|Limu Kala became the official State Limu with the Governor signing of a bill passed by the 2023 Hawai'i Legislature. |
Photo from Ka Wai Ola
|Kaʻū Roping & Riding hosts a two day rodeo this Saturday and Sunday at Nā'ālehu Rodeo Grounds.|
Photo from Kaʻū Roping & Riding
|Rodeo Queen ShaniaLee Silva graduated|
and heads to the Air Force.
opening ceremonies both days.
Kaʻū Roping & Riding Association's mission is"to preserve and perpetuate the paniolo culture for this generation and future generations; to instill in our youth the Hawaiian Culture; to teach them horsemanship and responsibility so they can become caring and productive citizens.”
Its saying, by George Jung, is, "Life’s a rodeo and all you have to do is stay in the saddle."
ShaniaLeeSilva graduated from Kaʻū High & Pāhala Elementary this year at 17 years of age and plans to join the Air Force when she turns 18. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, serving as Senior Class Secretary and Senior Class Athlete. She completed CTE and was a member of the Health Occupation Student Association.
Silva, of Hawaiian and Portuguese heritage, is the youngest daughter and second of eight children in the family of Mike and Wendy Silva in Pāhala. She grew up riding horses, competing in rodeo and taking care of the family cattle, goats and hunting dogs. She became a member of Future Farmers of America. Throughout school, she excelled in sports, including basketball and softball.
Shealia Freitas lives on a coffee and food farm above Pāhala and is eight years of age. Of Hawaiian, Japanese and European heritage, including Portuguese, she is the daughter of Rodney and Marlene Freitas. Shaelia will be in third grade at Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences this coming school year.
She is the youngest of five children, with three older sisters Jessica, Michaela and Sheri and one brother Ikaika.