Meet our 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Art Contest winners

From left: Joshua Chung of Iolani School, Emily Wong of Iolani School, and Merynn Yamane of Kaneohe Elementary

From left: Joshua Chung of Iolani School, Emily Wong of Iolani School, and Merynn Yamane of Kaneohe Elementary

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

Kindness Kindness flows down deep Powerful acts of kindness Kind people triumph

Kindness
Kindness flows down deep
Powerful acts of kindness
Kind people triumph

Grades 6-8: Emily Wong, Grade 8, Iolani School

The Gift Tears are running down, She tries to speak but cannot, She smiles and thanks me.

The Gift
Tears are running down,
She tries to speak but cannot,
She smiles and thanks me.

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!