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2016 “Hawaii: Next 50” Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the 2016 Hawaii: Next 50 Contest were honored as conductors of change on the floor of the Hawaii State House of Representatives today, followed by a luncheon with former Governor George Ariyoshi. More than 350 students statewide submitted essay, poster, and video submissions with ideas from new ways on harnessing solar, wind, wave, and geothermal power to increasing available energy efficient measures in everyday life.

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The Hawaii: Next 50 Contest is inspired by Ariyoshi’s book, Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years, which provides a look back at our state’s history as well as suggestions for the road ahead. Students received free copies of the book and were asked to use it as a starting point to create their own predictions and vision of Hawaii’s renewable energy future.

The contest sponsored by aio Foundation, Hawaii Future Caucus, the Hawaii State House of Representatives, HGEA, and Ulupono Initiative.

In addition to the floor presentation and luncheon, winners received a monetary prize and will have their entries posted online at www.HawaiiNext50.com.

2016 Hawaii: Next 50 Contest Winners

Grades 4-5
Essay: Mei Rosa, Manoa Elementary School
Poster: Mana Harada, Maemae Elementary School

Grades 6-8
Essay: Alize Pagaduan, Highlands Intermediate School
Poster: (tie) Angelica Devers, Kapolei Middle School; Febelie Rodriguez, Waipahu Intermediate School

Grades 9-12
Essay: Sydney Millerd, Waipahu High School
Poster: Aolele Taulapapa, Kahuku High School

Hokulea Arrives in Cuba

Hokulea, the legendary voyaging canoe from Hawaii internationally known for her pioneering travels, has reached another “first” in her Worldwide Voyage: arrival on the shores of Cuba. The vessel reached Havana on Friday at 7:30 a.m. local time, after traveling over a thousand nautical miles from the British Virgin Islands, where the canoe was most recently docked. Note: Havana, Cuba is six hours ahead of Hawaii time.

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“Being part of this hardworking crew who just completed a historic sail to this island country in the Caribbean Sea is nothing short of amazing,” said Kalepa Baybayan, captain and pwo navigator. “We’re anticipating great learning experiences to emerge from our engagement with Cuba’s local community and customs. Our crew is also looking forward to sharing with Cuba’s residents Hokulea’s Malama Honua message of taking care of our precious natural resources.”

While in Cuba, the crew plans to visit Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet with ICAP (Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples) about US-Cuban relations.   They also plan to meet with leaders of urban sustainability and marine conservation efforts in Cuba.

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From Cuba, Hokulea will sail up to US waters and stop at Key West before making her arrival in the continental US at Everglades City, FL at the end of March. From Florida, the canoe will travel up the US East Coast. She is scheduled to arrive in New York City by June 8, 2016 to be part of the United Nations’ World Oceans Day.

Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2014, Hokulea has sailed more than 21,500 nautical miles and made stops in 12 countries and 55 ports, weaving a “Lei of Hope” around the world. Along the way, more than 160 volunteer crew members have helped to sail Hokulea accompanied by escort vessel Gershon II to spread the message of malama honua (or taking care of Island Earth) by promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness, as well as exchanging ideas with the countries she has visited.

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So far, crew members have connected with over 45,000 people in communities across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea and Indian Ocean including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Indonesia, Mauritius, South Africa and Brazil. For a midway recap of the Worldwide Voyage, please view http://www.hokulea.com/2015-worldwide-voyage-recap/

Click here for an archive of news releases since Hokulea’s 2014 Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage launch.

Hokulea first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Since then, she has traveled to multiple countries across the globe, reawakening a Hawaiian cultural renaissance in the process through reviving the traditional art of wayfinding – navigating the sea guided by nature using the ocean swells, stars, and wind.