Manga and drawing contest calls for entries

The 9th annual Manga and Art Drawing Contest will be held at the 13th annual Maui Matsuri on May 11 on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus.

There are two categories: traditional art or manga. Manga is a mixture of comic book, modern art and literature that creates a unique and popular Japanese art form.

Submissions will be judged in three age divisions for both manga style and traditional art categories: 3rd to 5th grades; 6th to 8th grades; and 9th to 12th grades.

The top three contestants from each category and age division will be awarded certificate and cash prizes.

Participants can enter by submitting hand-drawn work on paper, not to exceed 8by 11 inches (no frames or mounted pieces). All media are allowed – pencil, colored pencil, pen, etc. All manga entries should depict a manga/anime character, and all traditional art entries should depict a “Matsuri” (Japanese festival) theme.

Each entry must have an official entry form, along with disclaimer form (parental signatures are required), taped to the back of the artwork to be accepted. The entry form may be downloaded at

Entries will be accepted at the Maui Matsuri between 1 and 2:30 p.m. May 11.

Entries may also be submitted May 6 through 10 at the John Henry Photography studio at 59A Kanoa St. in Wailuku (in the former Hokama’s Music & Color TV building). Studio hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Judging will begin at 3 p.m. at the festival. Winners will be announced on the entertainment stage at 4 p.m.

For information on the contest, call Gwen Henry at 250-9666 or download the information and forms from

The Maui Matsuri is a two-day event, May 10-11, featuring Japanese culture.

For more information on the Maui Matsuri, call the Matsuri hotline at 283-9999.