2020 Contest Information

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation “Inspired in Hawaii” 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?

This contest is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who are current residents of the state of Hawaii. See specific division information for details on essay, poster, digital media poster, and video divisions.


What must an entry include?

Read and follow the contest rules carefully. Each entry must identify an existing problem in Hawaii and offer a thoughtful solution to the problem. The Contest Entry Form must be completed and attached to the entry.


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.


When is the contest deadline?

All entries must be received no later than 12 noon on Friday, November 13, 2020. Do not email entries. Please mail or deliver to:

Inspired in Hawaii Contest
The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 770
Honolulu, HI 96813

The Foundation is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries. Entries received after the deadline will not be accepted. Entries which fail to meet the standards specified by the official Contest Rules will be ineligible for consideration.


How will students know if they won?

Award winners will be contacted and invited to an awards program (live or virtual) in February 2021.

To the greatest extent possible, all entries will be separated from identifying materials and judged anonymously. Representatives from PBS Hawaii, Watermark Publishing, and independent experts in their fields of visual arts, written language and communications, will serve as members of the judging panels.