Teachers ‘Thrilled’ for 2010 My Hawai‘i Story Project, Fundraiser and Celebration Dec. 12

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Last Years Winners

Last Years Winners

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, The Pacific Writers’ Connection, and ING DIRECT today announced a Fundraiser and Celebration of My Hawai’i Story Project, to be held on Saturday, December 12th, 2009.

My Hawaii Story 2009

The events start at 12 p.m.. with a free My Hawai‘i Fair, featuring activities and educational materials for all ages. Then culminating the Fair will be a public reading by “My Hawai‘i” student authors and a reception to follow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  A silent auction featuring books, art, special nature tours, and other special offers will be on display and open for bidding at the ING DIRECT Café from December 7, 2009. Funds raised will support the 2010 writing contest. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration of children’s writing.



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My Hawai’I Story Project is a Middle School writing contest held annually that invites students to write a story, poem or essay to reflect their thoughts and feelings about what makes Hawai‘i’s environment special to them. Since the Project launched in 2007, 1,172 students have participated, and 75 student writings were published in the annual anthologies. Several student authors will be reading their poems and stories from the 2009 Anthology at the celebration.

“Students eagerly participate in this writing exercise each year hoping to share their experiences of Hawai‘i,” said 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Le Jardin Academy, Marcia Huber about the My Hawai’i Story Project. “As a teacher, I am thrilled to be able to provide a real life writing situation that interests my students. This collection of stories and poems is a valuable teaching tool for classrooms, sparks discussions, and provides future writing opportunities,” she added.

Complimentary valet parking will be available off Pau Street for the event.

For more information on the “My Hawai‘i” Story Project, including a list of the winning entries and a PDF version of the anthology, visit the website at www.hawaiiconservation.org.

Aloha “My Hawaii” student authors and teachers,

The staff and volunteers at the Hawaii Conservation Alliance Foundation and the Pacific Writers’ Connection wish to extend our appreciation and Mahalo for your participation in the “My Hawaii Story Project.” We received 380 entries this year, and our team of reviewers again found it extremely difficult to choose only 20 poems and 5 stories or essays for publication in this year’s Anthology.

To all students who participated, we encourage you to keep writing about your exploration and understanding of Hawaii’s environment. To the 25 students whose poems, stories, and essays are final selections, we offer you our congratulations!

Kailua Intermediate School Moana Keaunui ”The Beauty of Our Ocean”
Joanna Leung “Envisioning Hawai‘i”
Kiana Ringuette “Wai‘ahole”
Kapa‘a Middle School Kekai Gonsalves “Swamp of Alaka‘i”
Kawananakoa Middle School Jeanne Hua “My Special Hawai‘i”
Le Jardin Academy Devon Franke “My Moku”
Robert Graper “Extinction”
Georgia Havens “The Great and Beautiful Hawai‘i”
Cheryl Kapahu “Hawaii Winter”
Logan Spencer “My Home Everlasting”
Kira Szabo “‘Āina of Hawai‘i”
Erin Voss “Symphony of Birds”
Jasmine Ying “Our Island”
Maryknoll School Lisa Edamura “My Hawai‘i”
Na‘au, A Place for Learning Malia Brooks “Hear the Hala Pepe Sing”
Jordon Lee “If I Had But Two Little Wings
Carlee Matsunaga “To Keep Them Alive”
Lily Mei “Endangered Birds of the Rainforest”
Mackenzie Smith “The Sapphire Waves Creep”
Kaylie Takeuchi “Humuhumu-nukunuku-‘a-pua ‘a”
Niu Valley Middle School Marissa Meyer “The Last Dance”
R.L.Stevenson Middle Mason Higa “Hawai‘i”
Stem Academy KCS Keaneu Archer “Hawai’i On-shore Fishing”
Celina Bekins “My Mysteries
Kaitlen McPherson “Hawaiian Rain”

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