Steve Uyehara, emcee at Inspired in Hawaii contest

Contest Information

What you need

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation “Acts of Kindness” Contest encourages Hawaii’s students to “dream big and make Hawaii a better place.” Over $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to students and their teachers who place first, second or third.

Who can enter?

The contest is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who are current residents of the State of Hawaii. Students may only enter one division.

What must an entry include?

An entry must identify an act of kindness and illustrate how it can positively influence and inspire our community. For specific division rules, entry forms, prizes, judging criteria, information on Clarence T. C. Ching, and to view last year’s Inspired in Hawaii winning entries, go to

When is the contest deadline?

Entries must be received no later
than 11 a.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021. Mail or deliver entries to:
Inspired in Hawaii Contest, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, 1001
Bishop Street, Suite 770, Honolulu, HI 96813

How will students know if they won?

Award winners will be contacted and invited to the awards program
(live or virtual) in February 2022.

What division can I enter?

There are four divisions: Essay, Poster, Digital Media Poster, and Video. Students may enter only one division; entering multiple divisions (either individually or as part of a team in more than one division) will disqualify the student(s) from consideration in all divisions.

Essay Division:Grades 6–12, individual
Poster Division:Grades K–12, individual
Digital Media Poster Division:Grades 6–12, individual
Video Division:Middle School: Grades 6–8, individual or team entries
 High School: Grades 9–12, individual or team entries


An entry becomes the property of The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation and will not be returned.