Young at art: Na Opio Youth Art Show winners announced

  • The winners of the Na Opio Youth Art Show at the Firehouse Art Gallery in Waimea. (Waimea Arts Council/Courtesy Photo)

The Waimea Arts Council celebrated National Youth Art Month with the 35th Na Opio Youth Art Show and Competition during the month of March at the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea. Students from grades 6 through 12 in the North and South Kohala and Hamakua districts were invited to participate.

Kona artist Kathleen Jaeger, also a retired art teacher and art therapist, judged the show. A reception was held March 10 at the Firehouse Gallery to support and celebrate the young at art. It was a festive event with many students, family, friends, art teachers and art supporters in attendance.


The winners are as follows:

Grade 6

First: Matty Inaba, HPA Middle School

Second: Arabella Ascuncion, HPA Middle School

Third: Sophia Jordan, HPA Middle School

Grade 7

First: Kahlil Adams, HPA Middle School

Second: Mendie Chau HPA Middle School

Third: Zachery Lieberman, HPA Middle School

Grade 8

First: Chase Zucher, HPA Middle School

Second: Derrick Quaimus, Honokaa Intermediate

Third: Kahea Gaglione, Parker Middle School

Grade 9

First: Godfrey (Ekolu) Kainoa III, HPA

Second: Noelani Mitchell, Parker School

Third: Mallory West, Parker School

Grade 10

First: Shiloh Perez, Kohola High School

Second: Merieke Renz, HPA

Third: Sara Kimura, HPA

Grade 11

First: Keilani Melton, HPA

Second: Gracelyn Jardine, Parker School

Third: Hannah Walker, Honokaa High School

Grade 12

First: Falyn Sebastian, Honokaa High School


Second: Angscopt Chasoensri, Honokaa High School

Third: Shalimar Rose Dagnio, Honokaa High School

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