Maui’s longest standing keiki competition, the Healthy Baby Contest, has chosen Kelsey K. Quinabo as the winner (there were 71 other contestants). The contest has been held since 1953 and this year marks the 12th year Meadow Gold has been the headline sponsor. This little tot had to parade on stage while Alaka‘i Paleka read aloud the answers to her contestant questions that had earlier been filled out by her parents.
Kelsey and her proud parents Ramona Fernandez and Kanoa Quinabo will receive two nights at the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas as well as other special prizes from NPAC Maui (the Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition), GEICO and Maui Ocean Center (a family pass). They also receive a $500 U.S.savings bond, a year’s supply of milk, logo items and POG and ice cream certificates from Meadow Gold Dairies.
Here are the rest of the winners:
• First Runner Up: Jadene D. Mateo of Pukalani and her mom, Sarita Tranilla
• Second Runner Up: Kylie Lorraine Haleakala of Wailuku and her mom, Ashley Haleakala
• Third Runner Up: Loea Luapa Asuega-Stark of Kihei and her mom, Noe Asuega-Stark
• Fourth Runner Up: Ariyanna K. Kekiwi of Haiku and her mom,Krystal K. Cabiles.
The runners-up won prize packages from Photography by Irvin, merchandise certificates from Minit Stop and HFM Maui Petroleum, Takamiya Market, Ah Fooks Supermarket, Maui Ocean Center, Round Table Pizza, Meadow Gold Dairies, other logo items and a U.S. savings bond.
During the competition, Meadow Gold hosted ice cream and POG drinking contests for the audience. There were also special guest appearances from “Cartoon Characters!” and Artie Partie balloon magic.
The judges included Jocelyn Victorino, well known for being Philadelphia Phillies star Shane Victorino’s mom, but also a long time community member involved in sharing her love for children; model Doug DeCambra who has extensive pageant experience; Maui Memorial Medical Center Chief of Staff Dr. Coleen Inouye, who has delivered over 6000 Maui born babies; Lehua Huddleston-Hafoka, Executive Director of Kihei Youth Center; Nani Watanabe, a mother and foster care giver; and Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s Lisa Varde.
The contest was free to enter and held as part of the Maui Fair.