Youth Poet Laureate

The Hawai‘i Youth Poet Laureate Fellowship is a program of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in partnership with Urban Word. This fellowship will build youths’ skills in literary excellence, civic engagement, and social impact. During the fellowship, students, ages 10-19 will apply to become the Youth Poet Laureate of Hawai‘i!

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Youth Poet Laureate

2022 Youth Poet Laureate Commencement

Check out the April 30th, 2022 live streamed event! 

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Youth Poet Laureate

Hawai'i's 2nd Annual

Kalehua Fung
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Click images to view each participant's performance
Miya
Peterson
Lyric
Ono
Shea
Noland
Kealoha
Comcowich
Koren
Kano
Koren Kano
Kealoha Comcowich
Shea Noland
Lyric Ono
Miya Peterson
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Mika Hiroi
Esther Chan
Nicole Dao
Rachel Waggoner
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Mika
Hiroi
Esther
Chan
Nicole
Dao
Rachel
Waggoner

Finalists

Makaela Cooper
Korion Williams
Vaiva Peroff
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Makaela
Cooper
Korion
Williams
Vaiva
Peroff

 Junior Poets

 Instructors/ Mentors

Ittai Wong
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Travis Thompson
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Ittai Wong

Le Jardin
Academy

Travis Thompson

Youth Speaks Hawai'i
Pacific Tongues

Honorary Guest Performers
 

Lua Bowman
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Sara
Tekula

The Merwin Conservancy

Lua
Bowman

Hawai'i's 1st Youth Poet Laureate

Featured Judges

Michael Cirelli
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Meera Dasgupta
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Teresa Siagatonu
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Michael Cirelli

Executive Director of Urban Word NYC

Meera Dasgupta

2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate

Teresa Siagatonu

Award Winning Poet & Educator 

Mahalo to:

This program is made possible in part by funding from Hawaiʻi Council of the Humanities through the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

Disclaimer Language

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (article, book, exhibition, film, program, database, report, Web resource), do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Photos: Bryan Berkowitz

Video: Markus Kuenzel- MACC

Audio: Harrison Tatik- MACC