Deadline to enter via Google Classroom is April 1, 2022.

The ‘Aha Lamakū ‘Oia‘i‘o (ALO) grant program, administered by the Pacific Literacy Consortium (PLC) in the College of Education, is collaborating with HISessions to host the SPARX Hawai‘i Music Contest. All Hawaiʽi Island Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pāhoa Complex Area (KKP) secondary students are eligible to enter. Interested students can enter the contest by recording a video of themselves performing a song and uploading it to their school’s Google Classroom by April 1, 2022.

“The ALO grant is one of PLC’s projects designed to provide culturally-responsive leadership development, mentoring, and transition supports to Native Hawaiian youth,” said PLC Director Hugh Dunn. “Our ultimate hope is that the contest will kindle a passion within each participant toward pursuing their artistic vision, expanding their skill sets, and extending their horizons beyond the conventional.”

There will be a preliminary round held within each of the four schools. Based on the video entries, respective schools will pick four finalists who will receive a one-on-one mentoring session with a professional local recording artist. Additionally, HISessions crew members will work with each finalist to create a professional video recording that will be promoted in the HISessions social media channels, which have over 400,000 subscribers and a million views a week.

Watch the promotional video here.

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