Former Miss Hawaii, Candes Meijide Gentry, is a multi-faceted renaissance woman who has attained a great level of success in a variety of business and artistic pursuits.  As an accomplished performer and recording artist, Candes has recorded and produced several CD’s including: A Change in Me & Come What May, both of which were nominated for Hawaii Music Awards and received great reviews. Candes is very excited about the release of her first Holiday Album, commemorating Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood, entitled Candes: Christmas Will Find Us Wherever We Are. Released under her own record label, CMG Records, Christmas Will Find Us Wherever We Are is the perfect blend of traditional holiday classics, Hawaiian Christmas favorites and even some Island-inspired originals.

Candes has been performing locally for over 10 years and is a regular in the local theatre scene.  Her lovely and talented voice has been heard at Diamond Head Theatre in such musicals as GiGi, Lee Cataluna’s You Somebody, Sondheim’s Follies as well as the Ilima Awards and most recently GYPSY.  Candes’ talent as a vocalist spans many genre; recent projects include a Children’s album in Spanish & a techno/dance single both produced by Atelier 808. In addition to Classical, Musical Theatre, Children’s & Dance, Candes has also recently completed voice-over work for two upcoming indie-animated musicals. As a voting member of both the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Artists and the National Academy of Recording Arts, Candes is committed to helping raise awareness and recognition for music produced and recorded in the Islands.

In addition to her passion for the performing arts, Candes is also an accomplished triathlete who has competed in six world championship events and over ten marathons, including the Boston Marathon and the Kona Ironman.  Candes is a Model with Niche Models & Talent and has worked as a spokesperson for triathlon, several local and national non-profit organizations, as well as hosted a series of sport related television segments. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Travel Industry Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the UH Shidler College of Business where she is a featured community leader and has developed a scholarship endowment for aspiring entrepreneurs. Candes is also a Director of Gentry Pacific, Ltd., and the Miss Hawaii Scholarship Program.