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Businesses contribute prizes for Lahaina News Writing Contest

By Staff | Apr 1, 2010

West Maui’s Buddhist community will celebrate Hanamatsuri on Sunday, April 4, at 9:30 a.m. at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission. All are welcome. The celebration will include a service, offering of incense and sweet tea for the Baby Buddha, sutra chanting, birthday cake ceremony, fellowship games and luncheon. A Dharma Talk will be delivered by Rev. Mariko Nishiyama. Call Yayoi Hara at 661-4304 for information.

LAHAINA — Inspired by Lahaina cultural treasure Edwin “Uncle Ed” Lindsey II (1939-2009), the Lahaina News is sponsoring the first annual “Ka Ho‘olina i Kakau ‘ia” Writing Contest.

The competition is open to all West Side students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. Entry forms have been distributed at Lahainaluna High School, Sacred Hearts School, Lahaina Intermediate School and Maui Preparatory Academy. For a copy, send an e-mail to lahnews@maui.net.

The theme of the first contest is the “Value of Aloha.” Students are invited to submit poems, stories, narratives, essays or haiku expressing their take on the theme. The deadline to enter is May 1.

Submissions will be judged on creativity, content and adherence to the theme.

Winning entries will be published in the Lahaina News, and all participants will receive a “Practice Aloha” bumper sticker from local author Mark Ellman of www.practicealoha.org.

The Grand Prize is a Trilogy Excursion for a family of four to Molokini, for the submission best exemplifying the Value of Aloha, donated by Jim and Randy Coon; and gift certificates from Penne Paste Cafe donated by Mark Ellman.

The Most Creative Prize is a family of four Kayak Trip with Kapalua Dive Company donated by Eden and Kevin McAfee; and gift certificates from Mala Ocean Tavern’s Mark Ellman.

The Most Original Prize is four tickets to the Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series and show CDs donated by George and Nancy Kahumoku; and gift certificates from Penne Paste Cafe and Mala Ocean Tavern.

The first place prize for students in grades 6-8 is dinner for four at Lahaina Pizza Company donated by Jerry Kunitomo.

First place prize for Grades 9-12 is Old Lahaina Luau tickets for a family of four donated by Michael Moore, Tim Moore and Robert Aguiar.

The second place prize for grades 6-8 is Penne Pasta gift certificates. The second place winner in grades 9-12 will receive Mala Ocean Tavern gift certificates.

The third place prize for grades 6-8 is a $75 gift certificate to Wal-Mart donated by Robin Ritchie, and the third place prize for grades 9-12 is a $30 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble and Life Coach Session with Kim Willis.