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This Art Contest hosted by Tau Dance Theater was open to Hawaii residents of all ages to share original artwork inspired by Tau Dance Theater's mission and past productions. Tau Dance Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable arts organization dedicated to serving our global village by contributing to the enrichment of our cultural landscape through dance and the performing arts. We hope that this contest encourages local keiki and adults to share their creativity with the world!

Please enjoy the art contest entries that we received in the digital gallery below. Monetary prizes sponsored by Aimee Kimura-Koch were awarded to the following winners:

Lauren Nakashima, People's Choice Award Recipient (selected by the general public)

The following winners were selected by our esteemed judges panel

Youth Artists (under 12 years old)

1st Place: Carter Allan Caycayon​

2nd Place: Kamaluhiaokahaloa Zablan

Teen Artists (12-17 years old)

1st Place:​ Ava Lee

2nd Place: Eva Teraoka

Adult Artists (18 years & older)

1st Place: Taliilani Letuli-Goeas​

2nd Place: Jessica Orfe

Consolation prizes have also been awarded. Mahalo to our judges and everyone who participated! 

Judges Panel


Yue-Sai Khan

Television Host & Producer, Entrepreneur, Fashion Icon, Author & Humanitarian

Gary Keener

VP of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions & Kamehameha Schools' Alum

Aimee Kimura-Koch

Co-founder of the Arts Education for Children Group, Tau Dance Theater Board Member, art contest executive sponsor

Craig Ibara 

General Manager of Purchasing & Planning Division, JTB Hawaii Travel, LLC

Pōmaikaʻi Keawe Lyman

Performing artist, Event producer, former Mrs. Hawaii International and granddaughter of legendary Aunty Genoa Keawe



The following entries are arranged by age group. Click on each thumbnail to take a closer look at each artwork. Thumbnails with a blue play symbol ▶ will take you to a YouTube link to view the art submission in full-length.

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