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Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar
KOHALA MOUNTAIN, Hawaii: An autumn favorite is back this year on Kohala Mountain, and this year there is a new attraction on Kahua Ranch.
Some lucky residents were got a glimpse of Hawaii Island ’s first-ever corn maze on Sunday.
In August, Kohala Mountain Farm, in partnership with MacArthur & Company | Sotheby’s International Realty and The Kohala Center, announced a corn-maze design content open to all Hawaii Island high school students attending schools that participate in the Hawaii Island School Garden Network (HIGSN) program. Twenty-three design entries were received, from which a grand-prize winner and runner up were selected.
Daylan Higa, a junior at Kohala High School , was named the grand-prize winner. Higa will receive $1,000 from MacArthur & Company | Sotheby’s International Realty for his high school’s garden program, as well as a helicopter ride for two to view his design from the air, compliments of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Makali‘i Bertelmann, a freshman at Kanu o ka ‘ Aina Public Charter School in Waimea, was named runner-up.
Here is what Higa’s design looked like… the rendering of the Hawaiian Islands , taro leaves, a poi pounder, the star Hokulea and the word “Kohala” has been cut into the growing corn field, and this weekend the first attempts and getting through the maze were underway.
Its a lot easier now than it will be closer to Halloween, when the corn is expected to be over 8 feet tall.
When Big Island Video News stopped by the farm last year, Stacy Hasegawa seemed as if she had had enough of the pumpkin growing effort…
But this year, Stacy is back… and there will be more pumpkins than ever!
Additional event sponsors include Kahua Ranch, The North Kohala Community Resource Center, the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development, and John Deere Irrigation.