Proposal Competition

The Honua Scholars Proposal Competition encourages students to generate new ideas that could positively impact the Hawaiian community through STEM. Students in middle school and high school located in Hawaii are eligible to submit a proposal to this competition, regardless of nationality or origin. Selected finalists will be invited to give a short oral presentation at Honua Scholars' Laulima Symposium. Prizes will also be provided for outstanding submissions. For any questions, please contact us at!

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Who is eligible to enter this competition?

All students attending a Hawai’i school in grades 6–12. 

When is the deadline?

This year’s deadline is TBD

Can I write my proposal in Hawaiian language?

Yes! We will accept proposals written in English and Hawaiian.

What are this year’s guiding prompts?

This will abe announced soon. 

Which reference format should I use?

Please use the most recent edition of APA format.

Why is the competition geared toward proposing a project and not initiating it?

This competition provides an opportunity for students to share extravagant ideas that might not be feasible to accomplish alone. We use this competition to help students think creatively about what communities need and to connect them to potential resources and opportunities along their educational and career pathways.

Will Honua Scholars help the student implement the project in the future?

Unfortunately at this time, Honua Scholars does not have the resources or funding to support and mentor students through these projects. We are actively looking for additional grants that can help create this setup. Contact us at if you would like to partner or fund us to help make this happen! We are hoping that in the future, we can team up with local companies and have specific proposal tracks so that students can intern or work with companies to see their project through.

Disclaimer: The essay competition and prize money offered are subject to the terms and conditions set forth by the organizers. The organizers reserve the right to modify or cancel the competition at any time without prior notice. Participation in the competition is voluntary and open to all, subject to eligibility criteria mentioned in the competition guidelines. The organizers shall not be held responsible for any technical glitches, network issues, or any other problems that may affect the submission or evaluation of essays. The decision of the judges will be final and binding. By participating in the competition, the participants agree to comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the organizers. The organizers shall not be held liable for any loss, damage, or injury incurred by the participants or any other person as a result of participation in the competition.