HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A student from Konawaena Middle School is Hawaii's newest king bee of spelling.
Sixth-grader Taggart Nakamoto beat out 13 other finalists to win this year's state spelling bee.
His winning word was "billabong", which is a branch of a river forming a backwater or stagnant pool.
The 12-year old is the third in his family to be a finalist in the bee.
He advances to the national competition in Washington, D.C. which will be held in late May.