2017 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.” This year’s contest has $20,000 in cash awards for both 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?

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


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.


What makes a winning entry?

  • Pick a topic you are passionate about and clearly present a thoughtful, creative solution.
  • Make sure you have edited your essay for spelling and grammar.
  • Review the judging criteria in each division to get the highest scores possible.
  • Look at winning entries from the prior years on the Foundation’s website.


When is the contest deadline?

All entries must be received no later than 4:00 p. m. on Friday, November 3, 2017. 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 through their schools/teachers and invited to an awards program in February 2018.

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