The Young Messengers of Hawaii

The Hawaii: Next 50 Contest challenges local youth to become stakeholders in our state's future by considering what we can do to make Hawaii the best place to live, work, and play.

All Hawaii students in Grades 4 - 12 are invited to present their vision for the future Hawaii through an essay, poster, or video submission. As part of Hawaii: Next 50, all entrants will receive a copy of former Governor George R. Ariyoshi’s book, Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years (Watermark Publishing, 2009).

Winning entries will be awarded prizes and appear on

2017 winners are:

·   Eliana Sueoka, Aina Haina Elementary School, Grades 4-5 Essay

·   Kye Steele, Governor Samuel Wilder King Intermediate School, Grades 6-8 Essay

·   Robert Dempsey, Kealakehe High School, Grades 9-12 Essay

·   Kershylle Alivio, Maemae Elementary School, Grades 4-5 Poster

·   Remy Kubota, Highlands Intermediate School, Grades 6-8 Poster

·   Aiyann Bennion, Kahuku High School, Grades 9-12 Video

The Hawaii: Next 50 Contest is a collaboration of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, Hawaii Future Caucus, and aio Foundation.