Sam Choy’s Poke Contest winners named

Mar. 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Sam Choy (Star-Advertiser file photo)

Sam Choy. (Star-Advertiser File)

Nakoa Pabre of Umeke’s in Kailua-Kona hit it big for the second year in a row at the third annual Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest at the Sheraton Keauhou Convention Center on Sunday. Pabre took first place in the professional division of the traditional poke category and won the Poke Throwdown. He also placed in the shoyu and non-seafood categories.

Facebook employee Wade Tamura took second place in the traditional category; Robin Ganir of Broke Da Mouth took third. In the nonprofessional division, traditional poke category, Ryan Koyanagi came in first place, Chuck Okazaki took second and Pono Bintliff was third.

Konawaena High took top honors in the high-school division’s traditional category; Kealakehe High was first in the cooked and shoyu categories.

Celebrity contest winner was florist Barbara Meheula, who vied against professional football player Max Unger, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and others.

Other categories included cooked poke and poke with Hamakua mushrooms. Approximately 1,000 people were on hand to cheer on the competitors.

The contest, part of Kamehameha School’s annual Kamehameha III celebration that commemorates Keauhou-born king Lani Kauikeaouli, is a benefit for Equip the Kitchens campaign for the future Hawai‘i Community College – Palamanui Campus.

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