Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces 2018 Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition Finalists, Launches “People’s Choice” Contest on Facebook
Honolulu, HI—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced 20 finalists in her Sixth Annual Kaha Kiʻi Second Congressional District Art Competition and launched a “People’s Choice” contest on her Facebook page for the public to select their favorite pieces. A gallery of the finalists’ artwork is currently on display in the halls of the Hawaiʻi State Capitol through May 12.
Each spring, the congresswoman sponsors the event to recognize and encourage creativity across Hawai‘i as part of a nationwide high school art competition with other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, “Our annual Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity to recognize the creative abilities of Hawaii’s students and encourage them to further pursue their artistic talents. Mahalo to the educators and family members that support our students as they embrace their passion. Congratulations to this year’s finalists!”
The overall winner of the district-wide competition will be announced on May 12th in a ceremony at the Hawai‘i State Capitol. The first-place piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from all other congressional districts. The second-place and third-place pieces will be hung in Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Washington, DC and Hawaiʻi offices (respectively) for one year. All winners will be awarded with a cash prize.
The entry with the most Likes, Loves, and Shares in the “People’s Choice” Contest on Facebook on Thursday May 3 at 5:00 p.m. HST will be featured as the cover photo at the top of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s official Facebook page, and the artist will win a cash prize.
The 2018 Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition Finalists are listed below:
(Name, High School, Title of Artwork)
Tia Lardizabal, Kauaʻi High School, He Inoa O Kaumuali'i
Sharnell Kaili, Molokaʻi High School, Bamboo Gecko
Chelline Keliiliki, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Impermanance 2
Malie Nahoolewa, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Piece by Piece
Taevyn Roback, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Chop Suey
Zoe Tezak, Seabury Hall, Ephemeral
Chiemi Powell, Seabury Hall, Just One Drop
Clair Peck, Seabury Hall, Jumping Haleakala
Neira Hernandez, Kalaheo High School, La Cuentista-The Storyteller
Tyana Molinaro, Kalaheo High School, Lost in the Crowd
Mari Kurosawa, Kalaheo High School, Conformity Destroys Creativity
Rosa Kirgis, Leilehua High School, 15 Years Later
Alexis Polandey, Leilehua High School, Fly With Me
Marha Aron, Leilehua High School, Accidental Tourist
Zaria Dudley, Leilehua High School, Glance
Josephine Ladao, Leilehua High School, Snack Searching
Amanda Markham, Leilehua High School, The Last Note
Sadie Perez, Leilehua High School, Water Fun
Justine Tolentino, Leilehua High School, Uproar
Addison Davis, LeJardin Academy, A Hiker's Worst Nightmare