(HawaiiNewsNow) - Irene Yamashita, a video production teacher at Kainalu Elementary School, took home the grand prize – one year of free gas valued at $2600 – in Aloha Petroleum's first ever "Capturing Aloha Video Contest." Yamashita's video was one of 27 entries in the online contest that called for participants to describe the meaning of Aloha in 30-60 second videos.
The top ten videos with the most votes were reviewed by a panel of judges that included surf photographer Zak Noyle.
Yamashita's video portrayed children in various countries passing a paper airplane to each other that unfolded to reveal the word for love and peace in different languages, with Aloha Maluhia and Hawaii featured last. The video ended with the message: "No matter where you are or what language you speak, you should always spread love and peace."
Yamashita made the video with her students for a class project, and, after hearing about the competition, felt it fit the contest perfectly.
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