Kamehameha Maui captures student journalism awards

Kamehameha Schools Maui’s student news site Ka Leo o Na Koa captured more than a dozen awards during the annual Hawaii High School Journalism Awards on Oahu.

The school received awards for its cumulative scores and also in the statewide and private schools divisions. An awards ceremony and banquet were held at the Pagoda Hotel in April.

Kamehameha Maui received a second-place cumulative score award for writing, which is based off of scores from the total award categories. It also received third-place cumulative score awards for photo and the online category.

The school picked up a first-place award in the state for its editorial writing. It also received two second-place statewide awards for the action photo and single issue categories. The statewide awards includes both private and public schools.

In the private school division, where competition is limited to those schools, Kamehameha Maui took first in editorial writing, action photo and single issue.

It placed second in profile writing, blog, website and social media.

It placed third in news writing, feature writing and column writing.

The school’s most valuable staffer was graduating senior Aaron Veincent, the features editor.

There were 20 categories judged, including news writing, feature writing, layout/design, website, action photo and others.

Public and private schools were judged separately. Then judges selected an overall winner for each category and determined top statewide winners. Cumulative winners were also determined.

Sponsors for the contest included the Hawaii Publishers Association, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Midweek, Honolulu Civil Beat, Nella Media Group, Honolulu Publishing and Clarity Printing.