By Jayni Ishikawa. 1st place, comical category.
Four high school students have placed in the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese Nengajo Contest. They are:
- Reanne Inafuku, junior, 3rd place, comical category;
- Jada Inouye, junior, 3rd place, original category;
- Jayni Ishikawa, junior, 1st place, comical category;
- and Akemi Santiago, senior, 3rd place, Hawaii category.
The purpose of the contest is to teach students about the Japanese tradition of sending postcards with special greetings on New Year's day. According to the animal zodiac calendar, 2018 is the year of the dog so all of the students had to include a dog in their design. Their work will be on display at the Royal Hawaiian Center (RHC) in Waikiki during the Near Year's holiday. At that time, another contest will be held. Japanese visitors' at the RHC will get to vote for their favorite winners. Those winners will receive a $25 gift certificate from RHC.