2021 Inspired in Hawaii Essay, Poster, Digital Poster and Video Contest Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 CONTEST WINNERS!

A special MAHALO to the following organizations for their kokua: Hawaii Tribune Herald, Kahala Mall, PBS Hawaii, Star Advertiser/Midweek, The Garden Island, Watermark Publishing, and West Hawaii Today

Essay Division

6th Grade – 1st Place
Kirra Runyon

Teacher: Anita Dunn
Kihei Charter School
Acts of Kindness
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6th Grade – 2nd Place
Braxton Cuomo
Teacher: Anita Dunn
Kihei Charter School
Acts of Kindness
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6th Grade – 3rd Place
Benjamin Halip

Teacher: Anita Dunn
Kihei Charter School
Acts of Kindness
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7th Grade – 1st Place
Ruairidh Homson
Teacher: Gayle Pai

Damien Memorial School
Service at the Salvation Army Site
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7th Grade – 2nd Place
Makoa Namoca

Teacher: Gayle Pai

Damien Memorial School
My Act of Kindness
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7th Grade – 3rd Place
Thaddeus Tagupa
Teacher: Gayle Pai

Damien Memorial School
Spreading Aloha
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8th Grade – 1st Place
Sadie Robinol
Teacher: Gayle Pai

Damien Memorial School
How I Have Been Shown Kindness By Others
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8th Grade – 2nd Place
Nathan Esona
Teacher: Gayle Pai

Damien Memorial School
Kind Things That We Can Do In The Community
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8th Grade – 3rd Place
Amber Rolefson
Teacher: Darcy Coronil

Kapolei Middle School
Changing Lives
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9th Grade – 1st Place
Raphael Stark
Teacher: Georgine Stark

Stark Home School
Stutter with Courage
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9th Grade – 2nd Place
Madison Fermin
Teacher: Kapualoke Renaud

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Association
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9th Grade – 3rd Place
Keena Nakamura
Teacher: Emelda Keola

Waipahu High School
Checking on Others
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10th Grade – 1st Place
Andrew Cashman
Teacher: John Cambareri

Saint Louis School
The True Aspect of a Man
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10th Grade – 2nd Place
Christopher Sereno Jr.
Teacher: Mikayla Kloeppel

Kalaheo High School
Spreading Kindness Through Aloha
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10th Grade – 3rd Place
Leah Kailioli
Teacher: Kapualoke Renaud

Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
The Most Valuable Gift of Kindness
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11th Grade – 1st Place
Courtney Kim
Teacher: Whitney Aragaki

Waiakea High School
An Unforgettable Act of Kindness
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11th Grade – 2nd Place
Claire Kiidahl
Teacher: Whitney Aragaki

Waiakea High School
Act of Kindness
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11th Grade – 3rd Place
Cameryn Lauro
Teacher: Mikayla Kloeppel

Kalaheo High School
Caring for Hawaii’s Elderly
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12th Grade – 1st Place
Matthew K. Okuda
Teacher: Whitney Aragaki

Waiakea High School
Service and Kindness on the Frontlines
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12th Grade – 2nd Place
Breeann Spain
Teacher: Whitney Aragaki

Waiakea High School
I Believe In You
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12th Grade – 3rd Place
Yukon Yomono
Teacher: Whitney Aragaki

Waiakea High School
What Goes Around Comes Around
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Poster Division

Kindergarten – 1st Place
Zoe Wareham
Teacher: Bridget Randall

Myron B. Thompson Academy
Helping Hand
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Kindergarten – 2nd Place
Keani Kinney
Teacher: Deborah Pang

Benjamin Parker Elementary School
Keep Our Beaches Clean
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Kindergarten – 3rd Place
Mya Reign Jataas
Teacher: Deborah Pang

Benjamin Parker Elementary School
Plant More Flowers
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1st Grade – 1st Place
Justin J. Moreno
Teacher: Fianna Moe

Kekaha Elementary School
Save Electricity
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1st Grade – 2nd Place
Koleen Alog
Teacher: Mario E. Doropan

Lanakila Elementary School
Be Kind and Plant a Flower!
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1st Grade – 3rd Place
Bella Ho
Teacher: Lori Mishima-Young

Sacred Hearts Academy
Help Our Planet By Growing Plants
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2nd Grade – 1st Place
Evelyn Morimoto
Teacher: Jolene Yoshioka

Sacred Hearts Academy
Be Kind To Each Other
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2nd Grade – 2nd Place
Kaimana Espiritu
Teacher: Jolene Yoshioka

Sacred Hearts Academy
Help Sea Creatures
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2nd Grade – 3rd Place
Bella Baltunado
Teacher: Jolene Yoshioka

Sacred Hearts Academy
Helping Animals
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3rd Grade – 1st Place
Selah Tom
Teacher: Jennifer Yamaguchi

Pearl City Highlands Elementary School
Care for Earth
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3rd Grade – 2nd Place
Kara Takaki
Teacher: Wendy Tomita

Aliiolani Elementary School
Things You Do To Show Kindness To Other People
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3rd Grade – 3rd Place
Kyla Nomura
Teacher: Wendy Tomita

Aliiolani Elementary School
Be Kind
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4th Grade – 1st Place
Bianca Magnesi
Teacher: Malia Urie

Sacred Hearts Academy
Stand Up For Others
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4th Grade – 2nd Place
Chloe Yu
Teacher: Siang Chyn Lim

Noelani Elementary School
Write A Card To Elders In A Nursing Home To Bring Smiles
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4th Grade – 3rd Place
Eleanor Christian
Teacher: Marlys Lee

Myron B. Thompson Academy
Care For Others
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5th Grade – 1st Place
Grifynn Espiritu
Teacher: Laurie Dela Cruz

Hokulani Elementary School
Kindness Poster
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5th Grade – 2nd Place
Kira Lee Unnerstall
Teacher: Janice Furuta

Punahou School
Visit A Kupuna, Show Them You Care
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5th Grade – 3rd Place
Anna Kang
Teacher: Chelsea Tomita-Goshi

Liholiho Elementary School
Kindness Is The Key To Happiness
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6th Grade – 1st Place
Julie Kang
Teacher: Vincent Tachiyama

Punahou School
Being Kind Is Never Wasted
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6th Grade – 2nd Place
Jazmine Pedersen
Teacher: Emily Thomas

Island School
Show Lokomaika’i To Others
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6th Grade – 3rd Place
Emie Felix
Teacher: Serena Moriya

Honowai Elementary School
The Ocean Is Not A Dumpster
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7th Grade – 1st Place
Kaori Kawasaki
Teacher: Orthreb Arios

Highlands Intermediate School
Lend A Hand
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7th Grade – 2nd Place
Koltan Lorian
Teacher: Orthreb Arios

Highlands Intermediate School
Small Gift Big Smile
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7th Grade – 3rd Place
Selina Lam
Teacher: Kaycie Baltunado

Sacred Hearts Academy
Always Help The Ones You Love With Your Heart
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8th Grade – 1st Place
Layla Beagle
Teacher: Daryle Mishina

Kapolei Middle School
Generosity Knows No Bounds
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8th Grade – 2nd Place
Mikayla Dy
Teacher: Daryle Mishina

Kapolei Middle School
Donate To Our Animal Shelters
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8th Grade – 3rd Place
Kamara Cooper
Teacher: Daryle Mishina

Kapolei Middle School
Be Kind
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9th Grade – 1st Place
Adore Rupp-Smith
Teacher: Mikayla Kloeppel

Kalaheo High School
Throw Akahai Around Like Sand
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9th Grade – 2nd Place
Aileen Kang
Teacher: Ashley Saculla

Punahou School
You Will Never Regret Being Kind!
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9th Grade – 3rd Place
Jullia Young
Teacher: Ruth Ravina-Koethe

Mililani High School
Share Your Aloha At Soup Kitchens
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10th Grade – 1st Place
Allison Agpaoa
Teacher: Robert Green

Kauai High School
Accepting Everybody!
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10th Grade – 2nd Place
Jamie Kitaoka
Teacher: Ruth Ravina-Koethe

Mililani High School
Kindness Grows Both With You And Within You
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10th Grade – 3rd Place
Elena Seay
Teacher: Mikayla Kloeppel

Kalaheo High School
Opening the Door To Kindness
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11th Grade – 1st Place
Carly Miyamoto
Teacher: Brigitte Scholz

Pearl City High School
Within Us All
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11th Grade – 2nd Place
Angelina M. Pinnock
Teacher: Robert Green

Kauai High School
Photos
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11th Grade – 3rd Place
Jeremiah Garcia
Teacher: Robert Green

Kauai High School
Caring For Kupuna
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12th Grade – 1st Place
Kaianna Kaneshiro
Teacher: Ruth Ravina-Koethe

Mililani High School
Healing Hunger With Aloha For Our Kupuna
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12th Grade – 2nd Place
Madeleine Thompson
Teacher: David Randall

Sacred Hearts Academy
The Kindness Krew
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12th Grade – 3rd Place
Poli’ahu Wells
Teacher: Debra Barenaba

Kahuku High and Intermediate School
Connect With Our Kupuna
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Digital Media Poster Division

6th Grade – 1st Place
Cassiday Kopf
Teacher: Malia Urie

Sacred Hearts Academy
Build A Community Garden
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6th Grade – 2nd Place
Crystal George
Teacher: Malia Urie

Sacred Hearts Academy
Pay It Forward
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6th Grade – 3rd Place
Marjorie Acoba
Teacher: Reymalyne Hogan

August Ahrens Elementary School
Help Others
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7th Grade – 1st Place
Nathaniel Alcon
Teacher: Ethan Toyota

Honouliuli Middle School
Cleaning with Cleanup Crews
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7th Grade – 2nd Place
Julius Morales-Vega
Teacher: Ethan Toyota

Honouliuli Middle School
Be a Part of the Solution, Not the Pollution
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7th Grade – 3rd Place
Keoki Keliikoa
Teacher: Ethan Toyota

Honouliuli Middle School
Help the Homeless
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8th Grade – 1st Place
Rizza-Mae Natinga
Teacher: Quyen Anderson

Aiea Intermediate School
Speak For Those Who CAN’T
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8th Grade – 2nd Place
Jericho Rey Agustin
Teacher: Daena Tokunaga

Waipahu Intermediate School
Keep Your Trash Where It Belongs
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8th Grade – 3rd Place
Kay Concepcion
Teacher: Christopher Facuri

Aliamanu Middle School
Da Golden Rule
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9th Grade – 1st Place
Hannah Morgado
Teacher: Mikayla Kloeppel

Kalaheo High School
Unity
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9th Grade – 2nd Place
Kamalei Manibog
Teacher: Robert Green

Kauai High School
Donate For The Benefit of Others
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9th Grade – 3rd Place
Khiera Belarmino Rapacon
Teacher: Robert Green

Kauai High School
Pride Support/LGBT Support
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10th Grade – 1st Place
Kiana Okamoto
Teacher: Darren Rey

Aiea High School
One Kind Word, One Big Difference
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10th Grade – 2nd Place
Mariah A. Dinong
Teacher: Ikaika Sugui

Waianae High School
Share Your Sunshine
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10th Grade – 3rd Place
Nathan Yang
Teacher: LeRoy Na’a Makekau

Moanalua High School
Show Aloha, Drive Slow
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11th Grade – 1st Place
Grace Aguilera
Teacher: Robert Green

Kauai High School
Supporting Our Kupuna
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11th Grade – 2nd Place
Lucas Cruz
Teacher: Mikayla Kloeppel

Kalaheo High School
Pave The Road To A Kinder Future
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11th Grade – 3rd Place
Isabelle Tamashiro
Teacher: David Randall

Sacred Hearts Academy
True Home, True Family
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12th Grade – 1st Place
Ciana Ruiz
Teacher: Robert Green

Kauai High School
Help Our Kupuna
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12th Grade – 2nd Place
Izabel Bornios
Teacher: Aisha Richards

McKinley High School
A Student’s Guide To Acts of Kindness
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12th Grade – 3rd Place
Daniella-Ysabel Bali
Teacher: David Randall

Sacred Hearts Academy
Donating Clothes To The Needy
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Middle School Video Division

1st Place
Ally Nguyen
Teacher: Taryn Takara

Niu Valley Middle School
Acts of Kindness
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2nd Place
Daniel Tanaka
Teacher: Darren Tanaka

Kailua Elementary School
It’s Easy To Be Kind
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3rd Place
Kenneth Lien
Teacher: Taryn Takara

Niu Valley Middle School
Helping the Elderly
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High School Video Division

1st Place
Daichi Dinh
Jether Rimando
Teacher: Mara Kaizawa Hiramoto

President William McKinley High School
The Bump
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2nd Place
Rania Nuuanu
Criston Rabellizsa
Kaylin Aleka
Teacher: John Allen

Waianae High School
Your Choice
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3rd Place
Collin Yasaki
Cody Ancheta
Nathaniel Aguilar
Teacher: Darren Rey

Aiea High School
Study Kindness
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