Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest begins

| January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments
2018 Memorial Day Poster Contest.

2018 Memorial Day Poster Contest.

HONOLULU — An annual tradition showcasing our talented keiki artists, and inspiring our community to show their gratitude for those who died in defense of our country, has begun!

The 2019 Mayor’s Memorial Day Poster Contest is now open, with the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation accepting submittals through Tuesday, February 26. A panel of three judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in three age groups categories, grades: K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th.

This contest is open to all students statewide, who are in public, private, charter schools, or are home-schooled. Students may enter through their schools or individually.

The theme for the contest is “Sew a Lei for Memorial Day,” where students are challenged to depict a scene honoring and remembering those who have served our country. Those depictions may include scenes of collecting flowers, lei sewing, military service, or military or memorial ceremonies.

Winning posters will receive certificates from Mayor Kirk Caldwell and have their artwork displayed at Honolulu Hale and Kapolei Hale. The 1st place winners will have their artwork made into posters to be distributed statewide and publically displayed for the month of May.

Those posters will serve as a call for donors and volunteers to contribute their time, flowers, and skills towards the making of 38,000 lei that are needed to adorn each gravesite at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (“Punchbowl” or Pūowaina) for the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27.

“This will be the 70th year the City and County of Honolulu is hosting the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pūowaina, and we are so honored to organize this annual remembrance,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa. “The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific opened in 1949, and the City and County of Honolulu, as well as schools and various military and community organizations, made a solemn commitment to ensure a fresh flower lei and an American flag is placed at each gravesite at Punchbowl on Memorial Day. This poster contest kicks off our efforts to encourage community participation, and for families and educators, to use this time to teach the history of Memorial Day to our keiki and students. We hope students statewide will take pride in contributing to this unique display of ‘mahalo and aloha’ for our heroes – our servicemen and servicewomen laid to rest at Punchbowl.”

There are several opportunities for the community to be involved in the preparations for the Memorial Day Ceremony. Please visit for more information and for a flyer containing an entry form and additional information about the poster contest. You can also view the winning entries from last year’s contest.

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