Haiku ART Contest for students

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival “Haiku Art Contest,” sponsored by the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation, invites Hawaii students in grades 3-12 to showcase their creativity through haiku, the Japanese style of short-form poetry. The Cherry Blossom Festival, a project of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, is one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the State of Hawaii, primarily dedicated to the perpetuation of Japanese culture.

Extended Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by October 22, 2016.

Submission Categories:

  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

Awards:

  • One (1) winner will be selected per Submission Category by a panel of three judges.
  • Each winner will receive:
    • $100 cash
    • Presentation of prize and on-stage recognition at the Cherry Blossom Festival public appearance at Kahala Mall, on January 14, 2017 (details to be confirmed later.)
    • Haiku and artwork published in the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Souvenir Book
    • Haiku and artwork showcased on www.cbfhawaii.com

Theme: Kokoro” heart, mind, spirit.

Although this value can be interpreted and expressed in different ways, its overarching meaning of ‘the heart within’ is considered to be of paramount importance in the Japanese culture.

Additional Requirements:

·       Original haiku needs to reflect the meaning of this year’s theme, kokoro. Haiku should be typed and printed.

·       Original artwork accompanying the haiku needs to be two-dimensional (i.e. paintings, drawings, prints, and photography.)

·       Please incorporate the haiku and artwork into a single sheet of paper, not exceeding 8½” x 11”

·       Entries will not be returned.

·       Completed application Form, haiku, and artwork to be mailed to:

65th CBF Haiku Art Contest

P.O. BOX 1105

Aiea, Hawaii 96701

2016 haiku art contest winners

From left to right: Joshua Chung of Iolani School, Emily Wong of Iolani School, and Merynn Yamane of Kaneohe Elementary (View their winning submissions here!)

From left to right: Joshua Chung of Iolani School, Emily Wong of Iolani School, and Merynn Yamane of Kaneohe Elementary (View their winning submissions here!)