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.
AWARD: Selected artists may win cash awards ranging from $50-$150
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:
Additional winners will be selected from an online contest open to the public.
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.
Please keep in mind that Hawaiian forest birds do NOT include the nēnē! So we encourage you to conduct some research. Look up and discover some amazing forest birds of Hawai‘i such as all the various honeycreeper species and many more!
Artwork must be original and 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 May 9, 2018