Seventh annual Keiki of da Aina event brings home the bacon

  • Daniel Dela Cruz arrives for the weigh-in at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center.

  • Corey Carvalho, left, Laanui Duart, Regan Yang and Mark Loando pose with their pig at the pig hunt Saturday.

  • A pig is measured at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center.

  • A pig's tusks are measured at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A pig is measured at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annuall Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kaea Imai hauls a pig carcass to the bin at the Keiki of Da Aina Pig Hunt.

  • Kalima Grace skins a pig at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Pigs are hung for the weigh-in at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Founder and event organizer Nakoa Pabre records a pig’s weight.

  • Manutea Grace, left, Tia Kaiawe and Hayden Cooper practice roping a chair at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Daniel Dela Cruz skins his pig at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Pigs arrive for the weigh-in at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Pigs are unloaded for weigh-in at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Vaitiare Alani watches as her team's pigs are hung for the weigh-in at the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Vaihere Alani stands with her pigs at the Keiki of Da Aina seventh annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center.

  • Hunting dogs watch as pigs are hung at the weigh in for the Keiki of Da Aina 7th Annual Pig Hunt Saturday at the Puuanahulu Recreation Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

PUUANAHULU — With a brush fire looming only a few miles away, teams rolled into the Puuanahulu Recreation Center Saturday to weigh and measure their catch for the seventh annual Keiki of Da Aina annual Pig Hunting Tournament.

Keiki hunted with four-person teams at their favorite spots throughout West Hawaii, perpetuating Hawaiian culture.

Spirits were high as 67 teams descended upon the Recreation Center for the weigh-in. Prizes were given for heaviest pigs and longest tusk.

The biggest pig weighed was a 178 pound sow taken by team Run em Down Hard.

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  1. Tom February 12, 2018 7:09 am Reply

    I don’t know. I’m not a vegetarian, but something rubs me the wrong way celebrating the suffering these mammals went through hunted by dogs and killed. Do we really need to make a sport over it? Pigs are one of the smartest mammals, and to see them paraded around just seems wrong. Makes our species look barbaric. Yes, we’re carnivores, but let’s try to minimize our barbaric, animalistic tendencies rather than show it off.


  2. Evan Lanigan February 12, 2018 7:33 am Reply

    Hunting, fishing, soccer what’s the difference?


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