Chili Cookoff winners announced

Chili is ready for tasting at the Rodeo Parade in Makawao July 6.

The Makawao Merchants Association hosted its third annual Chili Cookoff at the Makawao Rodeo Parade on July 6. Eight contestants competed for the honor of the Best Chili in Makawao Town. More than 70 participants lent their taste buds and scored each chili. Here are the winners:

• Best Chili in Makawao Town: David Diller for Maui Hands with his pork, beef, honey and lilikoi chili.

• Second place went to Jaime Tourin from Maui Tempeh Co., who wowed the crowd with his kiawe-smoked adzuki bean tempeh all-vegan chili.

• Third place went to Mikiala Holley from Haiku, who featured her mother Gale’s classic local chili with Portuguese sausage.