The Hawaiian Islands were once inhabited by over a hundred birds found nowhere else in the world. Today, very few people who live on the Hawaiian Islands have even seen a native forest bird. Hawaii’s native birds continue to face a number of threats through diseases, loss of habitat, and competition with non-native species. The surviving Hawaiian forest bird species are important to preserving our natural ecosystems and have cultural and intrinsic value. We are looking for students to create artwork that shows the splendor of these Hawaiian Forest Birds, why they are worth saving, and what we can do to protect them.
ELIGIBILITY: The Art Contest is open to all students living in Hawai‘i in 4th through 12th grade attending public, charter, private or home schools. Previous winners are not eligible to enter. Previous entries may be reentered.
AWARD: Judges will select several works to be chosen to win cash awards of up to $100. A number of artists’ works will be displayed at the concert on a big projection screen at the Blaisdell Concert Hall before and during the performance. A number of works will also be on display at the Hawaii Department of Education, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support.
All original artwork must be two-dimensional, single-sided, and measure between 8.5” x 11” and 12” x 18”.
Student work will be grouped according to the following grade levels for awards:
The artwork should feature at least one Hawaiian forest bird and reflect the theme of “Mālama Hawaiian Forest Birds” to show some ways that we can protect them.
Keep in mind that Hawaiian forest birds do NOT include the nēnē! Look up and discover some amazing forest birds of Hawai‘i such as all the various honey creeper species and many more!
Artwork must be original completed in its entirety by the student
Artwork may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Please take a look at this link if you have any questions on whether something is within U.S. copyright laws: A guide to copyright and plagiarism.
Artwork may be used to promote state of Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife conservation programs.
Submitted artwork may be shared online as a Virtual Exhibition.
Student artwork may be projected onto a screen during a live orchestral performance at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2018