LEO AND HERME NORBERTE AND MIGUEL MESA WON TOP KAʻŪ COFFEE in the 13th Annual Hawai'i Coffee Association's Cupping Contest on Friday. Three Kaʻū Coffees scored in the top ten from throughout Hawai'i. Norberte's JN Red Bourbon Fruit- Dried entry scored 86.90, the third highest score in the state. Rusty's Hawaiian Bourbon Fruit-Dried came in second for Kaʻū, with a score of 86.48, the
eighth highest score in the state. Third in Kaʻū is Karina and Armando Rodrigues' Casablanca Farms, LLC with their Typica & Pacamara Fruit-Dried entry, with a score of 86.35, the ninth highest score in the state.
Lorie Obra and Rusty's Hawaiian took second in Kaʻū with a
Bourbon Fruit-Dried entry. Photo from Kaʻū Coffee Festival
Kaʻū Coffee represented over 30 percent of the 70 top scoring coffees from throughout the Islands. Statewide, Miranda Farms scored 14th with 85.95. Casablanca took 16th with 85.50. Zanadu took 19th with 85.19. Miranda took 20th with 85.19. Miles Mayne with his Silver Cloud Coffee took 22nd with 84.60. Delvin and Shawnette Navarro with their Navarro Farms took 22nd with 84.60. JN Farms took 31st with 83.75. Casablanca and Navarro tied for 33rd with 83.65. Rusty's Hawaiian took 34th with 83.60. Widow Martinez with his Widow Coffee and Miranda tied for 35th with 83.55. Silver Could took 41st with 83.15. Willie Tabios with his Rising Sun took 42nd with 83.10. Widow took 44th with 83.05. Gloria Camba and Bong Aquino's R&G Farm Kaʻū Royal Coffee took 48th with 82.70. JN Farms took 51st with 82.50. Joseph Castenada's Kaʻū Rapas took 54th with 82.05. R&G took 56th with 81.85. Kaʻū Coffee Mill took 56th with 81.85. and 58th with 81.70. Silver Cloud took 66th with 81.06. Navarro Farms took 68th with 80.90. The Hawai'i Coffee Association annual conference continues Saturday. See the events and all the cupping scores: https://hawaiicoffeeassoc.org/page-1771671.
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For the second year in a row, Armanda and Karina Rodrigues placed in the top three in the annual Kaʻū regional competition
during the Hawai'i Coffee Association Cupping Contest. Photo from the Rodrigues
|Co-Valedictorian Morgan Pierpont, of Ocean View, leaves for|
the U.S. Army in ten days where she will be an IT specialist.
Photo by Julia Neal
The class sang its song Today My Life Begins by Bruno Mars. The class showed its colors of Navy blue and gold, and its class flower, the bird of paradise.
Graduates are: Alazaeh Abellera, Aleia Adam, Cody Ah Yee, Elaina Akiu, Floree Lei Alejo, Raiden Auwae, Collin Ray Barbadillo, Alize Beck-Chong, Johah Beck, Ethan Gabriel Biason, Kevin Bivings, Cherrisse Althea Calumpit, Alohilani Camelo, Desirell Candaroma, Michal Cuison, Shayne Davis, Jasmine del Rosario, Caddy Devera, Shemaya Doi, Cyrus Eder, Brandon Enoch, Michal Espejo, Keahionalani Forcum, Kelson Gallano, Jaisen-Zion Garcia, Jezekial Jara, Trinity Kaawa, Calaysa Koi, Akela Kuahiwinui, Zachary Kuluwaimaka, Johnny Langley, Arniel Libunao, Jr., Kennedy Manthei, Charlane Marquez, Chelstin-Noah Medeiros, Pu'umakaniokamakahea'ananui Millers-Kalhuna, Timothy Moskalenko, Jocyiah Mukini, Shannon Pacheco-Kamali'i, Morgan Pierpont, Ruth Abigail Ramirez-Martinez, David Zachary Ramos, Christopher Ratz Grissom, Jr., Kealiikoa Reyes-Nalu, Trina J. Samuel, Desiree Mae Sembran, Helbina Silk, Grace Smith, Erica Tabilin, Keenan Troiano, Kamalani Tuifagu, Amelia Uribe-Bounos, Mark Angelo Velasco, Heidi Vidal, Lewai Waiwaiole and Caitlynn Wooten.
Co-Valedictorians are Mark Angelo Velasco and Morgan Pierpont. Class President is Cyrus Eder, Vice President is Erica Tabilin, Secretary is Amelia Uribe-Bounos.
Salute to Graduates Award Recipients are: Mark Angelo Velasco for Scholastics, Jasmine del Rosario for Leadership, Morgan Pierpont for Literary & Artistic Performance, David Zachary Ramos for Information Technology and Kelson Gallano for Athletics. A number of the graduates recently received college credits at a graduation ceremony for Hawai'i Community College.
She noted the school's partnership with Hawai'i Community College to offer dual credit through the Early College program where students earn college credits while still in high school. "We have graduates earning between 18 and 30 college credits. I would like to give a huge shout out to six of our seniors who were the first Kaʻū High students to participate in the Hawai'i Community College Commencement last week and received college certificates in Agriculture." Beck also pointed to Advance Placement courses that provide a rigorous curriculum for students which allows students to earn college credits. She applauded ten of the graduates who are members of the National Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, service, and character.
|Grandpa Dane Sesson, center back, celebrates graduation of his granddaughter Alazaeh Abellera and graduate Jezekiel Jara. Photo by Julia Neal |
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