Hawaii Department of Education Kaiapuni (Hawaiian Immersion School) student A’ali’ikumakani Dukelow was awarded 1st place in the prestigious Holland & Knight Essay Contest for young native writers. Dukelow, a student of Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Kekaulike, Maui, was recognized for his original essay, “Kalo,” along with other young writers from the Seneca, Nez Perce, Navajo and Iñupiat tribes.



This year the students were asked to to capture cultural images, symbols, or art forms that have been historically used by their communities to serve a specific purpose or pass a message or value on. Dukelow’s essay reminisces on his time spent cultivating taro, its connection to his family and kūpuna, and the values related to aloha ‘āina that sustained generations of his people. The honor included a a $2,500 scholarship and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National Museum of the American Indian and other prominent sites.

National Museum Of The American Indian

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage them to write about their experiences as a member of their respective communities and the culture that inspires them. The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s goal of promoting education and creating new opportunities for youth is the inspiration behind the essay contest.

Click here to read Dukelow’s easy.

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