Gabbard announces Congressional Art Competition finalists

  • Winter Squall – Heidi Roach, Island School, Kauaʻi

  • Isolation and Connection: Coronavirus – Zoe Spikerman, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • Broken Dreams and Broken Things – Jenna Blevins, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • What Connects Us; What Divides Us – Eleanore Carey, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • The Clowns Are Running This Town! – Nina Corabi, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • Untitled Bathtub Series #17 – Farrah Marini, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • The Changing of Thought – Emily Smith, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • Hubris and Hybrid – Tyler Thomas, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • All Around Us – Kellen Sakaitani, Parker School, Hawaiʻi Island

  • “War and Peace and What Lays In Between” by Mele Rickards of Parker School. Rickards is among 20 finalists in the 2020 Kaha Kii Congressional Art Competition. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard this week announced 20 finalists in the 2020 Kaha Kii Congressional Art Competition and launched a People’s Choice contest on her official Facebook page, where the public can select their favorite pieces.

Each spring, the congresswoman sponsors the event to recognize and encourage creativity across Hawaii as part of a nationwide high school art competition with other members of the U.S. House of Representatives.


The entry with the most Likes and Loves in the People’s Choice contest on at 6 p.m. on May 27 will be featured as the cover photo at the top of Gabbard’s Facebook page, and the artist will win a cash prize.

“The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity every year to recognize the abilities of our budding artists and encourage them to pursue their talent further. I commend the educators and family members who support these students as they embrace their passion. You will be impressed and inspired by their talent and creativity,” said Gabbard.

The winners of the district-wide competition will be announced in June in a virtual ceremony.

The first-place piece will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside winners from all other congressional districts. The second-place and third-place pieces will be hung in Gabbard’s Washington and Hawaii offices.


All winners will be awarded with a cash prize.

The 2020 finalists are Jenna Blevins, Eleanore Carey, Nina Corabi, Farrah Marini, Mele Rickards, Kellen Sakaitani, Emily Smith, Zoe Spikerman and Tyler Thomas, all students of Parker School; Tassyanna Dosier, Malia Gillin and Isabella Hutchinson, all of Kalaheo High School on Oahu; Finn Hagan, William Tyler Russell and Faylin Sales, Erin Tanaka, Sophia Van Derveer, and Summer Wong, all of Seabury Hall on Maui; and Rayna Shafter and Heidi Roach of Island School on Kauai.

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