Students encouraged to get creative for Haiku Art Contest

Previous winners were recognized at Kahala Mall (Photo: Cherry Blossom Festival)

Hawaii students interested in art and poetry are encouraged to enter the Haiku Art Contest presented by the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival.

Students grades 3-12 can enter by composing an original haiku, the Japanese style of short-form poetry, and a two-dimensional original artwork (such as a painting, drawing, print, or photo).

Both must convey this year’s theme, Kansha, the Japanese value of gratitude.

Entries can be submitted in the following categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.

Winners will receive $100 cash, on-stage recognition at a future 64th Cherry Blossom Festival public appearance event, and have their haiku and artwork published in the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Souvenir Book and online.

Completed entries (including the application form, haiku, and artwork) must be mailed to:

64th CBF Haiku Art Contest
P.O. Box 1105
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 12, 2015. Students must submit their application form under the supervision of an adult educator, parent, or legal guardian.

Click here for full contest details and to download an application form.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the longest, continually running ethnic festivals in Hawaii, started in 1953 to celebrate Japanese culture. Students do not need to be of Japanese ancestry to enter the Haiku Art Contest.

Artwork by last year's winner (Grades 3-5): Karys Imai, Grade 5, Kaneohe Elementary
Artwork by last year’s winner (Grades 3-5): Karys Imai, Grade 5, Kaneohe Elementary

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