Share your ‘Ohana' Story in a Letter

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2017 Letter to My ParentsTM Contest
Three Award Recipients will receive $500!

Do you have a story to share about your ‘ohana as you were growing up in Hawai‘i? Write an essay in a letterformat and enter to win in the fourth annual Letter to My ParentsTM Contest organized by Kalamansi Books & ThingsFilipino Association of University Women, and Reiyukai America.

Ten winners will be selected, where they will receive $50 Gift Certificates and a 12-month test-prep course subscription, courtesy of BenchPrep! Among the ten finalists, three contestants who presented the most share-worthy letter will receive $500.

Letter to My ParentsTM Contest in Hawai‘i is open to Hawai‘i residents ages 14 to 22, who would like to express their experiences and feelings towards their parents or legal guardians. Participants are encouraged to submit work illustrating examples from their personal life and reflecting family relationships and interactions.Suggested topics include:

· What do my parent(s) or guardian(s) mean to me?

· What would I like to do for my parent(s)?

· How have my parents’ experiences and influence affected or shaped the person I am today?

· How I can improve relationships in my ‘ohana?

Submit entries to (Click the Hawai‘i Contest Icon) by October 16, 2017. (The website will be updated over the weekend!)

Entries can be in any language used in the State of Hawai‘i, but an English translation is required. Contestants 17 years old and younger must submit a Parental/Guardian consent form.

Ten winners will be selected and will be invited to present their letters to a panel of judges at the Final Presentation, to be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The time and place of the event will be announced at a later date.

Sponsors are BenchPrep and Read 2Gether Foundation. Community supporters are, Sariling Gawa Youth Council Inc., and Ishihara Enterprises Inc.

For more information, contact Rose Churma or Toshiro Obara at  

Details are also available at