First-timers fare well in 4-H livestock arena

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Duane Shimogawa was probably more thrilled than Breana Po‘ai when he found out the Kapa‘a Middle School student had topped the 4-H Market Steer competition.

“This was her first steer, and it came from my stock,” Shimogawa said. “Not bad for a first-timer, yeah?”

Po‘ai, 11, was overwhelmed with the honor and at a loss for words, smiling modestly at Shimogawa’s words.

In addition to the first-place award in the Live Placing for market steers, Po‘ai was a participant in the Junior Showmanship arena with her Red Angus cross which topped the scales at 1,355 pounds for the show.

“Next time, maybe we’ll get you a little smaller animal,” Shimogawa said, noting that Po‘ai’s steer was the heaviest of the six steers entered.

Kira Blackstad-Pimental, who placed second and first in the Junior Showmanship for the market hogs competition, topped the Junior Showmanship arena for the market steer show. She later went on to top the Junior Showmanship in the 4-H Market Lamb competition.

Megan Souza, competing in all three market livestock competitions, finished second in the Junior Showmanship for the market steers. Her market lamb finished in third place and in the market hog arena, her entry finished in fourth place as did her Hereford cross in the steer arena.

Thalia Souza, another first-year steer producer, finished the 4-H Market Steer competition in second for the Live Placing, but topped the Senior Showmanship arena with her Red Angus from Medeiros Farms.

Souza, who fared well in the recent state farm fair on O‘ahu, said after six years of raising lambs, she finally got up the courage to try her hand at steers.

Her Suffolks/Hampshire cross earned second place in the 4-H Market Lamb competition, and she also copped a second place rosette in the Senior Showmanship arena for that show.

Casie Kawamura, 15, was the top winner for the 4-H Market Lamb competition, her 147-pound Suffolks/Hampshire cross earning top honors in the Live Placing and top honors for her in the Senior Showmanship arena. Her lamb tied with Souza’s lamb at 147 pounds.

Earlier, Kawamura was a third place winner in the Live Placing for the 4-H Market Hog competition and finished with top honors in the Senior Showmanship for that division with her Large White Landrace that weighed in at 218 pounds.

All of the livestock were auctioned off at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or

4-H Livestock

Market Steer

Breana Po‘ai 1 Jr Show

Thalia Souza 2 1 Sr Show

Matthew Kawamura 3 Jr Show

Megan Souza 4 2 Jr Show

Casie Kawamura 5 2 Sr Show

Kira Pimental 6 1 Jr Show

Market Lambs

Casie Kawamura 1 1 Sr Show

Thalia Souza 2 2 Sr Show

Megan Souza 3 Jr Show

Kira Pimental 4 1 Jr Show

Hallie Cristobal 5 2 Jr Show

Brianna Kaneshiro 6 Jr Show

Chad Andrade 7 Jr Show

Market Hogs

Jade Nakamoto 1 Jr Show

Kira Pimental 2 1 Jr Show

Casie Kawamura 3 1 Sr Show

Megan Souza 4 Jr Show

Hallie Cristobal 5 2 Jr Show

Ross Brun 6 Jr Show

Brianna Kaneshiro 7 Jr Show

Chad Andrade 8 Jr Show

Brittney Brun 9 Jr Show


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