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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!

These 25 winners were selected from more than 440 outstanding entries to the My Hawaiʻi Story Contest 2014.

Mahalo to all the participating students and teachers!

Student Title School
Nainoa Antonio Hokule'a Kamehameha Schools Maui
Kahulialiʻi Arraujo Kaleo and the Marine Debris in Kaʻu Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo
Hannah Dumon Yesterday, Today, Then Tomorrow Konawaena Middle School
Nathan Facuri Native Navigation Kamehameha Schools Maui
Conor Higgins Maunawili Falls Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Hinamalaelena Ioane Past to Present Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo
Jeremiah-Keoki Kahala Little Native Leaves Mililani Middle School
Chiemi Kamaka Our Kupuna Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Rylan Kaupu A Journey To Success Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo
Bruce Kiko-Figueroa This Island is Our Home Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Ina Klasner Taking What Isn't Ours Hilo Intermediate School
Laura Landgraf The Ancients Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Alyssa Lyman Papa’s Hawaiʻi Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Taylor Magalei A Letter to my Kūpuna Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Sabine Maloney Haloa: Everlasting Breath Hilo Intermediate School
Keila Medeiros My Hawaiʻi Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Hokupaʻa Melim Words of Wisdom Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Kaʻanela Napeahi The Palila & The Hawaiian Hawk Hilo Intermediate School
Kaitlyn Ralar The Sila Hawaiʻi Kamehameha Schools Maui
Haley Tateyama The Worm Rescue University Laboratory School
Kimokeo Tefan He Hawaiʻi au, Mau a Mau Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Skylin Tokashiki A Cry for Help St. Andrews Priory
Makani Walker Heʻenalu Au No Ka Mea… Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School
Quinn Warrington Our Hard Work Kamehameha Schools Maui
Kate Welch Kaʻena: A Journey Through Time Hoʻala School


The My Hawai‘i partners invited all middle school students in the state to participate in the 8th annual My Hawai‘i Story Project, an environmental writing contest for students in Hawai‘i. Students were invited to submit their best story or poem that reflected this year's theme:


Navigating Change

What can we learn from the past - and kūpuna - about protecting the environment for the future?

What can you do to help Hawaiʻi's plants and animals survive in a changing world?




Project Partners

The Pacific Writers' Connection

Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program

Hawai'i Conservation Alliance

Hawai'i Conservation Alliance Foundation

Hawai'i Department of Education

Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources

     - Division of Forestry and Wildlife

     - Division of Aquatic Resources

Hawai'i Environmental Education Alliance

National Park Service - Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

     - Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument


2014 Awardees