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Art & Poetry Contest

For K-12 Students

Making a piece of art is one of the best ways for our keiki to express themselves! K-12 students that live between Waialua to Waihee, Oahu, Hawaii can submit their artwork or poem by mail by October 15, 2021 about this year's theme -


"Protecting our Humpback Whales, the Ocean, and our Planet"


Contest Details


October 15, 2021

Entries will be picked up from the school office or can be mailed, view full contest rules for more information.


K-2nd / 3rd-4th / 5th-6th / 7th-8th / 9th-12th

One submission per student (no collaborative work).


Grand prize winner wins a Go Pro Camera!

*1st - 5th place winners receive medals and other fun prizes!

Contest Inspiration

Learn how to draw a realistic whale from local artist Patrick Ching! Once you learn how to draw the whale, add something to your picture that tells a story about your whale…or write a story or poem about your whale.  If you were a whale where would you live what would you be doing?

Ideas for your keiki

Ask the kids for their ideas about how to protect our ocean. Here are some facts about Humpback Whales: 

Humpback Whales live in Alaska, where there’s lots of krill and small fish they like to eat. They fatten up while they're in Alaska!

Humpback Whales grow to be 45 feet long and 45 tons. Calves are 15 feet long when born. Mature whales have mouths that are 15 feet long, their main body is 15 feet long and their tails are another 15 feet long and 15 feet wide.

Humpback Whales travel 3,000 miles to Hawaii where they enjoy warm waters for giving birth and raising their young. They don’t eat in Hawaii, there’s not enough food here!

Humpback Whales play an important role in the balance of the earth’s ecosystem. Whales, as well as, other animals and plants, weather and landscape all work together to support life on Earth.

Humpback Whales know how to find their way from Alaska to Hawaii. This is an unsolved mystery! We don’t know how they do this. Is there an underwater highway?

Humpback Whales were commercially hunted for their oil and meat. Later, scientists figured out how to use vegetable oil instead of whale oil and whaling declined. Today the main threats Humpback Whales face are caused by human activity.

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