Hi! My name is Rylee Brooke Kamahele, I am 10 years old, and I am your Miss Hawaii Pre-Teen United States 2018.
My platform is to turn youth into leaders and to create change in the world by inspiring other kids. I work towards building this platform through two of my soon-to-be non-profit organizations. By both teaming up with other non-profit organizations and providing opportunities under the programs that we run for kids, we give youth the chance to take what they love and turn what they are passionate about into action through training, education, community service, internships, mentorship, experience in running the programs in which they are involved, and eventually our leadership program where they can start their own initiatives, projects, businesses, or organizations.
Community service is one of the biggest and most important things in my life. My heart is truly in the work that I do.
I currently work with over 20 different organizations in Hawaii that serve the community in different ways. Some of the organizations I work with frequently are K9 Kokua, Poi Dogs and Popoki, and Fur Angel Foundation. I am the Director of Keiki Community Relations, Team Leader of Junior Volunteers for K9 Kokua and also act as their spokesmodel for media coverage. Under my official title, I coordinate my own community service projects on their behalf and organize and manage other children who volunteer. I also serve as an ambassador for One Ocean Global where I do work for ocean conservation and to reduce plastic pollution.
For the past year, my main focus has been on building two of my soon-to-be non-profit organizations, both of which are currently operating and have had very successful first years. We plan to file for 501c3 status this year. My first organization is called The Secret Santa Project Hawaii. I founded this project with my friends, Chelsea Masaki and Kadence Fergerstrom. Our mission is to bring Christmas to Hawaii’s houseless children and children in need. We run a year round donation drive to collect gifts and needs, then we do direct outreach during Christmas where we spend time with the children in shelters, camps, or programs. Last Christmas, our main objective was to reach the kids who other established programs were not able to reach. We adopted two shelters and one youth outreach program where we were able to provide gifts for 12 kids in two Women in Need domestic violence shelters, 148 kids from Ohana Ola’s transitional housing shelter, and 262 kids from Life 360, a program that works with youth from all of Oahu’s major low-income housing facilities. We collected over 650 donations and we were able to provide gifts for all 422 kids in need. With our surplus of donations this year, we were also able to give out prizes for games and set up tables with books, clothing, and other items to freely giveaway to the kids and their families. Our outreach really wanted to provide a Christmas experience for the kids, so we didn’t just deliver the gifts, we spent time at the shelters and provided food, played games and held contests, did read alouds, had performances, and made Christmas tree ice cream cones. We also had kids volunteering under my other organization’s program, Team Hawaii Takeover, come to do outreach through performance at the shelters where they sang and danced for the families and also got the kids
there to participate with them.
My second organization is called Love is a Verb Foundation which I founded with my friend, Pawehi Binz. Our mission is to build kids into leaders. We do this by both teaming up with other non-profits and by providing opportunities under our own organization through our mini programs. We provide opportunities for kids to take what they love and turn what they are passionate about into action through community service, training, education, and eventually an initiative program where they can start their own projects. Under Love is a Verb, we have 11 mini programs, 6 of which are operating and have had some major accomplishments in 2017. The biggest accomplishment for The Plastics Project, our program to reduce to overuse of single use plastics, was our first annual kid-involved beach cleanup that consisted of 10 kid volunteers and we removed 771lbs of trash and marine debris from Malaekahana. The Hashtag Speak Up Movement, our program to advocate for animals, has helped fight for Bill 22 and assisted in getting this low cost spay and neuter bill passed. We were also responsible for coordinating and organizing the removal of over 200 animals from the Nimitz homeless camp sweep. I was personally at the camp for a week with teams of animal rescuers while my team manned our Facebook page that had over 30,000 hits after we reached out for help. We are still assisting the four animal rescues that we worked with in placing the cats, dogs, and guinea pigs from the camp into permanent homes. PB & RB is our program to help feed Hawaii’s people in need. We launched PB & RB during Thanksgiving of 2017 and helped prepare food plates for over 300 of Hawaii’s homeless people. We passed them out at different homeless camps and parks. We also provided a potluck style Thanksgiving dinner for the families of Kapiolani Hospital’s NICU and PICU. Team Hawaii Takeover is our elite performance outreach group. Kids participating in THT helped us with performances during our outreach at shelters and for the Ronald McDonald House of Hawaii. We recently launched Alohi Strong, our program to help kids with illnesses, with a book drive for Shriners Hospital. We have just launched BRAVE Bear’s Travels, our antibullying program, and we are currently structuring Mission x Evolve, a program to provide a support system for children in the LGBTQ community, Book Bus Hawaii, a program to provide outreach through reading, a sports outreach program, a media and arts program, and and Mogul in the Making Inititative, where we assist the youth who have graduated through our LIAV program in building their own projects, entrepreneur ventures, or organizations.
In addition to the work I do in the community, we are working on piloting two programs in Hawaii Schools. We have teamed up with Diverse Arts and are currently planning a school tour in elementary schools that promotes antibullying, how your purpose is tied to your passion, and about staying true to yourself. We have also submitted a proposal to pilot a community fair similar to a career day, but to bring nonprofit organizations in to schools to teach youth what they do, why their work is important, and how they can help or get involved. The goal is to help youth find their passion, inspire change and new innovative ideas, and get youth involved in the community.
I am currently being mentored to have my own weekly radio show which will make the youngest
DJ in Hawaii. I'm so excited to structure and run my own radio program in the near future.
I am an entrepreneur and founded two companies, Brookie B and Glamour Kitty. For Brookie B I design, handcraft, and sell a line of jewelry, lip balms, lip scrubs, hats, and hair clips. I am one of three CEO’s for Glamour Kitty. My partners and I select clothing and accessories to bring in and resell. I also head a division known as “The Kitten Club” where I manage and train selected models for runway and also the choreograph and direct runway shows.
I recently started directing and producing two shows through Olelo with a team of my friends that will be premiering on television in a few months and will also be shared to YouTube as well as a global network that airs in 50 states, 196 countries, Comcast, and airport tv. One of those shows, Remember My Name, You’ll Be Seeing It, is run by Asher Morgado, Kaylee Brooke Shimizu, and myself and it showcases Hawaii's talented youth. In addition to our own production, I get to host a television segment on established local talk show, Living 808, to give our guests further exposure and hopefully more opportunities. The For Kids By Kids Show is a show created by the Remember My Name team and features 45 talented kids that I put together. It's our ideas, our voices, our show! This show will be a platform for our team to share what's important to them and to use their creativity to express themselves in many ways.
I have also been so blessed with the opportunity to host a local TV Show called Brown Bags to Stardom, a statewide talent show program that has been around for years and has been a starting point for many Hawaii stars. In addition to this show, I also host a globally televised show called Hot Rock TV.
I am an activist and I spend a lot of my time lobbying for bills that are important for our generation and the work that I do. I fight for much needed change, especially for animals and ocean conservation, and I love that I get to be a voice in a place where not many children know they can be heard. I was excited to see so many kids come out and fight for important changes that we want to see after a news story was aired about one of the bills that I fought for this session and other kids realized that they could do it too.
When I am not working, I am a flyer and tumbler in All Star Cheer, I take boxing, emcee events, and am starting to take acrobatics, aerial ring and silks skills, and dance classes. I also am an actress and a model and have been lucky enough to work not just in Hawaii, but in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta as well! I’ve done television shows, commercials, print ads, and runway and one of my favorite memories was walking in New York Fashion Week.
I have a total of 17 pets! I have 5 dogs, 6 cats, a pigeon, 2 chickens, a cockatoo, a rabbit, 2 guinea pigs, and a tortoise. My pets are rescues and most of them are special needs and require special care. For example, one of our dogs has diabetes and I help give her insulin injections twice a day. I also have 3 rescue birds currently under my care and care for about a dozen chickens.
I have always been an active animal rescuer and have rehabilitated, fostered, and helped animals all my life.
I love to design clothing! I designed my last 3 pageant gowns and even helped in the creation process of each. I am looking forward to helping other little girls bring their dream dresses to life one day!