Hawai`i Island Festival
Three favorite annual events were held at Waikoloa Beach Resort on September 8-9: the 25th Anniversary Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest, which brought back many past winners to compete in this year’s special contest; the Poke Contest, which drew 20 chefs to compete in making the best and most popular poke; and the Ms. Aloha Nui contest, honoring women of great stature who personify the spirit of aloha. All three events were co-sponsored by Waikoloa Beach Resort, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, and Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Poke Contest Winner
The Poke Contest amateur award went to Keali‘i Garmon for his Ahi Poke creation. The recipe included sesame oil, olive oil, avocado, inamona (a traditional poke seasoning), green onion, and a wasabi aioli.
2017 Ms. Aloha Nui
Jessica Kunishige of Hilo was crowned the 2017 Ms. Aloha Nui. She clinched the the talent portion and tallied the highest combined score of the evening.
Ms. Aloha Nui contestants Betty Jose, Jacqueline Carvalho, Rosie Colon, Donalyn Kaneo, and Jessica Kunishige