Matthew Kawamura, Kyra Bukoski sweep 4-H judging

LIHUE — Curly handled Curly and rose to the top of the Market Steer show, during judging at the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair.

Matthew “Curly” Kawamura, handling his Lim-Flex, also named Curly, topped the Showmanship placing after earlier receiving Champion honors in the Live Placing judging by Dr. Halina Zaleski of the University of Hawaii.

Kyra Bukoski swept the 4-H Market Goats show last Thursday, getting Champion honors in both Live Placing as well as top honors in the Junior Showmanship category.

Those were the top two honors earned by 4-H Livestock Club members who were also treated to a special $500 contribution by the A&B Hawaii Foundation, minutes ahead of the live auction of livestock, Saturday night.

Trinette Kaui of A&B Properties viewed the competition before making the award during the hospitality period for buyers.

Chad Andrade, getting top honors for his Rambouillet X Mouflon named King Leonitis in the 4-H Wether Wool/Hair Breed live showing, finished second in the Senior Showmanship.

His order reversed when he took Terminator, a hog from Kaneshiro Hog Farm, through the paces before Judge Dr. Halina Zaleski of the University of Hawaii.

Terminator ended second in the Live Placing to Alyssa Kaneshiro, who got help from Kira Pimental in showing Blossom. But Andrade came back to top the Senior Showmanship judging.

Judging criteria is based on overall animal quality during the Live Placing while Showmanship criteria focuses on the individual’s handling of his, or her animal as well as that of another member and answering questions from Zaleski on their respective projects.

Thursday night judging included 4-H Market Goats and 4-H Wether, or lambs, in both Wool and Hair Breed as well as Meat Breed.

Friday night judging covered 4-H Market Hogs and 4-H Market Steers, all of the animals based on 90-day projects with the exception of the steers which needed to be less than two years old by weigh-in.

Following Kyra and Andrade in the 4-H Market Goats, Raghav Kumar earned third in Live Placing (third in Jr. Show), Bill Souza finished fourth in Live Placing (second in Jr. Show), and Chantal Rusaw finished fifth in Live Placing (first in Sr. Show).

Rusaw went on to finish second below Andrade in the Live Placing judging for 4-H Wether Wool/Hair and third in Sr. Show.

Laei Bukoski, the sole Jr. member, finished third in Wool/Hair Live Placing.

JR Souza edged out Bill Souza in the 4-H Wether Meat Live Placing, JR getting first followed by Bill getting second place. But JR did not participate in the Sr. Showmanship, giving Bill second place honors below Brayden Poai who finished third in the Live Placing.

Kawamura rounded out the field in fourth for Live Placing and tops in the Senior Showmanship.

Kawamura advanced to sweep the 4-H Market Steer judging, Friday night, Billie Anne Bukoski, being dwarfed by her Red Angus named Pancho, getting second in both Live and Showmanship. Jade Nakamoto, showing a Black Angus named Diesel, rounded out the steers in third for both Live and Showmanship.

Alyssa Kaneshiro, confined to her crutches, was awarded the Grand Champion rosette by Pimental who handled her 4-H Market hog.

Runner-up honors in the Live Placement went to Chad Andrade for Terminator. Andrade went on to top the Sr. Showmanship.

Bill Souza captured the third place in Live Placement and tops in the Jr. Show.

Storm Orsatelli filled in fourth place in Live Placement, getting third in Jr. Show followed by Coryssa Silva leading Daisy to fifth in the Live Placing and second in the Jr. Showmanship judging.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@


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