How to enter the Lahaina News Writing Contest
The Lahaina News Writing Contest is inspired by the Life of Edwin Lindsey Jr. (1939-2009).
The theme of the 2011 Writing Contest honors the value of malama. Students are asked to express their understanding of malama and what it means to them.
“The two important Hawaiian values my dad shared were malama and aloha. He not only shared it; he was a living example of all things Hawaiian,” explained Edwin “Ekolu” Lindsey III.
“Aside from aloha, malama is another key value to incorporate into our moral fabric of life. Malama is defined as: To take care of, tend, attend, care for, preserve, protect, save, maintain… according to Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert’s Hawaiian Dictionary,” he continued.
“Like our fragile native ecosystems, where every living thing is dependent on the other for life, our values are tightly related to the same ecosystem, that of a balanced life with aloha and malama.”
1. Open to all West Maui students in two different grade level categories: six through eight and nine through 12.
2. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2010.
3. Entries may be poetry, fiction, narrative, essay or haiku.
4. All entries must be the original work of the student.
5. Typewritten entries are preferred (but not mandatory) and must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the following information: title, grade level category, student’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), and school. Home-schooled student submissions are welcome. Of this information, only the title should appear on the manuscript itself.
6. Submissions will be judged on creativity, content and adherence to theme.
7. All author-identifying information will be removed prior to judging.
8. The winning entry will be published in the Lahaina News, and awards will be given to the first, second and third place winners in each category. In addition, a grand prize will be awarded for the submission best exemplifying the value of malama.
9. Submit entries to Lahaina News, Attn. Writing Contest, P. O. Box 10427, Lahaina, HI 96761, or e-mail your entry to email@example.com.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark Vieth at 667-7866.
In order to fully understand the value of malama, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in an act of malama: spending a day in Honokowai Valley with Maui Cultural Lands on Saturday, Feb. 12.
To sign up for the excursion to Honokowai, e-mail Maui Cultural Lands at MCL@hawaii.rr.com.