‘Teaching them life lessons’: Youth learn butchery skills at Kona Vocational

  • Students react to a chicken being slaughtered Saturday at Kona Vocational. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Spencer Baker and his daughter Corrine gut a lamb Saturday at Kona Vocational’s workshop for youth. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Spencer Baker, right, teaches students how to skin a lamb Saturday at Kona Vocational. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kona Vocational students pluck feathers off a chicken Saturday at a butchering class. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Spencer Baker teaches keiki about the anatomy of a pig Saturday at Kona Vocational. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Spencer Baker teaches keiki about the anatomy of a pig Saturday at Kona Vocational. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Kona Vocational student skins a pig Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Students handle a pig heart Saturday at Kona Vocational. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Spencer Baker gets ready to show keiki how to skin and dress a lamb Saturday at Kona Vocational. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Jason Baker prepares to slaughter a chicken Saturday at Kona Vocational. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Keiki ages 12 to 18 were fully engaged Saturday as they learned how to skin, dress and butcher pigs, lamb and chickens at Kona Vocational.