Meaningful volunteering subject of essay contest

The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission and the Hawaii State Bar Association are sponsoring an essay contest for high school students to express their thoughts about “Meaningful Volunteering and What It Means to Me.”

The contest is intended to recognize exceptional volunteerism by Hawaii students and to encourage those students to share their volunteering experiences with others.

The contest is open to public and private high school students in grades 10 through 12.

Submitted essays must be 500 words or fewer. One essay each from Maui, Kauai and Hawaii counties and three essays from Oahu will selected for a $500.

The awardees will be recognized at a Pro Bono Celebration event to be held in the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom in Honolulu at 4 p.m. Oct. 24.

A travel stipend for each of the honored students and his/her parent or guardian will be provided for students from the Neighbor Islands.

The Pro Bono Celebration also will recognize outstanding volunteers selected by legal service providers in Hawaii.

The deadline for the entries is 4 p.m. Sept. 24. Contest details will be distributed to all public and private high schools in the state.

Information about the contest also may be obtained at