Tayten Kaleo Punzal wanted to enter his shell and ti leaf creation into the 36th annual Irmalee & Walter Pomroy Lei Contest, but at 17 months of age, he was too young, said Onio Punzal.
The Kauai Museum celebrated May Day with its annual lei competition which attracted a wide range of lei using fresh material. Once judging was completed, swarms of people poured through the courtyard gates to get a closer look at the lei, beating the heat with a selection from the Ono Pops coolers holding some seasonal delights like the Pickled Mango flavored treat.
Linda Pitman, inspired and taught by Irmalee Pomroy, and Kaua‘i Iki of Ke Kula O Ni‘ihau at Kekaha captured the most honors after combining both the Special Award and Category winnings.
Mia Javellana was deemed the Youngest Lei Maker, and Malia Nobrega-Olivera was tops in the New Winner categories.