The 64th Cherry Blossom Festival, a project of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce three winners in its annual “Haiku Art Contest.”
The contest invited Hawaii students in grades 3-12 to showcase their creativity through haiku, the Japanese style of short-form poetry, and art. Each haiku was accompanied by a two-dimensional original artwork that conveyed this year’s theme, Kansha, the Japanese value of gratitude.
Entries were submitted in the following categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.
Grades 3-5: Merynn Yamane, Grade 5, Kaneohe Elementary
Grades 6-8: Emily Wong, Grade 8, Iolani School
Grades 9-12: Joshua Chung, Grade 9, Iolani School
Each winner received a $100 cash prize, and had his or her winning works published in the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Souvenir Book, and online. They were also recognized during a public appearance at Kahala Mall on Jan. 23. Congratulations, and mahalo to all who entered!