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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2011

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The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, and the Pacific Writers’ Connection announced the names of the 25 student authors whose submissions were selected for publication in the 2011 “My Hawai‘i Story Project” Anthology. Students in grades six through eight across the state were invited to write a story, poem, or essay to reflect their thoughts and feelings about what makes Hawai‘i’s environment special to them. Now in its fifth year, this inspiring statewide outreach program touches the lives of students who are budding writers and want to share their stories and passion for the environment.

This year 532 students from 19 schools shared with us their thoughts and impressions about our state’s natural splendors and the challenges we face in conserving them. The students’ stories were compiled into an anthology that were distributed to all elementary and middle school libraries in the state.

The 25 students whose writings were selected for publication were invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference on August 4, 2011, where they were presented with certificates of achievement and prizes.


School Student – Story or Poem Title
Highlands Intermediate School Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Lin
Phillip Cyr (Gr. 7) – The Hawaiian Rain Forest
Cailla Fabro (Gr. 7) – Tears on the Mountain
Hualalai Academy Teacher: Mr. Scott Sveiven
Collin Maynard (Gr. 8) – The Dream Tree, if only, if Only
Cody Lambrecht (Gr. 8) – What Could Be
Molly Jacoby (Gr. 8) – The Hike of the Heavens
Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama Middle School Teacher: Mrs. Noe Chun
Sierra Hirayama (Gr. 8) – They SpeakTeacher: Mrs. Christy Mishina
Amanda Kushima (Gr. 7) – Pride
Casey Anuhea Robins (Gr. 7) – The Heart of a Child
Kalau Tanaka-Pesamino (Gr. 7) – A Place of Learning
Nike-Michelle Momi Tolentino (Gr. 7) – Deep WithinTeacher: Mrs. Renade Kaneakua
Samantha Hussey (Gr. 7) – My Hawaii
Kahealani Arakaki-Castillo (Gr. 7) – Little Critters
Kelia Kameenui-Becker (Gr. 7) – The Gems of the Isle
Tia Williams (Gr. 7) – The Last ‘O‘o

Teacher: Ms. Gay Murakami
Paige Chang (Gr. 7) – Faded Dreams
Pomaika‘i Yamaguchi (Gr. 7) – Elevator
Keliaikamalu “Malu” Napuelua (Gr. 7) – Ho‘olohe I Ka ‘Āina – Listen to the Land

Le Jardin Academy Teacher: Mrs. Marcia Huber
Michelle Takenaka (Gr. 8) – Song of the ‘āina
Lili Maero (Gr. 8) – Through The Eyes…
Leah Ford (Gr. 8) – My Moku
Alexander Lee (Gr. 8) – Nahele
Na‘au Teacher: Mr. Melvin Spencer III
Noah Hirashima (Gr. 7) – Sacred
Carlee Matsunaga (Gr. 6) – Lavender and Vermilion Evening
St. Andrew’s Priory Teacher: Mrs. Ka‘ipo Walsh
Sreelakshmi Kutty (Gr. 7) – Not Lost
University Laboratory School Teacher: Mrs. Marybeth Baldwin
Erin Tatsuno (Gr. 7) – Ho‘opuka e ka lā (Journey – awareness of light and appreciation)

This writing contest is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance
and the Pacific Writers’ Connection.


Watch VideoWatch Governor Abercrombie talk about the 2011 My Hawai’i Story Project!

Mahalo to all participating Schools!

Connections Public Charter School

Gus Webling Elementary School

Hakipu‘u Learning Center

Halau Lokahi Public Charter School

Highlands Intermediate School

Hualalai Academy

Kailua Intermediate School

Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Middle School

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i Campus Middle School

Kapolei Middle School

Keone‘ula Elementary School

Le Jardin Academy

Na‘au: A Place for Learning

St. Andrew’s Priory School

St. Anthony Junior–Senior High School

St. Theresa School

University Laboratory School

Waipahu Intermediate School

Waolani Judd Nazarene School

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