Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation’s Localicious Art & Poetry Contest inspired students to share their favorite local foods


Honolulu, HI – The winning submissions of the 2019 Localicious Art & Poetry Contest are on display from Monday, August 26 through Friday, September 20 at Honolulu Hale. Students in grades K-8 were invited to submit their art or poem about their “Favorite Dish Made with a Locally Grown, Caught or Raised Product.” The Localicious Art & Poetry Contest is an extension of HAF’s Localicious Hawaiʻi program, an annual campaign in March promoting restaurants that source locally grown, caught or raised products and raises funds for HAF’s K-12 ag education programs with a Localicious dish.

Art and poetry submissions were judged as two separate contests with over 180 student entries submitted this year. The overall art winner and overall poetry winner each received a $100 gift card, their entry prominently featured in the Localicious Hawaiʻi 2020 calendar, and an exclusive class party featuring one of Hawaiʻi’s top chefs. The overall winners – Carly Miyamoto (Art, Grade 8) and Jacob Wada (Poetry, Grade 3) – enjoyed special class celebrations. Chef Alan Wong visited Carly and her class at Highlands Intermediate and brought chicken katsu bentos inspired by her winning entry “Chicken Katsu & Homegrown Grilled Veggies.” Jacob from Wilson Elementary enjoyed an exclusive class party celebration with Chef Roy Yamaguchi.

First and second place winners were chosen from three categories: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. First place winners were awarded a $75 gift card and second place winners received a $50 gift card. Their entries displayed at Honolulu Hale include:

  • Chicken Long Rice from My Yard by Grace-Ann Kaai, Grade 1, Kanoelani Elementary School
  • Lilikoi Bars by Amelia Smith, Grade 4, Ala Wai Elementary School
  • Saimin by Angelica Undan, Grade 8, Kapolei Middle School
  • Beef and Broccoli by Ryder Fulkerson, Grade 2, Ho‘okena Elementary School
  • Poi by Harley Acorda, Grade 4, Mililani Waena Elementary School
  • Loco Moco by Evan Chong, Grade 8, Moanalua Middle School

The vibrant illustrations and poems by the talented winners of the 2019 Localicious Art & Poetry contest will be on display on the third floor of Honolulu Hale until Friday, September 20. The work of the art and poetry contest winners are also featured in the 2020 Localicious calendar. The calendar will be free and available for pick up at the Keiki in the Kitchen event on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at Victoria Ward Park in Kaka‘ako.

Media photos available upon request.

About Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation
The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created to promote agriculture and farming. Established in 2007, HAF’s mission is to support and sustain Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawai‘i, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa.