The Haiku Hoolaulea and Flower Festival’s new poetry contest, “My Maui” for the 2021-2022 school year is now open for submissions from September 1-29, 2021. The contest is presented by the Haiku Community Association and is open for students on Maui from grades K-12. Public, private and homeschool students are invited to submit poems with the theme ‘What makes Maui home to them.’ 

HCA is hoping that this annual contest will inspire students to think creatively about their beautiful island home, while learning more about poetry. Reading and hearing each other’s poems will be a wonderful part of this. With a grant from the Maui County Office of Economic Development, HCA is proud to still be able to offer an outlet for creative thinking and community connections without being in person for our annual Haiku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival. The insights that the Maui keiki have about their island home, what it means to them, and how they connect to it will bring a fresh outlook to this place we all call home. 

There will be two categories to enter in, “rhymed poems” or “free verse”. Grade Divisions are as follows: Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12. Prizes from local vendors will be awarded to winners and runners up from each division. 

For more information about the contest, please call 808-385-3176 or visit haikumaui.org or haikuhoolaulea.org. You may also emails us haikucommunitypm@gmail.com for questions or to submit any entries.