Over $10,000 in Cash and Prizes at Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest

Hawai‘i’s favorite pupu gets its due at the first Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest Sunday, Mar. 18 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa. The inaugural culinary competition offers over $10,000 in cash and prizes and is open to both amateur and professional chefs.Poke (po-KEH) is the Hawaiian word for “slice.” The local-style pupu (appetizer) consists of marinated, fresh local fish that’s raw, seared or cooked.

Spearheaded by celebrity chef Sam Choy, the contest celebrates locally sourced seafood with competition in four divisions. Culinary fun encourages the creative use of seaweed, seeds, herbs, spices, nuts, marinades, tofu, fruit, vegetables and seasoning.

Entry deadline is February 28 and contest details are conveniently posted online on Facebook at Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest.

Contest related activities start 10 a.m. and include a Hawai‘i Island Marketplace with fresh fish sales, guest cooking demo and a presentation on sustainable aquaculture by Guy Toyama of Friends of NELHA. Poke contest judging starts 10 a.m. with an awards ceremony and tasting open to the public at 11:30 a.m. Admission to all activities is $3 at the door (keiki 12-and-under are free) and proceeds benefit the future culinary instruction facilities at Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui.

A TV host, cookbook author and founder of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, Choy put poke on the culinary map with his many tantalizing preparations. The award-winning restaurateur remembers the first poke contest in the early 1990s. “It was held under a tent up in Kamuela and there were only a handful of entrants,” he recalls. “Today there are two dozen contests across the country.”

Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is part of Keauhou Resort’s annual Kamehameha III celebration March 16-18 that commemorates the Keauhou-born king, Lani Kauikeaouli.

Other weekend festivities include:

  • Free Daughters of Hawai‘i Tribute 10 a.m. March 16 at Keauhou Bay
  • Free Puana Ke Iki Lecture “1893 Executive Agreements & Impacts Today” by Dr. David Keanu Sai 5:30 p.m. March 16 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa
  • Keauhou Canoe Club’s Ku’uipo Race HIPA Series Race March 17 at Keauhou Bay
  • Free 12th annual Kamehameha III “Lani Kauikeaouli”.Concert 5-10 p.m. March 17 on the lawn at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa.

Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is sponsored by the Keauhou Resort, Kamehameha Schools, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort Spa, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai and Aloha Shoyu.

Onizuka Day Explosions

Center for Study of Active Volcanoes Hawaii Presents Onizuka Day 2012 Explosions

Liquid nitrogen is used in explosive demonstrations by the University of Hawaii at Hilo Geology Department, to illustrate the nature of erupting volcanoes.


No rugged plastic garbage cans were harmed in this experiment. Watch for the trajectory of a high-flying plastic bottle at 0:06 as it heads towards a roof. Slow motion sequence begins at 0:22.

The 26th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster and Hawaii’s Lt. Col. Onizuka

A nation remembers and mourns the 26th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger and its crew today. On January 28, 1986 at 11:38 am, the Challenger broke apart and its crew was lost to the heavens when an O-ring on its right SRB rocket booster broke, leading to a fuel tank rupture and a catastrophic explosion.

Lieutenant Colonel Ellison Onizuka, a 39-year old Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut who was born in Kealakekua, Hawaii was among the brave crew of Challenger mission STS-51-L, and will always be remembered by locals as Hawaii’s Astronaut. Spirit still among the stars but body laid to rest in Hawaii’s Punchbowl National Cemetery, Onizuka’s grave stone still attracts homage from visitors and provokes tears and sharp salutes alike.

Onizuka is credited with having said, “Every generation has the obligation to free men’s minds for a look at new worlds … to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation.” At the time when the Shuttle Challenger exploded, I was six years old and watching the event live on television. It was a memory that even at that young age I understood the full implications of – my own father being an Air Force officer – and one of many moments of my life that has humbled me to respect those who bravely serve our country and inspired me to always look heavenward…

Full Article Here: The 26th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster and Hawaii’s Lt. Col. Onizuka


January 28th, 1986 at 11:39 am EDT – The Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes on its 10th flight during mission STS-51-L. The explosion occurred 73 seconds after liftoff and was actually the result of rapid deceleration and not combustion of fuel.

CNN was the only national news station to broadcast the mission live, so thus what you are witnessing on this video is the only coverage of the disaster as it happened when it did. Approximately 17% of Americans witnessed the launch live, while 85% of Americans heard of the news within 1 hour of the event. According to a study, only 2 other times in history up to that point had news of an event disseminated so fast – the first being the announcement of JFK’s assassination in 1963, the second being news spread among students at Kent State regarding the news of FDR’s death in 1945. It has been estimated at the time that nearly 48% of 9-13 year olds witnessed the event in their classrooms, as McAuliffe was in the spotlight.

The 25th Space Shuttle mission altered the history of manned space exploration and represented the first loss of an American crew during a space mission (Apollo 1 was during a training exercise).

Christa McAuliffe was slated to be the first teacher in space for the Teacher in Space Program. As her maximum altitude was ~65,000ft (12.31 miles), she never made it to space. That title was given to Barbara Morgan of STS-118 aboard the shuttle Endeavour in August 2007, 22 and a half years after the Challenger Disaster. Morgan served as McAuliffe’s backup during STS-51-L. As Morgan is now part of the Educator in Space Program, she will be credited as the first “educator” in space, to distinguish her from McAuliffe.

Aboard Challenger during STS-51-L:

Francis “Dick” Scobee (Commander)

Michael Smith (Pilot)

Judith Resnik (Mission Specialist)

Ellison Onizuka (Mission Specialist)

Ronald McNair (Mission Specialist)

Gregory Jarvis (Payload Specialist)

Sharon Christa McAuliffe (Payload Specialist – Teacher in Space)