Imi Pono The Greatest Challenge 2023 focuses on vaping prevention

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February 27, 2023

*’Imi Pono anti-vaping youth contest offers $700 prize; deadline nears*

The deadline for the ‘Imi Pono: The Greatest Challenge, which offers cash prizes of up to $700 for high school and middle school students to develop an anti-vaping campaign, is fast approaching – on March 23.

The campaigns include three components – slogan, poster/brochure and short public service announcement video. All information used in campaigns must be cited and referenced.

Cash prizes, sponsored by Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, will be awarded to the top three campaigns in the middle school (grades 6 to 8) and high school (9 to 12) divisions.

First place campaigns in each division will receive $700 cash prizes; second place, $500; and third place, $300. Maui County youth, including those on Moloka‘i and Lana‘i, are eligible to enter.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 5.

Entry forms are available at the `Imi Pono Entry Form. For more information, email call MEO Youth Services at (808) 243-4315 or email [email protected].

The contest is the brainchild of Maui County Council Member Alice Lee and has featured the themes of COVID-19 prevention in 2021 and reimagining Maui County in its inaugural year in 2020. ‘Imi Pono means “to search for the right way.”

The ‘Imi Pono Challenge is sponsored by MEO’s Youth Services in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce and Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union.

Angie Pustelnik, a 7th-grader at St. Anthony School, created this poster, which focused on “The Four Ws — Wear Your Mask, Wash Your Hands, Watch Your Distance and Worldwide Vaccination.” Pustelnik finished first in the Middle School Art & Photography category of the 2021 ‘Imi Pono: The Greatest Challenge media contest.

You can scan the QR code below or click here to enroll.

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