2023 Inspired in Hawaii Essay, Poster, Digital Poster and Video Contest Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2023 CONTEST WINNERS!

A special MAHALO to the following for their kokua: Watermark Publishing, Anthology FINN Partners, Put It On My Plate, ESPN 1420 Radio, The Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Kahala Mall, PBS Hawaii, Honolulu Star-Advertiser/Midweek, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Tribune Herald, tgi The Garden Island and Steve Uyehara from Hawaii News Now, Sunrise

Essay Division

6th Grade – 1st Place
Rhayden Cruz Pintor
Teacher:  Darcy Coronil
Kapolei Middle School
Kindness: A Very Needed Thing

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6th Grade – 2nd Place
Emmanuelle Jatico
Teacher: Darcy Coronil
Kapolei Middle School
Small Acts Make A Great Impact

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6th Grade – 3rd Place
Alexis Robles
Teacher: Darcy Coronil
Kapolei Middle School
Helping My Best Friend

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7th Grade – 1st Place
Gracie Davis
Teacher: Jeanne Holm
Kaimuki Christian School
The New Kid

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7th Grade – 2nd Place
Nia Tamashiro
Teacher: Gayle Pai
Damien Memorial School
Helping Hands

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7th Grade – 3rd Place
Katherine Seguin
Teacher: Gayle Pai
Damien Memorial School
The Impact of Community

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8th Grade – 1st Place
Cade Huddleston
Teacher: Darcy Coronil
Kapolei Middle School
Kindness: A Domino Effect

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8th Grade – 2nd Place
Malia Paulino
Teacher: Daena Tokunaga
Waipahu Intermediate School
Caring For Grandma

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8th Grade – 3rd Place
Makena Mayo
Teacher:  Gayle Pai 
Damien Memorial School
A Friend In Need

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9th Grade – 1st Place
Talon Fong
Teacher: Kapualoke Renaud
Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama
Just Serve

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9th Grade – 2nd Place
Olena Marsh
Teacher: Kapualoke Renaud
Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama
Pinky Promises

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9th Grade – 3rd Place
Elsie Jubilee Kamanu
Teacher:  Kapualoke Renaud
Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama
God Bless
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10th Grade – 1st Place
Chloe Liu
Teacher: Janelle Wells
Punahou School 
The Evolution of Kindness

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10th Grade – 2nd Place
Palma Gorman
Teacher: Melissa Espinoza
Kihei Charter School
Post-It Notes

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10th Grade – 3rd Place

 

11th Grade – 1st Place
Marcus Cho
Teacher: Trevor Teraoka
Kaiser High School
Acts of Kindness

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11th Grade – 2nd Place
Jenai Barco
Teacher: Jami Higashi Lee
Pearl City High School
Kindness Begets Kindness

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11th Grade – 3rd Place
Dylan Maeda
Teacher: Van Tran-Trimner
Kalani High School
Acts of Kindness: Inclusion of Others

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12th Grade – 1st Place
Marli Mason
Teacher:  Whitney Aragaki 
Waiakea High School
Untitled

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12th Grade – 2nd Place
Jacob Simonson
Teacher: Chayanee Brooks
Ka’u High and Pahala Elementary School
Kindness and Your Community

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12th Grade – 3rd Place
Lina Miyazaki
Teacher: Whitney Aragaki
Waiakea High School
Untitled

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Poster Division

Kindergarten – 1st Place
Jia Souza
Teacher: Deborah Pang
Benjamin Parker Elementary School
Waiting Patiently

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Kindergarten – 2nd Place
Matthew Nakamura
Teacher: Leila Talaro
Pearl City Highlands Elementary School
Treat Everyone With Aloha

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Kindergarten – 3rd Place
Dylan Rich
Teacher: Karysa Inafuku
Voyager Public Charter School
Sharing is Kind

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1st Grade – 1st Place
Julianna Racimo
Teacher: Robin Anderson
Kapolei Elementary School
If Can Can, If No Can, Still Can!

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1st Grade – 2nd Place
Sun Butts
Teacher: Gabrielle Strandberg
Kailua Elementary School
Aloha To The Reef So It Will Be Clean

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1st Grade – 3rd Place
Hadrian Brooks
Teacher: Vilma Badilla
Pahala Elementary School
Be Kind To People And The Aina

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2nd Grade – 1st Place
Keani Kinney
Teacher: Deborah Pang
Benjamin Parker Elementary School
Plant More Trees

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2nd Grade – 2nd Place
Jade Souza
Teacher: Deborah Pang
Benjamin Parker Elementary School
Clean Up Our Ocean

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2nd Grade – 3rd Place
Zaydee Feliciano
Teacher:  Sherrilyn Sampaia
Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School
Tell Yourself Good Things

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3rd Grade – 1st Place
Beatrix Stewart
Teacher:  Lori Kwee
Ala Wai Elementary School
Spending Quality Time Together

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3rd Grade – 2nd Place
Kaleb Kamakaiwi
Teacher:  Robin Anderson
Kapolei Elementary School
Be Kind, Don’t Bully

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3rd Grade – 3rd Place
Anna Hew
Teacher:  Jennifer Wells
Hongwanji Mission School
Help Kupuna Carry Things

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4th Grade – 1st Place
Evelyn Morimoto
Teacher:  Andrea Loera
Sacred Hearts Academy
Spread Kindness, Care For Each Other
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4th Grade – 2nd Place
Ayzen Taguchi
Teacher:  Brandon Au
Makalapa Elementary School
Choose Love, Help Others, Be Happy

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4th Grade – 3rd Place
Vicky Tran
Teacher: Brandon Au
Makalapa Elementary School
No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted

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5th Grade – 1st Place
Fifita To’a
Teacher:  Tyler Kobayashi
Likelike Elementary School
The Many Acts of Kindness

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5th Grade – 2nd Place
Vivienne Arvman
Teacher:  Robin Anderson
Kapolei Elementary School
Kindness Is The Answer

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5th Grade – 3rd Place
Amara Jean Northup
Teacher:  Robin Anderson
Kapolei Elementary School
Help Someone & Give a Little Kindness
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6th Grade – 1st Place
Laylamae Weaver
Teacher:  Daryle Mishina
Ewa Makai Middle School
A Little Act Of Kindness Goes A Long Way

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6th Grade – 2nd Place
Lillian Kapua
Teacher:  Deborah Pang
Benjamin Parker Elementary School
Sharing is Caring

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6th Grade – 3rd Place
Dominic Green
Teacher:  Stephanie Pierobello
Ahuimanu Elementary School
Kindness Is Healthy

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7th Grade – 1st Place
Lauryn Yanazaki
Teacher:  Ann A. Lorenzo
Christian Liberty Academy
Save The Bird

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7th Grade – 2nd Place
Anna Kang
Teacher:  Catherine Hee
Kaimuki Middle School
Kindness Changes Everything

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7th Grade – 3rd Place
Jonah Ranada
Teacher:  Daena Tokunaga
Waipahu Intermediate School
We Choose Kindness to Benefit the Lives of People and Earth

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8th Grade – 1st Place
Kayley Yu
Teacher:  Andrea-Bernadette Pratt
Stevenson Middle School
Kokua For Lahaina

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8th Grade – 2nd Place
Anneliese Vanadilok
Teacher:  David Randall
Sacred Hearts Academy
Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated
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8th Grade – 3rd Place
Luka Manansala
Teacher:  Gayle Pai
Damien Memorial School
Treat Others With Aloha

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9th Grade – 1st Place
Kimiko Ishii
Teacher:  Ruth Ravina-Koethe
Mililani High School
Bring Kala To Someone’s Honua 

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9th Grade – 2nd Place
Kamelelani Roberts-Duque
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Be Kind To Our Aina

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9th Grade – 3rd Place
Averi Marie Menor-Lagua
Teacher:  Ruth Ravina-Koethe
Mililani High School
Help Our Kupuna Across The Street

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10th Grade – 1st Place
Kimberly Cassens
Teacher:  Dara Zakimi
Roosevelt High School
Maui Strong

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10th Grade – 2nd Place
Samantha Querry
Teacher:  Kurt Williams
Kapolei High School
Acts Of Kindness Always Make A Difference
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10th Grade – 3rd Place
Rayna Teramoto
Teacher:  Dara Zakimi
Roosevelt High School
Paying It Forward, For A Better Community

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11th Grade – 1st Place
Annabella Floyd
Teacher:  John Michael Manglallan
Kapolei High School
Kind Hearts Change Lives

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11th Grade – 2nd Place
ReiLey Udo-Tao
Teacher:  Whitney Aragaki
Waiakea High School
Try To Be A Rainbow In Someone Else’s Cloud

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11th Grade – 3rd Place
Daniel Steven Andres
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Share Aloha With Your Kupuna

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12th Grade – 1st Place
Makanani Aki
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Malama The Aina

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12th Grade – 2nd Place
Oniece Baker
Teacher:  Erica Santos
Mililani High School
Check Up On Your Hoa Aloha

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12th Grade – 3rd Place
Azure Uehara
Teacher:  Erica Santos
Mililani High School
Plant Seeds of Kindness

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Digital Media Poster Division

6th Grade – 1st Place
Avail Miller
Teacher:  Jay Hernandez
Kaimuki Middle School
Help Keep Our Oceans Safe

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6th Grade – 2nd Place
Lia Kaanoi
Teacher:  Jay Hernandez
Kaimuki Middle School
Leaving Trash Behind Is Anything But Being Kind

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6th Grade – 3rd Place
Elis Arasawa
Teacher:  Deanne Takeno
Maunawili Elementary School
Taking Care Of The Aina

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7th Grade – 1st Place
Lily Santiago
Teacher:  David Verdugo
St. Theresa School-Kauai
Kindness Is Sharing Music That Fills The Soul

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7th Grade – 2nd Place
Brooklyn Angeli Guira Daquioag
Teacher:  Paige Dzialo
Sanford P. Dole Middle School
Show Kindness To Our Environment

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7th Grade – 3rd Place
Jaena Josea Rafaela Espejo
Teacher:  Paige Dzialo
Sanford P. Dole Middle School
Positivity

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8th Grade – 1st Place
Marjorie Acoba
Teacher:  Daena Tokunaga
Waipahu Intermediate School
Together, We Can Make The World A Better Place

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8th Grade – 2nd Place
Caedance Gasper
Teacher: Mayan Tamang
Waianae Intermediate School
Malama Aina, Be kind to our home and everyone

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8th Grade – 3rd Place
Lyka Palacio
Teacher:  Daena Tokunaga
Waipahu Intermediate School
The Act Of Kindness

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9th Grade – 1st Place
Gwen Taylor
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Help With Reforestation On Maui

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9th Grade – 2nd Place
Francis Rafael Mamaclay
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Help Our Beaches By Cleaning Up

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9th Grade – 3rd Place
Chasen Fujii
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Donate Anything To Those In Need

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10th Grade – 1st Place
Chelsea-Chanelle Echalar
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Respect and Care for Our Kupuna

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10th Grade – 2nd Place
Lilinoe Walters
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Share With Others

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10th Grade – 3rd Place
Kendis Funai
Teacher:  Sean Nishimura
Moanalua High School
Mālama i nā Kūpuna

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11th Grade – 1st Place
Mio Gonzales
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Show Malama to those you care for

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11th Grade – 2nd Place
Ephraim Paul Salud
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Be The Rainbow In Hawaii

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11th Grade – 3rd Place
Aleiah Gambeng
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Created Donation Station

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12th Grade – 1st Place
Lia Vidinha
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Help Your Kupuna

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12th Grade – 2nd Place
Elias Casillas
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Hold The Door Open For Others

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12th Grade – 3rd Place
Paul Nigel Agcaoili
Teacher:  Robert Green
Kauai High School
Share Your Rainbow

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Middle School Video Division

1st Place
Holden Antoon
Jake Tokita
Zion Aguillard
Teacher: Taryn Felipe
Niu Valley Middle School
Kindness Is Contagious

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2nd Place
Quorra Mintz
Teacher: Chris Facuri
Aliamanu Middle School
Empathy Over Sympathy

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3rd Place
Jordan Harris
Teacher: Taryn Felipe
Niu Valley Middle School
Save Our Aina

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High School Video Division

1st Place
Thomas Chang
Jennifer Li
Gavin Simon
Teacher: Mara Kaizawa Hiramoto
McKinley High School
Gift of Kindness

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2nd Place
Angela Dupa
Kaylin Aleka
Kerwynn “Pua” Kahalekulu
Isabelle Gallardo
Teacher: John Allen III
Waianae High School
Make The Choice, Choose Kindness

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3rd Place
Alana Johnson
Teacher: Van Tran-Trimner
Kalani High School
Spreading Love

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