Maui Mikoshi Design Contest
The Maui Mikoshi Design Contest is an event held for high school students in Maui. This year’s winner was Kamehameha Schools Maui, which their students designed the Maui Mikoshi. Those who were involved in this project were invited to the festival and they attended the unveiling ceremony, which was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, March 10. The Maui Mikoshi was unveiled by the representative students.
In regards to the design of Maui Mikoshi, the contrast between gold and black was beautiful, which also consisted of Japanese and American flags. In addition, there was a banner which the names of various Pacific-region countries were written in Japanese and English. The design reminded us about the harmony among Japan, the U.S. and other countries around the Pacific Rim.
Afterwards, the students received the Honolulu Festival’s original happi and took a group photo in front of Maui Mikoshi. It was their first time to wear it so they looked confused, but they were helping each other which was a heartwarming scene. Also, the students carried the Maui Mikoshi in their happi during the Grand Parade which was held on the final day of the festival.