The Department of Water Supply’s 5th Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest drew 889 entries from over 30 public, private and home schools countywide. This is more than double the number of entrants in 2013. Students portrayed the theme “E Malama I Ka Wai” (Preserve and Care for the Water) and included a water conservation message in their artwork. The goal of the contest is to educate MauiCounty’s youth on the importance of water conservation and to encourage them to take an active role in ensuring the sustainability of our islands’ water supply.
The contest entries were evaluated based on water conservation message, originality, and visual effectiveness. The top three winners in each grade category receive $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third place. In addition, Honorable Mention winners receive $15. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be featured in the 2015 DWS Water Conservation Calendar, on the county website at www.mauiwater.org, and will also be honored on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s office. The posters will be on display in April at the Department of Water Supply on the 5th floor of the Kalana O Maui Building in Wailuku.
The judges were Randy Hufford, professional photographer; Pomaika’i Kaniaupio-Crozier, Pu’u Kukui Watershed Partnership Director; and Marti Buckner, Water Resource Planner.