DE GRACIA: Why fans should pick Hawaii for Miss USA 2013

Put the Fiftieth State in lead at this year’s Miss USA. Photo: Brianna Acosta is Miss Hawaii USA 2013. (Official photo by Fadil Berisha)

HONOLULU, June 14, 2013 – On Sunday night, Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether will crown this year’s successor at the conclusion of a highly anticipated two-hour pageant telecast. Some fifty-one of America’s most intelligent, talented, stylish and beautiful women from Washington D.C. and each of the states will compete for this year’s title, but today and Saturday fans have the opportunity to vote their favorite representative into Sunday’s group of fifteen semifinalists.

As a resident of Hawaii, I can’t help but be exceptionally proud of my state’s Brianna Acosta who is also a recent journalism and political science graduate from the University of Hawaii. Beautiful, brainy and politically savvy, Acosta represents the pinnacle of Hawaii’s amazing diversity and the future of America. With expertise in fields ranging from public policy to robotics to soccer and more, Acosta is one of the most incredible individuals to ever compete for the title of Miss USA.

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In an exclusive interview late last year, Acosta spoke of her determination to represent the important cultural, historic, and international significance of the Fiftieth State in her reign as Miss Hawaii USA 2013. If she were selected as this year’s Miss USA, I believe Acosta would bring great honor to America’s youngest state and bring a unique perspective to the nation. As the 21st century brings a pivot towards Asia, Hawaii’s importance as a bridge between East and West must not be overlooked.

Be sure today and Saturday to vote “Hawaii” online at!


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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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