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Department of Water Supply Announces Winners of 2nd Annual Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest

by Thunda

The Department of Water Supply (DWS), County of Hawai‘i, has selected the top artworks from the nearly 500 posters Hawai‘i Island schoolchildren entered earlier this year in its 2nd Annual Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest.

Public and private school students attending kindergarten through fifth grade were invited to enter the free contest promoting the theme “Conserve to Preserve.” Three DWS judges evaluated the posters based on originality, visual artistry, and depiction of the contest theme.

The DWS thanks all the students and their teachers for showcasing the importance of conserving our island’s finite supply of safe drinking water. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the typical in-person award ceremony will not occur this year. Instead, recognitions were mailed to the winners and runners-up. The top posters and other entries can be viewed under the “Community” tab on the Department’s website, www.hawaiidws.org/.

Congratulations to the following young artists for their outstanding entries:

First Grade:
1st Place: Ayano Noguchi                          2nd Place: Maxine Santos
Waiākeawaena Elementary School           Waiākeawaena Elementary School
Teacher: Ms. Kahanu Nguyen                     Teacher: Ms. Kahanu Nguyen
Second Grade:
1st Place: Zavier Timbresa                        2nd Place: Serenity Parks
Kea‘au Elementary School                          Kea‘au Elementary School
Teacher: Ms. Melissa Watanabe               Teacher: Ms. Crystal Motomura
Third Grade:
1st Place: Rylee Honda                              2nd Place: Quinnie Toloumu
Waiākea Elementary School                      Kea‘au Elementary School
Teacher: Ms. Kathy Tsugawa                    Teacher: Ms. Kelly Yoshioka
Fourth Grade:
1st Place: Grant Madamba                       2nd Place: Cole Aragaki
Kea‘au Elementary School                         Waiākeawaena Elementary School
Teacher: Ms. Lori Cabalar                         Teacher: Ms. Emma Chong
Fifth Grade:
1st Place: Kawehi Jouppi                          2nd Place: Camryn Yamanaka
Waiākeawaena Elementary School          Waiākeawaena Elementary School
Teachers: Ms. Tabbrie Machado,             Teacher: Mr. Lane Matsuura
Ms. Naomi Calistro

Note: No posters were entered in the kindergarten category.

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