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Waimea student wins islandwide maze design contest

Sofia Peterson, an eighth grader at Kanu O Ka Aina Public Charter School in Waimea, was named the grand-prize winner of the Kohala Mountain Farm Host 2nd Annual Corn Maze Design Contest. Shinmi Morioka, a seventh grader at Konawaena Middle School, was named runner-up.

In August, Kohala Mountain Farm, in partnership with Crop Production Services, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, and Hawaii Forest & Trail, announced a corn-maze design contest open to all Hawaii Island high school students attending schools that participate in the Hawaii Island School Garden Network program. More than 100 maze design entries were submitted, from which Peterson and Morioka were selected. Peterson will receive $1,000 gift certificate for her school’s garden program, as well as a helicopter ride for two to view his design from the air, compliments of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

Morioka will receive a zip line adventure for two, compliments of Hawaii Forest & Trail. Peterson’s winning design—an elaborate rendering depicting a farm scene with a large tractor, barn, corn stalks, pumpkins, an elaborate sun pattern, and a pu’u depicting the large hill adjacent to the farm—is currently being cut into a five acre corn field at Kohala Mountain Farm, which is 20 percent larger than last year. In addition to expanding the corn maze, Kohala Mountain Farm has implemented an extensive cover crop beekeeping program.

The Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze will be open to the public starting Saturday, Oct. 5, and will be opening every weekend for the month of October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional contest and event sponsors include Kahua Ranch, The North Kohala Community Resource Center, Big Island Weekly, and North Hawaii News. For more information, visit