The contest – originally scheduled for spring but delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic – took place on Saturday at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, and was shown live on the Miss America Facebook page.
Miss Teen USA 2005 Allie LaForce and Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst are hosting the show. A panel of former winners from the Miss Universe Foundation as well as TikTok star Sara Echeagaray selected the winners.
Teenagers from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia competed for the crown.
Arruda, 18, is a freshman at Puget Sound University studying molecular and cell biology and hopes to become a dermatologist, according to the Miss Hawaii USA website. It was her brother̵
7;s autism diagnosis that inspired her to campaign to raise awareness about autism.
The last person from Hawaii to win Miss Teen USA was Kelly Hu in 1985, according to CNN’s KHON.