Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sponsors the Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition, as part of a nation-wide high school arts competition. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in Hawaiʻi's 2nd Congressional District. The winning artwork is displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, along with winning artwork from all participating districts around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on's Congressional Art Competition page.

The deadline to submit an entry to the 2018 Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition is Monday March 5, 2018.

Dates and Deadlines:

  • Monday March 5, 2018:  Deadline for emailing digital files of 2D artwork to
  • Saturday April 14, 2018:  Oahu drop off and installation of finalists’ entries at the Hawaii State Capitol (basement level)
  • Monday April 16 - Saturday May 12, 2018:  Art Exhibition at Hawaii State Capitol
  • Saturday May 12, 2018 (10:00am):  Awards Ceremony

2018 Rules and Guidelines


  1. A guide to Copyright and Plagiarism
  2. 2018 Rules for Students and Teachers
  3. 2018 Student Release Form – must be completed/signed and submitted with entry

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two-dimensional
  • Be no larger than 26 inches high,  26 inches wide, and 4 inches thick when matted/framed
  • Weigh no more than 15 pounds (when matted/framed)
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
    • *PLEASE NOTE: All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and 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. 
  • Work entered must be in the original medium, that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing.

Acceptable Mediums for the two-dimensional artwork:

  • Paintings – oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings – colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed)
  • Collages - must be two dimensional
  • Prints - lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Collages (must be two dimensional).
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

How to submit an entry:
The deadline to submit an entry to the 2018 Kaha Ki'i Congressional Art Competition is Monday March 5, 2018. Email the entry in digital format (following the digital image file specifications below) to:

Digital Image File Specifications:

  • JPG Files:  JPG files should be captured by a high-resolution camera.
  • Image Size:  Each JPG file must be at least 1500 by 2100 pixels
  • Image Quality:  300 dpi
  • File Size:  Each JPG file should be at least 1 megabyte but no greater than 10 megabytes.
  • Save File as:  CON_Grade_School_Student Last Name_First Name_Media_Title.jpg

For questions on the 2018 Kaha Ki’i 2nd Congressional District Art Competition, please contact Anya at or call (808) 541-1986. 

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