Poetry contest

‘My Maui’ poetry contest kicks off for all K-12 students

September 6, 2021, 3:37 PM HST
* Updated September 6 at 12:52 p.m.

the Haʻikū Hoʻolauleʻa and the Flower Festival, as well as the The Haʻikū Community Association is opening entries for its poetry contest. Courtesy of HCA.

The new 2021-2022 Haʻikū Hoʻolauleʻa and Flower Festival Poetry Contest “My Maui” is now open for submissions September 1-29, 2021. The contest is presented by the Haʻikū Community Association and is open to Maui students starting in kindergarten . -12.

Public, private and homeschool students are invited to submit poems on the theme of “What Makes Maui Their Home”.

HCA said they hope this annual contest will inspire students to think creatively about their beautiful island while learning more about poetry. Reading and hearing each other’s poems will be a wonderful part of it.

Thanks to a grant from the Maui County Office of Economic Development, HCA is able to provide an outlet for creative thinking and community connections without being in person for the annual meeting.

Haʻikū Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival.

The insights Maui keiki have about their home island, what it means to them and how they connect to it will bring a new perspective to this place we all call home, HCA said in a public statement.


There will be two categories to enter, “rhyming poems” or “free verse”.


The grade divisions are as follows:

  • Kindergarten – 2nd grade
  • From 3rd to 5th year
  • From 5th to 8th grade
  • 9th to 10th grade
  • 11th to 12th grade

Local vendor prizes will be awarded to the winners and runners-up in each division.

For more information about the contest, please call 808-385-3176 or visit haikumaui.org or haikuhoolaulea.org. You can also email [email protected] for any questions or to submit applications.