Hu also has a soft spot for the local Los Angeles color, and she and her
friends are familiar with the Hollywood club scene. "We go to Roxbury a lot.
We almost lived there for a while. Sometimes we'd go out as often as
three or four times a week, religiously. We were bad."
Some of those revels were disasters. "I like to drink socially, but I'm not
very good at it. I get drunk very easily. The group that I hang out with,
we're really into Sex on the Beach shots and these things called Mike Tyson
shots. Scary. I don't even know what's in them."
Then she stumbled into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. "I guess I had
the wrong room, but I sat in anyway because it was so interesting and I
thought I had something to learn. It was almost like I was sent there." She
stayed for the whole meeting. "I learned to be sympathetic to people who
are affected by alcoholism. I learned so much about myself and was
reminded to be that much more thankful for the things I have. There are
people out there who are alcoholics, drug addicts, who have the AIDS virus,
and are still working toward bettering themselves and helping other
"I said to myself: Here I am being depressed over something stupid like a
bad hair day or a bad skin day.' I have no business thinking that way." The
run-in with AA changed her clubbing habits, and pressuring someone to
have a drink will never again figure in her socializing agenda.
The room Hu had been looking for that day was that of a group called
Project Angel Food, a charity with which Hu has been associated for some
time. They make and deliver dinners for AIDS patients, and Hu has worked
in the kitchen on occasion.
Hu has adapted quite well to California, but remains at heart an island girl.
"I think Hawaii is one of the few places in the world that has almost no
prejudice. I have never come across prejudice once. People are
intermarried and you don't define your friends by where they're from.
People have six, seven, eight races mixed up in them, nobody cares. I think
that's one of our best attributes, the fact that people there are so open and
so liberal." Who could be a better spokesperson as the next Miss Hawaii?