Water conservation theme of Department of Water Supply’s 5th annual poster contest

Winners of the Department of Water Supply’s 5th annual Water Conservation Poster Contest have been announced from the 889 entries received from over 30 public, private and home schools countywide.

Students portrayed the theme “E Malama I Ka Wai” (Preserve and Care for the Water) and included a water conservation message in their artwork. The goal of the contest is to educate Maui County’s youth on the importance of water conservation and to encourage them to take an active role in ensuring the sustainability of our islands’ water supply, according to a news release.

The contest entries were evaluated based on water conservation message, originality, and visual effectiveness. The top three winners in each grade category receive $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third place. In addition, honorable mention winners receive $15.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be featured in the 2015 DWS Water Conservation Calendar, on the department’s website at, and will also be honored at 2 p.m. April 9 in the Mayor’s Office.

The posters will be on display this month at the Department of Water Supply on the 5th floor of the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku.

The judges were Randy Hufford, Pomaika’i Kaniaupio-Crozier and Marti Buckner.

The winners are as follows:


First place, Ronin Niles, Kilohana Elementary; second place, Papulo LaVoie, Kilohana Elementary; third place, Audrey Hoffman, Kilohana Elementary.

Grades 1 and 2

First place, Maya Fujita, Pukalani Elementary; second place, Emily Coflin, Carden Academy; third place, Leianna Santos, Pomaikaii Elementary.

Grades 3 and 4

First place, Jaz Jae Kelber, Pomaikaii Elementary; second place, Aya Buttaro, Puu Kukui Elementary; third place, Aliyah Englert, Puu Kukui Elementary.

Grades 5 and 6

First place, John Rey Miranda, Maui Waena Intermediate; second place, Maddie Dungo, Paia Youth & Cultural Center; third place, Kalai Fong, Seabury Hall.

Grades 7 and 8

First place, Zen Angela Ribao, Iao Intermediate; second place, Krizhna Bayudan, Sacred Hearts School; third place, Novalee Patel, Carden Academy.

High school

First place, Gabriel Salazar, Maui High School; second place, Mary Jane Butac, Maui High School; third place, Wendy Pias, Maui High School.