Pacific Writers Connection

Publications

Featured here are anthologies from various writing workshops and PWC's My Hawai'i project and Writers in the Schools Program. Our annual workshops provide opportunities for writers to sharpen their writing skills to share the creative voices of PWC.

Anthologies

HO‘OLAULE‘A:  Celebrating Ten Years of Pacific Writing

HO‘OLAULE‘A: Celebrating Ten Years of Pacific Writing

Pacific Writers’ Connection supports and stimulates creative, environmentally attentive, place-based writing here in the Pacific Ocean. On the occasion of our tenth anniversary celebration in 2012, renowned poet, writer, and Maui resident, William S. Merwin, a long time supporter, inspired us with these words: “You are all doing it right; keep doing these small things, and do them well.” This small volume features stories and poetry created over our first ten years from writers throughout the Hawaiian Islands and other Pacific Islands.

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2016

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2016

We are pleased to present the 2016 My Hawai‘i Story Anthology! Now in its tenth year, the My Hawai‘i project is an environmental writing contest for middle school students in the state of Hawai‘i. Our goal is to foster and encourage stewardship of the environment and build a literary culture of conservation among Hawaii’s youth through creative writing.

This year, we invited all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from schools across the state to address the theme, “Planet at the crossroads.” The themes aligns with the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. The winning entries will be celebrated at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

We hope that Hawaii’s youth will continue to express concern for our island environment, not only through their writing, but also by encouraging their families and friends to care for and protect the land, sea, and sacred places for future generations. We look forward to the contest next year and encourage students and schools from all islands to participate.
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Writers in Schools 2015

Writers in Schools 2015

Our Writers in the Schools Program continues to excite young writers.

This anthology presents the writing done by Mrs. Silva's 4th Grade students at Palolo Elementary School, with writing Kumu Laurel Nakanishi.
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This anthology presents the writing of Ms. Schricker's 5th Grade students with writing Kumu Laurel Nakanishi.
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2015

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2015

We are pleased to present the 2015 My Hawai‘i Story Anthology! Now in its ninth year, the My Hawai‘i project is an environmental writing contest for middle school students throughout the state of Hawai‘i. Our goal is to foster and encourage stewardship of the environment and build a literary culture of conservation among Hawaii’s youth through creative writing. This year, we invited all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from public and independent schools across the state to address the theme, “Hanohano Hawai‘i Kuauli: Celebrating Collaboration and Wisdom Across Hawaii’s Ecosystems.”

More than 360 students submitted a poem or story, which represents their personal reflections on the environment, cultural values, kuleana, and stewardship. A panel of reviewers evaluated and ranked each anonymous entry according to the use of language, content, and creativity. The 25 winners are from 20 schools on O‘ahu, one from Maui, and five from Hawai‘i Island. Of special note, one of this year’s winners, Kate Welch from Ho‘ala School in Wahiawa, has been a winner three years in a row, since she was in 6th grade!

The 2015 winners will be celebrated at the Hawai‘i Environmental Education Symposium and the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference. Mahalo to all participating students and teachers! We continue to be inspired by the talented students and give a special thanks to their teachers who encouraged them to write about the environment as part of their class work.
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2014

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2014

It is our pleasure to present the 2014 My Hawai‘i Story Anthology! Now in its eighth year, the My Hawai‘i project is an environmental writing contest for middle school students in Hawai‘i. Our goal is to foster and encourage stewardship of the environment, and a literary culture of conservation, among Hawaii’s youth through creative writing. Each year, we invite all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students, from public and private schools throughout our state, to express their unique perspective on Hawaii’s natural environment in a poem or story.

This year, the contest was framed by the theme, “Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands.” Students were asked to consider what they can learn from the past—and their kūpuna—about protecting Hawaii’s environment for the future. We also posed the question, “What can you do to help Hawaii’s plants and animals survive in a changing world?” We are pleased that students focused on this theme, some even relating their story to the Hōkūle‘a and Hiki‘analia canoes as they navigate their way through the Pacific on their epic World Wide Voyage. Students from schools across the state submitted a total of 441 contest entries. The stories and poems were evaluated by a panel of reviewers, and ranked according to a series of selection criteria, to select 25 winning entries. The contest is anonymous and the reviewers had no access to student names or schools. Of the winners this year, 14 are from schools on O‘ahu, 4 from Maui, and 7 from Hawai‘i Island. The 2014 winners will be celebrated at the Hawai‘i Environmental Education Symposium in July.

Mahalo to all of our young writers! We continue to be inspired by the talented students who participate in the My Hawai‘i writing competition and their concerns for Hawaii’s environment. Also, many thanks to their teachers who encouraged them to write about the environment as part of their class work.
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2013

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2013

This project is an education and outreach initiative for middle and intermediate schools state-wide. We invited sixth through eighth grade students from all public and private schools across the state to express their thoughts and feelings about Hawaii’s natural environment in a story or poem. This year, we received a total of 305 entries. Mahalo to all the students for their submissions. Also, a special thanks to their teachers who encouraged them to write about the environment as part of their class work. Congratulations to all of our young writers!

We are pleased to present the 2013 My Hawai‘i Anthology, which is a compilation of the 25 highest ranked entries from this year’s competition. The entries were assessed by a panel of reviewers against predetermined selection criteria. The reviewers had no access to the names of students, nor the schools they attended. We continue to be inspired by the talented students of the My Hawai‘i writing competition.
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2012

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2012

The "My Hawai‘i" Anthology will be publicly released during an awards ceremony honoring the winning students at the 20th Annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference's public event: "Protect Our Hawai‘i as One!" This student and family event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 1 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and feature conservation-themed art, music, and film activities such as a collaborative art mural with Wyland and an interactive marketplace. Copies of the Anthology will also be donated to all public state libraries and to every school that had students who participated in the contest.
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2011

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2011

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, and the Pacific Writers' Connection announced the names of the 25 student authors whose submissions were selected for publication in the 2011 "My Hawai‘i Story Project" Anthology. Students in grades six through eight across the state were invited to write a story, poem, or essay to reflect their thoughts and feelings about what makes Hawai‘i’s environment special to them. Now in its fifth year, this inspiring statewide outreach program touches the lives of students who are budding writers and want to share their stories and passion for the environment.
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2010

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2010

To all students who participated, mahalo for sharing your creativity with us and we encourage you to continue writing about your connection to, exploration, and understanding of Hawai'i’s environment. Mahalo also to parents and teachers for their invaluable support. To the 25 students whose poems, stories, and essays are final selections, we offer you our congratulations!
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2009

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2009

To all students who participated, we encourage you to keep writing about your exploration and understanding of Hawaii’s environment. To the 25 students whose poems, stories, and essays are final selections, we offer you our congratulations!
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2008

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2008

To all students who participated, we encourage you to keep writing about your exploration and understanding of Hawaii’s environment. To the 25 students whose poems, stories, and essays are final selections, we offer you our congratulations!
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My Hawai‘i Story Project 2007

My Hawai‘i Story Project 2007

A collection of 25 stories and poems about Hawaii’s environment written by Middle School students of Hawai‘i
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