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Sanctuary Holds 2008 Ocean Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest

February 2008 was Humpback Whale Awareness Month in Hawai`i and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary held a special Ocean Contest. The Ocean Contest offered students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade an opportunity to show how they feel about Hawai`i’s humpback whales and the ocean.  Enthusiastic students from around the state submitted art, essays, and poetry.

Ocean Contest entries on display at Hanauma Bay
Ocean Contest entries displayed on wall at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Kevin Brammer

All entries were displayed at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve education alcove, on the island of O`ahu, for public viewing throughout the month of February.  The contest entries were judged by the public following a special whale month lecture at Hanauma Bay.   Art contest winners were selected for each grade and overall winners were selected for essay and poetry entries.

Ocean Contest Winners at Hanauma Bay Awards Ceremony
Photo of Ocean Contest winners
Kevin Brammer

Winners received award certificates and great prizes during a special awards presentation that was held at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve theater on February 28, 2008.  Winners that were unable to attend received their prize packages by mail. Also, in Kona, a separate awards ceremony was held for winning entries from that area.

Winners from Junior Girl Scout Troop #425
based out of Kahakai Elementary School
Photo of Ocean Contest Winners from Kona
Rosanne Shank, Troop Leader

Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 Ocean Contest!


View art from 2008 Ocean Contest

View poems and essays from 2008 Ocean Contest


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