Naia Torres is a 17-year-old who was born and raised in Hawaii. She is a senior at Kamehameha High School and plans to pursue a medical degree specializing in pediatrics or dermatology upon graduation. Her interests include cheerleading, dancing hula and ballet, writing poetry, and make-up artistry. She is a published author and has goals of one day writing her own book. Naia is the founder of the nonprofit organization Caring 4 our Community Inc., which promotes the importance of volunteering in the community while building self-esteem, communication skills, healthy relationships, and fighting against bullying.
Naia was first introduced to UNM in 2015 when she competed as Miss Hawaii preteen. Naia has always dreamed of returning to UNM and was able to do so as Hawaii Jr. Teen 2018.
Being crowned as the 2018 USA National Jr. Teen is not only a dream come true but an honor. Along with the title of USA National Jr. Teen, Naia was also able to win best interview in the Jr. Teen division, as well as best overall runway in the Sr. Division.
As your 2018 USA National Jr. Teen, Naia continued to promote the Crown C.A.R.E.S by sharing her own story regarding bullying, as well as her non-profit organization Caring 4 our Community Inc. “A’ohe hana nui ke alu’ia”– No task is too big when done together by all! One of Naia’s biggest goals is always to empower others through volunteering while making a positive impact on the lives of the people she meets.