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  Wednesday April 15. 2009   March 21, 2009 Maui Culture & Arts Day


March 21, 2009 Maui Culture & Arts Day
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Aloha from The Maui County Sister Cities Foundation! 

Maui County Sister Cities Foundation
2009 Young Artist Showcase

 Maui County Sister Cities Youth Art Showcase 2009. "Your Path to Peace" was this years theme. The winner will be announced on March 21st at the Maui Culture & Arts Day Festival

Congratulations to Shen Kai Gandolfo
Winner of Art Showcase
The winning Maui artist  received $300 from the Maui County Sisters Cities Foundation. The art now is entered into the International competition. Good Luck to Shen.

Top Left Photography - Our winning Entry
Shen Kai Gandolfo "Cocoa at Keokea"

"Drinking this hot cup of cocoa, while sitting on a bench in Keokea, let me think peaceful thoughts. It made me think of what the world would be like if everyone were shooting pictures instead of shooting people. So I decided to take a picture of this inspiring cup of cocoa that lead me to think of peace."  Haleakala Waldorf School. Photograph. Age 14 (birthday on day of event) 

Top Right Digital Illustration
Elliot Wilson Cost "Convergence"

"With our world's population constantly growing, it's important to reflect on how we can better achieve between each other. I was inspired to create this piece because of my belief that with acceptance and convergence of all cultures, ethnicities, and religions, our world can be more harmonious."
Seabury Hall. Digital Art. Age 17.

Bottom Left Pencil Drawing - Special Judges Award
Kayleena Blas "Peace Around the World"

"The fact that people are running a contest for kids to read up on peace by showing and drawing about what our meaning of peace is. It really made me think about how I define peace." Iao Intermediate School. Colored Pencil. Age 13

Bottom Right Pencil Drawing
Matthew M. Avam "Road to a Better World"

"What inspired me to do this artwork was our own world. Since our world was going down in the economy, I just wanted to make a drawing about something that was good. So that is what inspired me to do this drawing, entitled a Road to a Better World.".  Maui Waena Intermediate School. Colored Pencil. Age 13.

 At Hawai‘i Nature Center on Saturday, March 21st, all Maui entries in the Sister Cities International Young Artists Showcase, “Your Path to Peace,” were displayed. Entries are original works submitted by 13-18 year old student artists in a variety of media.

"Kam5 B-Day by Tavo. Picture presented to Kayleena Blas as special judges award.The contest judges: This year we were honored to have two fine art painters, Davo "Tavo" and Pamela Neswald as judges. Davo is a dynamic artist whose personality shows in his art. He is represented by Images Fine Art Gallery in Lahaina. Pamela Neswald besides finding time to paint her favorite topic of women surfing, she is the owner of Upcounty Fine Art Supplies and Gallery in Makawao. In additon and in a true gesture of generousity, Davo has donated on of his paintings, "Kam 5 B-Day" was awarded as a special prize to Kayleena Blas.


A special thanks to Sean Ribucan and family for making the award winning Fundraiser Chili at our foundation's event. A special thanks to the Maui County Sister Cities Board Members for helping serve chili. An an extra thanks to Jamba Juice for setting up a drink booth as well. 20% of the proceeds of the drinks went directly to our foundation. MauiTeeBags.com also gets kudos for their donation to our group.
                    Please click to see pictures of the fun and entertaining event.

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Please join the Maui County Sister Cities Foundation... It's fun and rewarding. In July we are planning a meet the delegates event and in September a meet the members and our Maui County cultural organizations. Click here to download an application or call 808-873-8247 for more details.



Maui County Sister Cities Foundation
Bringing the World to Maui County, Hawaii, USA
Anna Ribucan 808-873-8246
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