By Diane Ako
Miss Hawaii Crystal Lee will be competing for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 15. ABC network will broadcast it live at 9 p.m.
The half Chinese-half Caucasian beauty called her schedule "crazy" at the time we met, because she only had two and a half months to prepare for this contest, since winning the state pageant.
"I'm in the red zone already, but I'm going to make it work," she smiled, noting that she's minding her diet, exercising three times a week, working on sharpening her skills for the national contest, while still making Miss Hawaii appearances.
Lee, who in person is even more radiant and charming than in pictures or television, remarked on this whirlwind journey, "It's exciting. To think that a girl from Waipio Gentry can achieve this? It made me realize that there's so much more opportunity out there for me and it's encouraged me to reach for the stars."
The 22 year old University of Hawaii graduate selected a platform of blood donation, because her grandfather needed blood transfusions during an illness.
Lee, who previously held the Miss Chinatown title, says she was raised to observe local Chinese traditions and appreciate Chinese food. Her personal goal is to become fluent in French; she studied in France for two months. Her post-pageant career goal is to work in advertising.
Good luck Crystal!