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Haiku Elementary student Anabella Charles was a finalist at the Young Poet Laureates event. – Photo of BRYAN BERKOWITZ

On May 22, Punahou School junior Lua Bowman was named Hawaii’s first-ever Young Poet Laureate in Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Live @ the MACC series.

Eleven young poets finalists from across the state performed, sharing stories of “Diverse identities, experiences and challenges that young people face in Hawaii”, said Moira Pirsch, director of education at MACC.

“To formally recognize these young literary artists and their stories in this way is not only to bring the world to light, but also to tell other young poets that your voice matters and that there are people, institutions and governments. who will listen to what you have. say,” Pirsch said.

The top five finalists for the event were Bowman, Shea Noland, Lyric Kensington Ono, Rachel Wagoner and Harley Wolters, all students from Punahou.

Other young poets qualified as finalists were Anabella Charles of Haiku Elementary; Mika Hiroi, Julia Leong and Miya Peterson from Punahou; Eliana Pimentel of the Hawaii Academy of Technology in Kauai; and Korion Williams of Stevenson Middle School in Oahu.

Punahou junior Lua Bowman was named Hawaii’s first-ever Young Poet Laureate at an MACC event on May 22. – BRYAN BERKOWITZ photo

The finalists were between 10 and 18 years old.

Special guests and judges for the event were Meera Dasgupta, current Young American Poet Laureate; Joy Harjo, current American Adult Poet Laureate; Brandy Nalani McDougall, Maui-born poet and professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and Camea Davis, director of the national Young Poet Laureate program.

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