Kyle Caires, a Maui native and alumnus of King Kekaulike High School, was selected to judge at the 107th National Western Stock Show, which was held in Denver from Jan. 10 to 27.
The show, considered the "Super Bowl" of livestock shows, is the world's largest cattle exposition featuring 15,000 head of cattle with numerous classes representing 20 different breeds and a 100-acre show ground.
Last year, nearly 700,000 visitors from around the world were in attendance to view traditional competition amongst the exhibitors of these elite breeding animals.
Caires' selection as a judge is unique for several reasons: He is the first official to represent the state of Hawaii and is one of the youngest ever selected for this honor, being under the age of 30.
Caires grew up on a family farm and ranch in Haiku and was an active participant in the Maui 4-H Livestock Association.
He has worked as a consultant in the cattle genetics industry and is currently a professor of genetics and reproductive physiology at Berry College in Georgia.
In addition to teaching, Caires remains actively engaged in research, presenting findings at international meetings and publishing in many prestigious journals.