Famous because the 1st Asian-American winner from the Miss America contest, she received the desired pageant crown in 2001. The prior year, she experienced received the Miss Hawaii pageant name. After earning a qualification in primary education from your University or college of Hawaii at Manoa, she trained physical education in the Holy Family members Catholic Academy in Honolulu. A vocal challenger of abortion, she publicly indicated her pro-life sights inside a pre-2008 presidential election video place. She and her nine siblings had been born and elevated in Honolulu, Hawaii, inside a Filipino-American category of the Roman Catholic trust. With her spouse, Polynesian musician Tinifuloa Gray, she elevated four kids and began a carrying out arts group known as Isle Entertainment. She and previous Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan had been both winners from the Miss America pageant (in 2001 and 2011, respectively).