by Christine Hanakawa, Josh Silva, Kate Eickstead, and Kalani Matsumura
Turning misfortune into a new opportunity is what we do at Oʻahu 4-H. So with Covid restrictions, we decided to create a virtual “Giant Pumpkin Contest” similar to the traditional “Giant Fruit and Vegetable Contest” on the Big Island. We’ve even added a CTAHR Choice Award!
That means voting for the Giant Pumpkin Contest is now open to our CTAHR community! which includes all faculty, staff, students, and community partners. That means you!
Video entries will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram (@giantpumpkinoahu) pages.
Voting is open NOW until September 27 at 8:00 pm Hawaiʻi time.
The total number of “likes” for each entry on the Facebook and Instagram pages will be combined to determine the recipient of the 2021 Giant Pumpkin Contest CTAHR Choice Award! An anouncement of the recipient will be made in late September on our webpage and in CTAHR Notes.
As in years past, we’ll also have a Youth Choice Award. Youth ages 3-19 years old can vote (please have only youths participate) on a poll with one vote each! Youth Choice Award polls are open now until 9/27 8:00 pm Hawaiʻi time.
The contest is led by our Giant Pumpkin Contest Planning Team, which includes Josh Silva, Edible Crops Assistant Extension Agent; Kate Eickstead, Military 4-H Program Coordinator; Kalani Matsumura, Master Gardener Coordinator and Junior Extension Agent; Christine Hanakawa, Oʻahu 4-H Assistant Extension Agent; and Jhanella Gerardo, Hawaiʻi State FFA Officer and Waipahu High FFA Chapter.
Mahalo for everyone’s support. Now get out there and vote!