The winners of the 2017 Eddie Aikau Essay Contest are as follows. We would like to thank all of the students who participated, from the both the private and public schools, totalling over 200 complete essays which were judged on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Elks Club Lodge in Waikiki.

 

Grade Place Student Teacher School
7
1st
Paige Petty
Karen Kutsunai
Kailua Intermediate
2nd
Tyler Nauta
Karen Kutsunai
Kailua Intermediate
3rd
Jake Graham
Karen Kutsunai
Kailua Intermediate
Honorable Mention
Angele Seltmann
Karen Kutsunai
Kailua Intermediate
Honorable Mention
Shyo Valdez
Karen Kutsunai
Kailua Intermediate
8
1st
Olivia Rose
Julie Camarillo
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
2nd
Ka'iulani Bento
Julie Camarillo
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
3rd
Caden Wheeler
Mary Anna Grimes
Sacred Hearts School - Maui
Honorable Mention
Trisha Vann
Mary Anna Grimes
Sacred Hearts School - Maui
Honorable Mention
Alexis Nordblom
Mary Anna Grimes
Sacred Hearts School - Maui
9
1st
Kaipohiwahiwa Nagata
Candace Sandstrom
Ke Kula Kaiapuni 'o Anuenue
2nd
Nahenahe Kalauli
Candace Sandstrom
Ke Kula Kaiapuni 'o Anuenue
3rd
Avery Britt
Ava Limoz
Pearl City High School
Honorable Mention
Kaleikaumaka Gaspar
Candace Sandstrom
Ke Kula Kaiapuni 'o Anuenue
Honorable Mention
Hiehie Caceres
Candace Sandstrom
Ke Kula Kaiapuni 'o Anuenue
10
1st
Zenan Li
Joseph Porec
Pearl City High School
2nd
Ji Won In
Renee Young-Chan
Kalani High School
3rd
Isaiah Lincoln-King
Joseph Porec
Pearl City High School
 
Honorable Mention
Mark Yago
Joseph Porec
Pearl City High School
 
Honorable Mention
Rheyna-Lynn Foronda-Caldetera
Joseph Porec
Pearl City High School
    Hawaiian Language Category    
  1st Kahau'olilani Keli'ikuli (9th Grade) Pa'ani Kelson Ke Kula o Nawahiokalaniopu'u
  2nd Lele Krug (7th Grade) Puhi Adams & piilani Kumaewa Ke Kula Kaiapuni 'o anuenue
  3rd Aiponokamoku Valente (9th Grade) Pa'ani Kelson Ke Kula o Nawahiokalaniopu'u
  Honorable Mention Lilinoe Ahia (9th Grade) Pa'ani Kelson Ke Kula o Nawahiokalaniopu'u
  Honorable Mention Makanalani Kraus (9th Grade) Pa'ani Kelson Ke Kula o Nawahiokalaniopu'u