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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2012

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, and Pacific Writers' Connection announced the names of 26 students who were selected to be published in the 2012 My Hawai‘i Story Project Anthology. Students in grades six through eight across the state were invited to submit a creative work — including stories, poems, artwork, or songs — that expressed their perspective on why conserving Hawaii’s environment was important to them.

In 2012, its sixth year, the My Hawai'i Project received 300 creative contest entries from students in nine different schools. The 26 winning entries were compiled into an anthology that was distributed to all middle schools and public libraries in the state.

The students whose works were selected for publication were invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference on August 1, 2012, where they were presented with certificates of achievement and special prizes.

School Student – Title
Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Teacher: Dina Vento
Sheena Juliano – Stay Green by Staying Clean (2D art)
Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama Middle School Teacher: Renade Kaneakua
Nichole Getz – Hawai'i (song)
Nina Racoma – My Hawai'i Project

Teacher: Christy Mishina
Grace Moody – Our Roots
Mikaela Nishida – Worth Saving
Kamalei Simon – Restoring Maunalua Bay
Sydney Story – How I Saved My Beach
Brandon Westervelt – Why I Must Save My Hawai'i

Teacher: Gay Murakami
Emma KaneKeep Hawai'i, Hawai'i
Nahaku Kekauoha – Strength And Opulence

Le Jardin Academy Teacher: Ivonne Baxter
Maxwell DunlapOn the Forest Floor
Mikaila WahlMy Hale My Home

Teacher: Marcia Huber
Tawny VenturaWhat Happened?

Moanalua Middle School Teacher: Lisa Montoya
Carly KajiwaraHome

Teacher: Mie Murakami
Jeysea Arakawa-LeeE Malama I Ka Wao Kele    (Respect the Rainforest)
Mia KaneshiroCall Me Rental Rack
Jared NittaEver Watchful

Teacher: Donna Wu
Lumi Hayakawa Call of the Clouds and the Whispering Winds

Na‘au: A Place For Learning Teacher: Melvin Spencer III
Matthew MuraiConserving Our 'Aina
St. Andrew’s Priory Teacher: Kaipolani Walsh
Nicole HataeThe Voice of the Forest
Maia ItoSustaining Our 'Aina
Emma ShiraiImagine
Isabella-Marie GeppertThe Wai In Me
Teacher: Amy Cox
Elizabeth ColemanLauele…
Mahealani DanielsThe Scrapbook                  
Waimea Canyon
Middle School
Teacher: Cherie Gaither
Angelica LunaHawai'i For You And Me                   

The My Hawai‘i Story Project Anthology is a publication of the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance Foundation and the Pacific Writers' Connection, supported by the Hawaii Office of Planning, Coastal Zone Management Program.

Mahalo nui loa to Hugette Montesinos of DISfunkshion Magazine for the 2012 book design and layout.


Mahalo to all 2012 participating schools!

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School

Ewa Elementary School

Kamehameha Middle School

Le Jardin Academy

Moanalua Middle School

Na‘au: A Place for Learning

St. Andrew’s Priory School

University Laboratory School

Waimea Canyon Middle School

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