wildlife Biologist

Talent: Musical Theatre (Mamma Mia, by ABBA)

Kealailiahi Ford

City: Waianae

College Preference: Pitzer College

Career Goals: Clinical Psychologist

Talent: Vocal Performance (Pulled, by Andrew Lippa)

Isabella Gismundo-Hook

City: Mililani

College Preference: California Polytechnic State University, UH Manoa

Career Goals: Graphic Designer

Talent: Color Guard Routine (The Battle Room, by Steve Jablonsky)

Alyse Glaser

City: Kailua

College Preference: University of Hawaii or Pitzer College

Career Goals: Pediatric Surgeon or Anesthesiologist

Talent: Pottery Presentation (, by Alyse Glaser)

Christa Lopez

City: Pearl City

College Preference: Hawaii Pacific University

Career Goals: Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent

Talent: Creative Sign Language (You Say, by Lauren Daigle)

Tracee Nguyen

City: Honolulu

College Preference: Northeastern University

Career Goals: Fragrance Chemistry

Talent: Dance (Tap) 

Nisha Nimoai

City: Waianae

College Preference: Washington State University

Career Goals: Youth Social Worker/ High School Therapist

Talent: Slam Poetry (Heads and Tails, by Nisha Nimoai)

Michelle Pham

City: Honolulu

College Preference: Brown University/University of Southern California

Career Goals: Speech Pathologist

Talent: Poetry Recitation (Young Woman, by Michelle Pham)

Ellie Sampson

City: Honolulu

College Preference: Harvard College

Career Goals: United Nations Diplomat, Elected Official

Talent: Vocal Performance (What I Did For Love, by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban)

Sophia Stark

City: Honolulu

College Preference: Manhattan School of Music

Career Goals: Broadway artist, Fine & Performing Arts Instructor

Talent: Vocal Performance  (Glitter and Be Gay, by Leonard Bernstein)

Therese Marie Velez

City: Honolulu

College Preference: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Career Goals: Veterinarian

Talent: Ukulele/Vocal Performance (Everything Stays, by Rebecca Sugar)

Cosette Wu

City: Honolulu

College Preference: Harvard College

Career Goals: Physician/Patient Advocate

Talent: Classical Piano (Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, by Beethoven)

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