Over 300 students from across the island participated in the county’s “Kaua’i Kākou: I Love My Community” art contest as part of the Kaua’i General Plan Update process. Entries were submitted by a number of elementary schools including: Hanalei; Kīlauea; Kapa’a; King Kaumuali’i; Wilcox; Kōloa; Kalāheo; ‘Ele’ele and Kekaha elementary schools; along with St. Catherine School; Island School and Kanuikapono Charter School.

Marisa Valenciano, a long-range county planner who coordinated the contest, expressed her delight with the participation. “The children’s artwork are wonderful expressions of how they feel about the communities they live in,” said Valenciano. “It was especially fun for us to see what their ideas are for the future of our island, and we plan to use the artwork as part of the feedback for the General Plan update.”

The winning entries will be included in the actual General Plan update.

The grand prize winner Zixin He, a fourth grade student at Kapa’a Elementary School, was presented her award by Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. at the recent Mayor-a-thon. Her prize package included a certificate and a bicycle donated by Kaua’i Path.

Aljhay Flores, a fourth grade student at King Kaumuali’i Elementary School and first runner up, was also recognized at the Mayor-a-thon with a certificate.
The other winners included Aaliyah Cadiente-Numazawa, second runner up, Wilcox Elementary School, fourth grade, and Sisilia Koli, honorable mention, Kīlauea Elementary School, first grade.


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