Kid voting opens for Nene Awards
Help choose this year's top children's book through voting in the Nene Awards.
Students in fourth through sixth grades are eligible to vote at their school or public libraries through March 14.
Students may also enter Nene Award contests: essay, poster, performance and digital arts, all centered on last year's Nene winner, "A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor."
Contest winners will share their work at an awards ceremony aboard the Battleship Missouri on May 9. Visit nene.k12.hi.us for the recommended reading list and voting and contest instructions.
Lecture explores Hawaiian origins
Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto, senior anthropologist at Bishop Museum, speaks on his 50 years of research on the origins of the Hawaiian people, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lyman Museum in Hilo.
A native of Japan, Sinoto began work in Hawaii in 1954; his first excavation was at South Point on the Big Island.
Through a study of fishhook typology and other material culture, Sinoto traced a route of Polynesian colonization that brought settlement to Hawaii. Among his discoveries are the remains of a large oceangoing canoe from Huahine in the Society Islands.
Cost is $3, free for Lyman Museum members. The museum is at 276 Haili St. Call 935-5021.
Contest fosters care for water
Oahu students from kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to illustrate the theme "Makamae Ka Wai (Precious Is the Water) ... Use it Wisely" in the Honolulu Board of Water Supply's poster contest.
The annual Water Conservation Week Poster Contest aims to educate students about the importance of water conservation.
Awards will be given in four categories: kindergarten, first to second grade, third to fourth, and fifth to sixth. First-place winners will receive a $100 savings bond and a tour of the Halawa Xeriscape Garden and Pump Station for their classes. The winning poster will be featured in the Board of Water Supply's 2009 water conservation calendar.
Students should submit an original piece of artwork on 18-by-24-inch paper. Any art medium is accepted, with the exception of chalk, charcoal and oil-based crayons.
Submit entries to the Board of Water Supply Communications Office, 630 S. Beretania St., or at any satellite city hall on Oahu. Deadline is March 13. For entry forms, rules and other information, visit www.boardofwatersupply.com or call 748-5041.