About the Contest

The Hawaii: Next 50 Contest was inspired by former Governor George Ariyoshi's book, Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years, which provided a retrospective look into our islands' history as a state and prompts the next generation to think about what social, cultural, and economic roads we can take to keep Hawaii moving forward in the next century.

This year the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest is being sponsored by the Hawaii State House of Representatives, aio Foundation, and the Hawaii Future Caucus.

State Rep. Sean Quinlan appeared on KHON2 to talk about the contest.

Hawaii: Next 50 Contest

Download the Contest Info Sheet

WHO: Students enrolled in grades 4–12 are eligible to enter.

WHAT: Students are asked to read Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years and respond to the question, "What can we do to promote the healthy Hawaii we want to see in the next 50 years?"

Think about the physical, mental, or environmental health issues that matter most to you and your community and propose some creative and innovative solutions.

Submissions will be accepted in two categories: essay or multimedia (e.g. drawing, painting, other art piece, video, etc.)

Free copies of Hawaii: The Past Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years are available by request at www.HawaiiNext50.com.

WHEN: ‚ÄčAll entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2018. Winners to be announced in March 2018.

WHY: To challenge the up-and-coming generation to become stakeholders in shaping our future. Prizes include:

  • Floor presentation at the Hawaii State Capitol
  • Luncheon with state legislators
  • Monetary prize
  • Winning entry published online