2021 Youth art Contest Voting

Children ages 5 to 18 submitted their artwork showcasing their interpretations of what makes the areas of Kalaupapa, Halawa, Hoʻolehua, and Maunaloa so special to them. 

Congratulations to our Winners!

_IHC Art Contest Winners

#1 The Waterfall
by Eli Ritte

#3 Grandma Ellie
by Azrah Ka‘iwa Abafo

#5 Poe Hawai‘i
by Ku‘umili Albino

#10 Untitled
by Kawahine‘ilikea Naehu

#43 Ke Alanui
by Healohameleleinahoku Merino

#47 Aloha Halawa
by Olapaholunape Duvauchelle

#45 Untitled
by ‘Auli‘i WF Kawā‘auhau

#49 Kalaupapa Peninsula
by Ka‘u‘iloaokalanai Wright-Jordan

#50 Ka Hu‘a Halia Aloha
by Mili Nanea Bicoy

#52 Halawa
by Kahula Kahokuloa

5-7 Division

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The Waterfall

by Eli Ritte

Area Depicted: Halawa

My dad works for the Nature Conservancy and when I look at the mountain and waterfall I think of him. He looks at the trees to see if they’re healthy and I feel good because he’s taking care of Molokai.

2
Celebrating My Brother’s Birthday at Puko‘o

by Abigail Childs

Area Depicted: Halawa

For my brothers 11th birthday (Judah) we went to the beach. He got to invite his best friend Eha and the Carney Ohana joined us. It was so much fun to play in the water, explore the tunnel, and climb the trees on the beach. We even went out to jump off the rocks. It was a great day!

3
Grandma Ellie

by Azrah Ka‘iwa Abafo

Area Depicted: Maunaloa

I love to visit my Grandma Ellie at her house in Maunaloa (and my Papa Ran). We drive up in our truck and I hug my grandma. Then I like to ride my Hover board around.

8-11 Division

Kalaupapa

4
Ka Hale Kukui

by Maluhia Ignacio

Area Depicted: Kalaupapa

Noho wau koko o Kalaupapa ame hana ko‘u lepersie ma kena wahi.

5
Poe Hawai‘i

by Ku‘umili Albino

Area Depicted: Kalaupapa

Ua koho i kela wahiau o ka me aua hele i kela no kahakai. He wahi ku i ka wa no ka me aua no lua o ma poe Hawaii ma.

6
Untitled

 by Lono Maioho

Area Depicted: Kalaupapa

Ua Koho au I ke ahupua‘a ‘o Kalaupapa. Ua koho au ia kalaupapa no ka mea he wahi pili ‘ohana ‘o Kalaupapa I ko‘u ‘ohana. E ha‘I ana au ia ‘oe I ke kumu I koho ia au I ka ahupua‘a ‘o Kalaupapa. He mea nui keia wahi ‘o Kalaupapa I ko‘u ‘ohana no ka mea ‘o Kalaupapa ka wahi I kanu ‘ia ai kekahi o ko‘u mau kupuna. Ma ka ‘ao‘ao ‘o ko‘u makuahine (ka ‘ao‘ao Lima) au kanu ‘ia ko’u kupuna kauha ‘o Zelie Bal, ua male ‘o ia I ka Lima mua o Hawai‘i. Ma ka ‘ao‘ao o ko‘u makuakane ua kanu ‘ia ‘eha o ko‘u mau kupuna ma Kalaupapa. ‘O Kamaka Nahulu, ‘o William Rice, ‘o William Maioho a me Lilian Maioho Rice ko lakou mau inoa. He mau palala a he tita ‘o Lilian Maioho Rice a me William Maioho. ‘O William Rice ke kane o Lilian Maioho Rice a ‘o Kamaka Nahulu ko‘u kupuna kauaha ma ka ‘ao‘ao Nahulu o ko‘u ‘ohana. Ua pono ka hapa nui o ko‘u mau kupana e noho ma Kalaupapa no ka mea ‘o ia ka wa I loa‘a ai ka ma‘i lepera. ‘O ia ke kumu I nui ke aloha ia Kalaupapa ma ko‘u ‘ohana. Mahalo!

Halawa

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Halawa

by Kili‘ohu Farm

Area Depicted: Halawa

8
Malama Ka ‘Aina E Malama Ka ‘Ohana

by Kulea N Ignacio

Area Depicted: Halawa

Halawa is special to me because my kupuna lived there. My family started looking up my mo‘oku‘auhau and found that we have land in Halawa. We started going there last year and cleared out the land. We learned about the ‘auwai and started to plant kalo when everything was clean. Our ‘ohana goes down on the weekend to clean and harvest when the kalo is ready. We made poi for our ‘ohana and gave to friends and neighbors. It is a fun place to be work in the lo‘I with my ‘ohana and play in the river after with my cousins. When we malama the ‘aina we can feed our family.

9
Untitled

by Kapono Wright-Purdy

Area Depicted: Halawa

Halawa is a special place to me because there is a lots of stuff me and my ‘ohana can do from the mountains to the sea. In the morning we can hunt deer and pig, hike to the falls, catch prawns, pick fruits and work in the lo‘i. In and by the ocean we can fish, dive, surf, swim, and camp with my ‘ohana. Aloha ‘au ‘I Halawa.

10
Untitled

by Kawahine‘ilikea Naehu

Area Depicted: Halawa

He wahi ko‘iko‘i ‘o Hālawa I ko‘u ‘ohana no ka mean oho au ma ke ahupua‘a ‘o Honouliwai a kokoke loa mākou i Hālawa. He wahi waiwai ‘o Hālawa, no ka mea i ka wā kahiko ua hilihili ka ‘āina I Laila me na lo‘i kalo. ‘Oiai ‘a‘ole loa‘a I nā lo‘i he nui ma‘ō, ua mau ka waiwai ‘o Hālawa. Ke hele ko‘u ‘ohana i Hālawa makemake mākou e ‘au kai, e he‘enalu, e hana I nā pikiniki a me hana I nā mea ho‘ole‘ale‘a. Mana’olana au, I ka wā ma hope, hiki ia‘u ke ‘ike I ka nani ‘o Hālawa e like me ka wā kahiko.

11
Halawa

by Kahekili McVay

Area Depicted: Halawa

He wahi hoihoi ‘o Halawa no‘u. Hele ko‘u ‘ohana i Halawa e hana ma ka lo‘i. A hele māua ‘o ko‘u hoahānau i ka wailele ‘o Mo‘oula. Makemake au e lele mai ka uapo aku. I kekahi pō ua hele ma ke ka‘a ‘ehā huwila. A makemake au i ke kaha nalu ‘ana ma ka hono ‘o Halawa.

12
Halawa Valley

by Kanilea Kahokuloa

Area Depicted: Halawa

Halawa is special because I like to surf, play, jump off the Halawa Bridge and hike to the falls to swim. Halawa is so much fun.

13
Halawa Valley

by Kaipu Kahokuloa

Area Depicted: Halawa

Halawa is special to me because it’s peaceful, has nig waves to surf, many fish to catch, see people I know and love, and a getaway from the world. I can also see and spend time with Bristol.

14
Mo‘o‘ula ma Halawa

by Hineokahāloa Pastrana

Area Depicted: Halawa

‘O kē ia wahi special iā ia‘u no ka mea noho ko‘u kupuna ma‘ō.

15
Ka wai lele ‘o Halawa!

by Kauluwai Yamashita

Area Depicted: Halawa

I chose Halawa because it’s so beautiful and there’s so many fish. And it’s special to me because I caught my first three moe there.

16
Untitled

by Xaria-Jordyn Bicoy

Area Depicted: Halawa

Halawa is so special because it is a beautiful place.

17
Mo‘oula

by Serenity Kapilipa‘a Solotario

Area Depicted: Halawa

No ka mea loa‘a ka wailele a kaikawa a noho ko‘u papa ame tutu wahine.

18
Halawa

by Kalena Luafalemana-Haney

Area Depicted: Halawa

Aloha au i Hālawa no ka mean ani ‘o hālawa he wahi hiki ke au‘au ma hālawa a me hiki ke pa‘ani ame hiki ke papa he‘e nalu a na ike au i ka lā ma ka kakahiaka a nani loa a na ike a i ka i‘a.

19
Untitled

by Kana‘i Kapuni

Area Depicted: Halawa

Hiki au e paani wai ma Halawa me kou hoaaloha. A paani ma ka moku. A paani ka kipuwai.

20
Mo‘o‘ula

by Hahani Pastrana

Area Depicted: Halawa

Ua koho au Hālawa no kamea nani ma‘o ‘e ma‘e.

21
Untitled

by Waihelani Puaa-Smith

Area Depicted: Halawa

Paani maka wailele. Paani wai auau mai.

22
untitled

by London Davis

Area Depicted: Halawa

I chose Halawa because that’s my favorite beach. I think Halawa is special because there’s a beautiful water fall coming down and my cousins b-day.

23
Untitled

by Kanoa Dayton

Area Depicted: Halawa

I ko‘u punahele ma halawa. Paani ka ia me paani o na ko‘u punahele au‘au kai hiki ke ka‘i‘ali‘ili‘i. Hiki ke ike ka wai lele na me ama i ka i lo‘a. Ua ke ha wailele ua no na‘au i ka i‘a maika‘i.

24
Halawa

by Poliahu Navares

Area Depicted: Halawa

Aloha au i Hālawa no ka mean ani ‘o Hālawa he wahi hiki ke‘au‘au ma Hālawa a me hiki ke pa‘ani a me hiki ke papa he‘e nalu a ua ike au i ka lā ma ke kahi a ka nani loa.

25
Untitled

by Zoey Place

Area Depicted: Halawa

26
Halawa Valley

by Emma June Parish

Area Depicted: Halawa

I got inspiration from looking at the picture of Halawa I drew the mountains , the sand, and the bay. I like it and I hope you do too. I tried to make it. I think I over painted some spots. I like it and I hope you like it too.

Ho‘olehua

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Ho‘olehua na Kairangi Arinoki

by Kairangi Arinoki

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

He wahi maika‘i loa ‘o Kualapu‘u ma Ho‘olehua. He ko‘iko‘i ia‘u no ka mean oho ko‘u ohana ma ‘ō. He maika‘i loa no ka mea he le‘ale‘a pū ka pā‘ani ‘ana me k‘u mau hoa. Aia pū e noho nei ko‘u kula ‘o Kualapu‘u ma ia ‘āina.

28
Untitled

by Kahala‘i Alcon

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Ho‘olehua is a special place to me because it is where I was raised. It is not only where I was raised but my mom was raised in Hoʻolehua and my brother was raised here, and now he’s raising his kids here. Ho‘olehua is like my dreams in a reality.

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Untitled

by Ryan Shain “Iki” Kanealii

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

He wahi waiwai ‘o Kualapuu ma Ho’olehua. ‘O kekahi mea waiwai, aia ko‘u kula ma ia ‘āina. Ma Kualapu‘u no ko‘u ‘anakē a me ko‘u mau hoahānau. Aia ke kula o Pūnana Leo ma Ho‘olehua, kahi e hele kula ai ko‘u kaikaina.

30
Untitled

by Kekama‘ea Lee-Weeks

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Waiwai ‘o Ho‘olehua ia‘u no ka mean oho ko‘u ‘ohana I ka ‘āina ho‘opulapula. Hiki iā mākou ke hele I Mo‘omomi a e hopu ia I ka i‘a no ka ‘ohana. I kekahi lā ua pau ko mākou hale I ke ahi a ua minamina ho‘i ka ‘ohana.

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Waiwai ‘O Ho‘olehua na Ku‘uhani

By Ku‘uhani Kaiama-Kanuha

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

He wahi waiwai ‘o Ho‘olehua no ka me aua noho ko‘u kupunakāne ma ia ‘āina ho‘opulapula no nā makahiki lō‘ihi. Nui nā mo‘olelo waiwai o Ho‘olehua. Waiwai ‘o Ho‘olehua no ka mea hiki ia‘u ka hele ma ka ulalā‘au no ka pā‘ani ‘ana. Hiki iā maua ‘o kou kaikunāne ke alualu kia a ‘imi i ka ‘ai no ka ohana.

32
Ke Kahaki‘i o Ho‘olehua

by I‘a Rawlins-Fernandez

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Ua koho au iā Ho‘olehua no ka me aua kūkulu ko‘u kūpunakāne i kekahi māla‘ai nui i Laila. Ulu ka mai‘a, ke kalo, ka hē‘ī a me ka kuawa i ka ‘aina ho‘opulapula o ko‘u ‘ohana. He wahi waiwai loa ia ‘āina i ku‘u ‘ohana.

33
Ho‘olehua

by Heanu Tangonan

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

He wahi ko‘iko‘i ‘o Ho‘olehua no ko‘u ‘ohana no ka mea aia ko mākou ‘āina ho‘opulapula ma ‘ō. He wahi le‘ale‘a ‘o Ho‘olehua no ka mea aia ko‘u mau hoahānau ma ka ‘āina ho‘opulapula a hiki ia‘u ke pā‘ani i nā kemu like ‘ole a hiki ke holo paikikala. He wahi maika‘i pū no ka mea hiki i ko‘ū tūtū ke a‘o mai pehea e kanu ai i nā mea kanu like ‘ole e like me nā pua, ka mea‘ai a me nā mea ‘ē a‘e. He wahi nui o ka ua eia na‘e i nā lani hiki ke holo ma nā wahi like ‘ole a le‘ale‘a a hiki ke pā‘ani pū me nā ‘īlio. Loa‘a nā holoholona he nui, ‘o ‘īlio ‘oe, ‘o ka pua‘a li‘ili‘i ‘oa, ‘o ka lapaki ‘oe, ‘o ka honu ‘oe. Aloha au iā Ho‘olehua!

34
Pu‘upe‘elua Ave

by Kaleonahenahe Hoopi‘i Gutierres

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Because I live there and I love that place there is Pu‘upe‘elua and is a nani place. But there’s a lot of rain and wind. But all of the trees and plants growing and that is good. I love my farm and Hoolehua, there is so much Pu‘upe‘elua.

35
Le‘ale‘a

by Ka‘alelauloa Peltier-Yaw

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

No kamea mahalo ko‘u home ame ha kia pu. No i ka mea nahilo.

36
Ka Pu‘u Pe‘elua a Moloka‘i

by Lehua Rawlins-Calairo

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Ua i loho au i Ho‘olehua no ka mo‘olelo o ka pu‘upe‘elua.

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Wahi le‘ale‘a ‘o Mo‘omomi

by Kapuawehiwa Pua‘a-Gonzalez

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

No ka mea he aina pulapula a he aina nani loa. Noho au ma Laila loa‘a na po‘e maika‘i maika mua a‘i ka hope He mau kia amen a ‘īlio he nui ma‘o. He mo‘olelo e pili i ka pe‘elua. He mau po‘e maika‘i no ka mea ha‘awi mākou a pau i maupopo ai ina mea ‘ai. He mau holoholo na ma ka wahi noho ana ‘ai. He wahi kupono ma Ho‘olehua.

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Ka Pe‘elua O Ho‘olehua

by Gioia “Kui” Joy

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

It is so special because Ho‘olehua is my home by the Pu‘upe‘elua cave. My home is a farm at Ho‘olehua.

39
Hale Hou

by Hinemoa Arinoki

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Because I live there and my dad built his first house there.

40
Home ame lapo‘o‘o kala ame lā me kanu

by Tepoe Dudoit

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Ho‘olehua ma ka kui kawa no ka mea ua noho amen ani na lā a me na kala amen a lapo‘o‘o kala ma nani loa. Na la ‘oihi na la polu nani loa a me mai ka‘i i ke kanu ua kanu ka pua a me no niu a me nui na kiai. Mahalo.

41
Untitled

by Lehuanani Pelekai

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

Hana au i ka pohina‘i me ko‘u papa me pa‘ani au me ko‘u īlio ma Ho‘olehua.

42
Ku‘u home Pumehana

by Wainani Keohuloa

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

No ka mea hiki ke hele ‘au‘au, holoholo, kia lawai‘a, kukulu ki‘i na pu‘u ma ke kai mahiai, po peku pa‘akai mau‘u wai. Pa‘ani pi‘i na pohaku like ‘ole na mea like ‘ole a lele a noho wau ma‘anei a pa‘ani na mea like ‘ole.

43
Ke Alanui

by Healohameleleinahoku Merino

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

This is the road I travel to school on, the norfolk trees on the side are really tall and it feels like we are going to the forest.

44
Untitled

by Ku‘u Benjamin

Area Depicted: Ho‘olehua

He wahi maka‘i loa o Kualapu‘u ma Ho‘olehua. A hele Wau I keia kula no ‘ehiku makahiki a aia au ma ka papa 5. Ua a‘o makou I na mo‘olelo kupaianaha o ia ‘aina. He 54 makahiki ke kula. ‘O Mrs. Trinidad ke po‘okumu o ke kula ‘o kualapu‘u. Ua hana ‘o ia ma ke kula no 25 makahiki.

Maunaloa

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Untitled

by ‘Auli‘i WF Kawā‘auhau

Area Depicted: Maunaloa

Aloha au iā Maunaloa no ka mea loa‘a kekahi mau wahi nani.

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Na hoahanau

by Kaikena Rawlins-Fernandez

Area Depicted: Maunaloa

He mea special no ua mea ko‘u hoahanau e noho ma‘o a hiki ‘au e pa‘ani ma‘o me ko‘u hoahanau a loa‘a kekahi pēpē tita a me nui na pa‘ala.

12-15 Division

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Aloha Halawa

by Olapaholunape Duvauchelle

Area Depicted: Halawa

Halawa has a special feeling that you can’t describe with words. Every time I visit the valled, I’m always astonished by the history and visual of the place. My artwork represents the love and aloha that seeps into the aina. The hands represent us Hawaiians, protecting it because it’s like a fragile gem. Because I can’t describe it with words, I drew it instead.

48
Untitled

by Kamele Wright-Purdy

Area Depicted: Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa is a special place because my papa, Paul Nihipalis family owned land their before leprosy happened. And my great papa, Joanito Pico Sr worked there for many years and shared great memorys he experienced there. Also if you look in my drawing it has a little island called moka Pu where my mom often goes there by helicopter for work, she collects seeds, out plants, and cares for rare Hawaiian native plants like Alula. One day when I turn 18 I hope to visit this very special place called Kalaupapa.

49
Kalaupapa Peninsula

by Ka‘u‘iloaokalanai Wright-Jordan

Area Depicted: Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa is so special to me because my great grand aunt Olivia was a patient down in Kalaupapa and her and her husband owned a big chicken farm which supplied the community in Kalaupapa. My dad also works down Kalaupapa he is a chef and cooks for the patients.

16-18 Division

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Ka Hu‘a Halia Aloha (cherished memory bubbles)

by Mili Nanea Bicoy

Area Depicted: Maunaloa

Maunaloa is special to me because of my gramma. When I was younger I would visit my grandparents house and we would play computer games, walk the dogs and play in her yard. I even remember blowing bubbles on her porch, waiting for her to come home.

51
Halawa Culture

by Kamele Kahokuloa

Area Depicted: Halawa

I chose Halawa because I can go and learn my Hawaiian culture and what Halawa was like before I was born. It also helps me to appreciate the land and the people I love more.

52
Halawa

by Kahula Kahokuloa

Area Depicted: Halawa

Halawa is special to me because me and my ohana, close family friends makes so many memories in the valley, whether it’s surfing, hunting, fishing, aina work. The main thing I love about Halawa is because the aina give and you may receive but you also wanna give back to the aina and the people.