mon27feb(feb 27)9:43 amfri10mar(mar 10)5:00 pmMY HAWAI'I STORY - Calling all Middle School Students - Deadline to APPLY March 10, 2017(February 27) 9:43 am - (March 10) 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


February 27, 2017 9:43 am - March 10, 2017 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

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HE WA‘A, HE MOKU MALAMA HONUACaring for Our Island Earth


The 2017 My Hawai‘i creative writing contest is open to all middle school students (6-8th grade) in the state. Students are invited to submit their best story or poem that addresses the theme, ”He Wa’a, He Moku – Malama Honua: Caring for Our Island Earth” to align with the 2017 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference theme.

“He wa‘a he moku, he moku he wa‘a,” translates simply as “the canoe is an island, and the island is a canoe.” This theme highlights the need to treat the resources of our island home, and island earth, as carefully as we would the limited water and food carried on a wa‘a.

Entries should tell a story, not simply share information. Acrostic poems will not be accepted.

* All middle school students in Hawai‘i are eligible. * Only one entry per student will be accepted. * All entries must be submitted online.

SUBMIT Submit entries online at: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ENTRY

Entries are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

FORMAT Submit contact information in the entry form online, but do not reveal the student’s name or school anywhere in the submission to maintain anonymity in the evaluation process. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges with no access to student identification information or grade level.

By submitting an entry, the student and school authorize the My Hawai‘i Story Project to use the stories or poems for educational purposes including, but not limited to, print and web materials.

EVALUATION CRITERIA All entries will be judged using the following criteria: * Theme relevance – how well did you connect to  the theme and to Hawaii’s unique environment? * Clarity of message – how well did you express your   ideas? * Creativity and originality – your work must be your    own! Entries will be assessed by how well you express your ideas using appropriate grammar and writing style.

WINNERS Winning entries will be announced on May 12, 2017. The winning entries will be published in the My Hawai‘i Story Project anthology. Winners will receive a copy of the booklet, an award certificate, and other special prizes. We hope all contest winners will be able to attend the awards ceremony at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference in July 2017. In addition, all state libraries will receive a copy of the anthology for their collections.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Contest details and this flyer are available online at: Share the flyer with teachers and post it for students and parents! Questions? Contact:

PROJECT PARTNERS Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Coastal Zone Management Program, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources – Division of Forestry and Wildlife – Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawai‘i Department of Education, Hawai‘i Environmental Education Alliance, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Pacific Writers’ Connection, and  Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument