Contest promotes water conservation

The county Department of Water Supply has announced the winners of its eighth annual Water Conservation Poster Contest and of its first Source Water Protection Video Contest.

DWS received poster artwork from 770 students from kindergarten to 8th grade and several creative and inspiring videos from Maui County high school students.

The theme of this year’s poster contest was “By Water All Things Find Life.” Submitted artwork was judged based on three criteria: water conservation message, originality and visual effectiveness (neatness and creativity). Winners received various prizes, such as backpacks and water bottles. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be featured in the 2018 DWS Water Conservation Calendar at www.mauiwater.org and will be on display on the fifth floor of the county building, Kalana O Maui, for one year.

The theme of this year’s video contest was “Keep Our Water Clean & Pure.” Submitted videos were judged based on the following criteria: originality of content and concept, quality of video and audio, how well the video addresses the theme of source water protection and water quality, and whether or not community organizations were featured in the video. Winners received electronic prizes. Winning entries will be displayed at www.mauiwater.org.

The award ceremony for both contests was held on May 10 on the ninth floor of Kalana O Maui.

Poster contest judges were: Brad Forsythe, a professional artist; Christine Lamb, a retired teacher; and Donna Borge, former program operations supervisor at Puu Kukui Watershed Preserve.

Here are the results of the poster contest:


First place — Zailin Lavoie, Kilohana Elementary School; second place — Robin Beck Macklin, Haiku Elementary School; third place — Malu Menelau, Haiku Elementary School. Honorable Mentions: Kihana Namahoe-Galiza, Haiku Elementary School; Destiny Perry, Hana High and Elementary School; Claire Olsen, Haiku Elementary School.

Grades 1 & 2

First place — Hi’iaka Hinau-Needham, Grade 1, Waihee Elementary School; second place — Aene Kapule Valdez, Grade 2, Emmanuel Lutheran School; third place — Sha’Kea Paleka-Freeman, Grade 1, Makawao Elementary School. Honorable Mentions: Fynn Bortz-Zapparoli, Grade 1, Waihee Elementary School; Malia Puaa-Castillon, Grade 1, Makawao Elementary School; Maui Lind, Grade 2, Hana High and Elementary School.

Grades 3 & 4

First place — Karisa Bayudan, Grade 4, Sacred Hearts School; second place — Bazel Potratz, Grade 4, Kamehameha Schools Maui; third place — Makana Tanner, Grade 4, Boys & Girls Club of Lahaina. Honorable Mentions: Kellee Yi, Grade 3, Kamalii Elementary School; Danica Opupele, Grade 4, Lihikai Elementary School; Ashlyn Sumibcay, Grade 4, Lihikai Elementary School.

Grades 5 & 6

First place — Alyssa Mateo, Grade 5, Kamehameha Schools of Maui; second place — Manolo Rick Ruiz, Grade 5, Kahului Elementary School; third place Sophia Salvador, Grade 6, Kihei Charter Middle School. Honorable Mentions: Paulina Rivera, Grade 6, St. Anthony Middle School; Daisy Queirolo. Grade 6, Kihei Charter Middle School; Mikaela Tirona, Grade 6, St. Anthony Middle School.

Grades 7 & 8

First place — Benjamin Lolesio, Grade 7, Sacred Hearts School; second place Sofie Scott, Grade 7, Lahaina Intermediate School; third place — Paloma Banto, Grade 8, Lahaina Intermediate School. Honorable Mentions: Moses Ligot, Grade 8, Maui Waena Intermediate School; Alexis Nordblom, Grade 7, Sacred Hearts School; Marinel Villanueva, Grade 8, Maui Waena Intermediate School.

Video contest winners:

First place — Water Protection Superhero, Kihei Charter School — Alexander Austin, Jordan Lyon, Austin Hutto, George Dugas and Tristan Riley.

Second place — Warrior Water Wahine (Clean Water), Kamehameha Schools Maui — Skye Murakami, Kylie Murakami and Hiwalani Naho’olewa.

Third place — Source Water Protection, Lahainaluna High School — Noelani Villiarimo, Angelei Shulman, Ruby O’Donnell and Kealani Villiarimo.

Honorable Mention — West Maui Mountain Watershed Partnership: Protecting Water Through Our Forests, Baldwin High School — Jacquelyn Grimes, Courtney Tagay, Rhea Chung and Devyn Yarbrough.


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