HONOLULU – The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) is now accepting entries for its 2011 Water Conservation Week Poster and Poetry Contest. These annual contests aid Oahu educators in teaching water conservation to Oahu's youth and encourage students to lead the community in water sustainability.
The poster contest is open to Oahu students in grades K-6, while the poetry contest is open to Oahu students in grades 7-12. This year's contest theme is "Me He Ahupua'a - Mai Uka I Kai, E Malama Wai" (As an Ahupua'a – from Mountain to Sea, Conserve Water). It encourages students to learn about the ancient Hawaiian ahupua'a system, and apply its water conservation principles to modern times to build a more sustainable society.
Students entering the poster contest should submit one original piece of artwork that relates to the theme on a 12 x 18-inch sheet of paper. Any art medium can be used except chalk, charcoal, and oil-based crayons.
Students entering the poetry contest should submit one original poem, typed on a standard 8 ½ x 11-inch letter size paper. The poem must be 150 words or less and no longer than 20 lines. Any form of poetry is acceptable.
Entries must be submitted with a completed entry form by March 16, 2011 to the Board of Water Supply Communications Office at 630 South Beretania Street or to any Satellite City Hall on Oahu during normal business hours. The contest entry form, complete contest rules, and additional information – such as ahupua'a related educational materials and games – are available online at www.boardofwatersupply.com or can be obtained by contacting the BWS Communications Office at 748-5041 or by email at email@example.com.
The winning and honorable mention posters and poems will be showcased at different venues across the island in 2011, as well as featured in the 2012 Water Conservation Calendar, which will be made available to the public at the end of the year. The winning students will also be awarded a U.S. Savings Bond.