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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2009

Aloha “My Hawai‘i” student authors and teachers,

The staff and volunteers at the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation and the Pacific Writers’ Connection wish to extend our appreciation for your participation in the My Hawaii Story Project. We received 380 entries this year! Our dedicated team of reviewers again found it extremely challenging to choose only 25 for publication in this year’s Anthology.

To all students who participated, mahalo for sharing your creativity with us and we encourage you to continue writing about your connection to, exploration, and understanding of Hawai‘i’s environment. Mahalo also to parents and teachers for their invaluable support.To the 25 students whose poems, stories, and essays are final selections, we offer you our congratulations!

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

Mahalo to all participating Schools!

Academy of the Pacific
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Kailua Intermediate School
Kaimuki Christian School
Kapa‘a Middle School
Kapolei Middle School
Kawananakoa Middle School
Kea‘au Middle School
Kihei Charter School
Kona Christian Academy
Le Jardin Academy
Maryknoll School
Mid-Pacific Institute
Mokapu Elementary
Myron B. Thompson Academy
Na‘au-A Place for Learning
Niu Valley Middle School
R.L. Stevenson Middle School
Stem Academy Kihei Charter School
Sunset Beach Elementary
Waiakea Intermediate School
Waipahu Intermediate School

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