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Co-winner Luke de la Pena’s Green Papaya Salad

The Hawaiʻi State 4-H program, part of the Cooperative Extension Service housed in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), has named the winners of the 2020 4-H GET Local Virtual Cooking Contest. Contestants, ages 12–18, created videos demonstrating a healthy recipe along with a photo of their completed dish featuring a locally-sourced ingredient. Both 4-H members and non-members were eligible.

High school winners:

  • Emma Ching (Oʻahu) for her Citrus Asian Mahi Medley
  • Luke de la Pena (Kauaʻi) for his Green Papaya Salad

Middle school winner:

  • Sophia Kato (Maui) for her Mango Salsa


  • Prince Baltero (Lānaʻi) for his Banana Blossoms Fishballs
  • Liliana Dutcher (Oʻahu) for her Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp
  • Ramsey Hillen (Maui) for his Hawaiian-Style Poke and Steamed Kalo
  • Charlize Kenney (Kauaʻi) for her Kalua Pork Taro Hash Patties

The winners received cash prizes provided by The Ardis Tanaka Foods and Nutrition Project and a culinary knife set. Runners-up received a culinary knife set.

The contest was a collaboration between CTAHR’s 4-H Youth Development and GET Local Healthy Food Systems programs and was supported with resources from the UH Mānoa Extension GET Local program. Participating in the contest helped the aspiring cooks learn food safety, kitchen skills, nutrition facts and presentation skills.

Visit the contest website to view the winning recipes, photos and videos.

Co-winner Emma Ching’s Citrus Asian Mahi Medley
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