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Call to Artists: 13th Annual Manga & Art Drawing Contest

April 1, 2017, 7:02 AM HST
* Updated April 1, 7:08 AM
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The 13th Annual Manga & Art Drawing Contest will be held at the 17th annual Maui Matsuri festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the UH Maui College Pilina Building student lounge.

All Maui County residents in the 3rd through 12th grades are welcome to enter the Manga and Traditional Art divisions.  Manga is a mixture of comic book, modern art and literature, creating this unique and very popular Japanese art form.

Submissions will be judged in three age divisions for both Manga style and Traditional Art categories: 3rd to 5th grades; 6th to 8th grades; and 9th to 12th grades. The top three winning contestants from each category and age division will be awarded certificates and cash prizes.

Participants can enter by submitting hand drawn work (not computer generated) on paper not to exceed 8.5 x 11 inches. No frames or mounted pieces. All mediums are allowed: pencil, colored pencil, pen, etc.

All Manga entries should depict a Manga/Anime character in a festival setting. All Traditional Art entries should depict a Japanese landscape theme. Each entry must have an official entry form, along with signed disclaimer, taped to the back of the artwork to be accepted.


The contest is  sponsored by HouseMart Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin Crafts Maui.  Entries can be

  1. Delivered to the HouseMart Ben Franklin and HouseMart Ace Hardware Stores (Pukalani, Kīhei, Lahaina) until April 30;
  2. Mailed in to the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, PO Box 5090, Kahului, HI 96733 with postmark by April 30 or;
  3. Delivered to the Manga & Art Contest Exhibit in the Pilina Building at the UH Maui College during the Maui Matsuri festival between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on May 6.

Judging will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at the entertainment stage at 4:15 p.m. Artwork must be picked up at the exhibit area by 6 p.m. or bring a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of artwork. Artwork will not be returned if an envelope is not provided. First place winners artwork will be on display at the HouseMart Ben Franklin Store during the week after the festival.

Maui Matsuri is a three-day event featuring Japanese culture: Kickoff event April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Queen Ka`ahumanu Center; Variety Show May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Binhi At Ani Community Center, and the Maui Matsuri festival on May 6 at 2 p.m. on the UH Maui College Great Lawn. On festival day May 6, contestants will be sought for additional festival contests such as: cosplay, video-gaming, natto, and saimin eating.

The Maui Matsuri festival is presented by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui with major support from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, the County of Maui, and major sponsorship from Island Honda, IBEW-Local Union 1186, Maui Taiko, and UH Maui College.


More details and contest rules and entry forms are available on the festival website. You can also contact the Matsuri hotline at (808) 283-9999 or find us on social media #mauimatsuri.

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