PRINCE KUHIO LEGACY
A Creative Mixed-Media Competition for Na `Opio
Ko Kēia Au, Ko Kēlā Au
“For this generation and future generations”
The Prince Kuhio Essay Contest, which is a part of the annual celebration of Prince Jonah Kuhio
Kalaniana`ole, has been expanded to allow for creative interpretations in various media by our
island youth on the legacy of our “Citizen Prince.” This year’s contest on O`ahu will offer our
`opio an opportunity to express their mana`o in various ways. These will include the following:
Essay, Mele or Poem
Art (original pencil, water-color or oil painting)
The competition is open to all island youth, ages 5-18. Entries must be submitted to the Contest
Committee no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The entry form must
accompany all entries when submitted.
Purpose of the Competition
The purpose of the Prince Kuhio Legacy Competition is to encourage our island `opio to learn
about and celebrate the life and contributions of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole. Known as
the “Citizen Prince”, Ke Ali`i Maka`ainana was the driving force behind the passage of the
Hawaiian Homestead Act and founder of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs. This competition offers an
opportunity for our children to share with us in the recognition and celebration of Kuhio’s
Contest Categories and Age Groups
Awards will be given to three winners in the following categories and age groupings:
Honorable mentions will also be recognized, if so determined by the judges.
Winners of the competition will have their entries posted on the Association of Hawaiian Civic
Clubs and the O`ahu Council websites and will receive prize awards in the following amounts:
1st place - $100
2nd place - $50
3rd place - $25
Honorable mention - 5
Awards will be presented to the winners at the Annual Prince Kuhio Ho`ike`ike/Ho`olaule`a
celebration at Kapi`olani Park on Saturday, March 26, 2011.
1. All writing entries (essay, poetry, or mele) must be typed, double-spaced, or legibly
hand-written on 8-1/2 x 11 paper. For mele, the student may submit his or her entry as a
digital video or on CD, with the student performing the mele; however, the entry must
also be accompanied with the mele in writing. Essays must be at least 250 words in
length; poetry or mele must be at least 100 words in length.
2. All pencil drawings in the art category must be submitted on 8-1/2 x 11 plain white paper
or construction paper. Watercolor or oil paintings must be prepared on white
construction or poster paper measuring no smaller than 8-1/2 x 11 inches.
3. All entries will become the property of the O`ahu Council, Association of Hawaiian Civic
Clubs. Parents of each child entering the contest must sign a release form to allow the
reprinting of the submittal on civic club websites or for other purposes relating to the
Hawaiian civic clubs.
4. How entries will be judged: All entries will be judged by how well the submittal reflects
the student’s understanding of the legacy of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole and his
contributions to the Hawaiian people. Students will be expected to demonstrate some
knowledge of Kuhio’s work to establish Hawaiian homesteads, the Hawaiian Civic
Clubs, or other initiatives that are considered part of his gifts to the Hawaiian people. It
is understood that participants in this contest will need to conduct research or undertake
tutoring by their parents, teachers or others to learn the history of Prince Kuhio. A brief
history of his life is being provided by the Contest Committee.
5. Research: youth participants are encouraged to conduct more research on the history and
works of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole, by consulting with any kumu, kupuna or
makua; researching on the internet; borrowing books from the library; doing research at
the Archives or Bishop Museum, UH Hamilton Library, etc.
6. Only one entry per student will be permitted.
7. The name of the student entering the contest must be typed or printed on the back of the
entry, lower right-hand corner, in black ink. For video or CD entries, the name of the
student must be typed or printed on a label and placed on the back of the CD/DVD case.
8. Entries must be submitted to the Prince Kuhio Legacy Contest Committee by 4:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, March 16, at the following address:
Prince Kuhio Legacy Competition
c/o Ruby Maunakea, Chairperson
89-081 Kihonua Place
Waianae, HI 96792-3813
Entries may also be turned in at the Hawaii Maoli office in the Prince Kuhio Community
Center, 91-1270 Kinoiki Place, adjacent to the Department of Hawaiian Homelands
Building, in Kapolei. Phone 394-0050 for directions.
For more information on rules or the contest, contact Ruby Maunakea, ph. 348-4152,
or visit the O`ahu Council-Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs website at
9. Winners will be notified via phone, regular mail or e-mail by March 24, 2011. All
winners will be announced at the O`ahu Council Ho`ike`ike at Kapi`olani Park on
Saturday, March 26, 2011. Winners will also be invited to participate in the Kuhio Day
parade at 10 a.m. on March 26, 2011.
10. There will be awards in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories. First place winners will be
awarded $100; 2nd place, $50; and 3rd place, $25. Honorable mention awards may also be