Olokele Sugar Co.’s 1959 Vegetable and Flower Show

On Sunday afternoon, April 19, 1959, residents from all over Kauai, along with groups of tourists, formed a continual flow of traffic into Kaumakani Village to attend the 16th annual Olokele Sugar Co. Vegetable and Flower Show.

A bounty of vegetables and flowers grown by Kaumakani residents were on display in the recreation center, while judges inspected the best home yards and vegetable gardens in the village.

Jose Pablo of House 17 took first prize in the best home yard contest. Pablo’s meticulously maintained lawn, tidy fenced walkways and pretty floral borders were awarded a perfect score of 100 by contest judges.

Second place went to Pablo’s neighbor in House 16, Emilio Igne, with 95 points, while House 5, the home of Umetaro Murakami, placed third with 90 points.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Sabero Maligro, House 99, and Placido Jose and Jacintho Dela Cruz of House 132.

The yard of Alejandro Rupisan, Leonardo Castillo, Lorenzo Colobong and Paciano Mateo of House 120 came in first among the bachelor house contestants.

In spite of dry weather and recent storms, as had also been the case in past years, the hardworking vegetable garden contestants were not deterred from producing fine, although not particularly plentiful, gardens.

Top prize in the vegetable garden contest was won by Lucas Calves of House 156. Goro Tanimoto, House 311, took second place, and Tareru Akagi of House 509 was third.

There were three honorable mentions: Charles Kobayashi, House 512, Kenichi Moribe, House 10, and Shozo Ijima, House 303.

A Kaumakani School poster contest was also held. Rolando Domingcil, eighth-grade, first place; Patricia Nakao, eighth-grade, second; Priscilla Bigno, seventh-grade, third. Eighth-grader John Matsuda was fourth and Conchita Soriano, of the sixth-grade earned fifth place.

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