Winners of sugar museum art contest named

Giovanna Garza Motta of Maui High School won first place in the grade 9-12 division of the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum “Remembering Sugar, How Sweet It Was” art contest. The painting was part of an exhibit in the museum in this photo taken May 31. The painting of Puunene Mill features an irrigation worker in the foreground. The image is a brightened and colorized update to a post card on sale in the museum gift shop. The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER photos

The Maui News

Giovanna Garza Motta, Ella Schale and Sacha Salem were the grade-level winners of the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum “Remembering Sugar, How Sweet It Was” art contest.

The second annual contest was offered to connect students to the history of sugar on Maui, provide an opportunity for them to present their art to the community and ignite a passion for creativity and learning, the museum said in a news release.

The winners, who were announced in April, were:

• 3rd to 5th grade. Salem, 5th grade, Hawaii Technology Academy Maui, first; Optimus Lombardi, 5th grade, Kula Elementary, second; Palma Gorman, 5th grade, Kula Elementary, third; Makana Kuon, 3rd grade, Kamehameha Schools Maui, honorable mention.

Kihei Charter School’s Ella Schale won first place in the grade 6-8 division for this color pencil rendering of a sugar mill blended with text. Some of the featured words are: diversity, water, culture, money, curious, pain, love, family and sweet.

• 6 to 8th grade. Schale, 8th grade, Kihei Charter, first; Izabella Collins, 6th grade, Kalama Intermediate, second; Naishma Farias Vazquez, 6th grade, Kihei Charter, third.

• 9th to 12th grade. Motta, 12th grade, Maui High, first; Kayla Ugalino Vicera, 11th grade, Maui High, second; Nya Cachola, 12th grade, Maui High, third; Zeinn Taroc, 11th grade, Maui High, honorable mention.

The judges for the contest were Annamarie Sheehan and Christine Waara.