Essay Contest

Auto Body Hawaii Annual High School Senior Essay Contest

Each spring Auto Body Hawaii sponsors an essay writing contest to provide West Hawaii’s graduating High School Seniors the opportunity to showcase their writing skills for the chance to win cash for post-graduation expenses.

2017 Essay Contest Winner

2017 Essay Contest Question:

What was your biggest “Moment of Awesomeness” in your life?

The student winner was Neena Makenzie Charles from Makua Lani Christian Academy. Read the essay HERE.


2016 Essay Contest Winner

2016 Essay Contest Question:

What current events are teens in Hawaii most passionate about and why?

The student winner was Simon Ellis from Konawaena. Read his essay HERE.

2015 Essay Contest Winner

2015 Essay Contest Question:

If you had the opportunity to bring any person — past or present, fictional or nonfictional — to your hometown, who would you bring and why?  Tell us what you would share with that person.

The student winner was Maggie Chen from Kealakehe. Read her essay HERE.

2014 Essay Contest Winner

2014 Essay Contest Question:

If you had the opportunity to recommend a new subject that is not currently being offered in your school’s curriculum, what would you recommend; why would it be beneficial for students to learn?

The student winner was Keoni Beaton from Parker School. Read his essay HERE.

2013 Essay Contest Winner

2013 Essay Contest Question:

What opportunities do you think can be created for graduating students who are not pursuing further education and decide to remain here in West Hawaii?

The student winner was Lauren Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School. Read her essay HERE.

2012 Essay Contest Winner

2012 Essay Contest Question:

Ways businesses can better serve their communities.

This year’s winner is Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School. Read his essay HERE.


High School Graduating Seniors showcase your writing skills for the chance to win $1,000.

Essay Contest Rules:

  • The length of the essay must be between 650-750 words. Only one essay submission will be accepted per student.
  • All words will be counted. All entries must be submitted as an electronic file in either Microsoft Word or Mac Pages format.
  • Once essays are submitted they may not be re- submitted for any reason.
  • Email your essay to by stated due date.
  •  Write “Senior Essay” in the subject line of your email message.
  • The heading of the essay must include the following:
    • Title
    • Name of Student
    • Contact Info (Address, Phone Number, email address)
    • School Attending

Essays will be judged on content using the following scale of points:

  • Practicality – 45
  • Originality – 25
  • Subject matter well organized/clarity of presentation – 15
  • Knowledge of subject – 15
    Essay Contest is open to all High School graduating senior students from the following West Hawaii High Schools:

Kealakehe School

Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino

Makua Lani School

Honoka’a School

Konawaena School

Kanu o ka ‘Aina School

West Hawaii Explorations Academy

Kohala School

Parker School

Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Participation in contest and acceptance of prize constitutes each entrant’s and winner’s permission to use his/her name, likeness, photograph, biographical information, essay, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Contest or Auto Body Hawaii for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, entrants and all prize winners agree to release and hold harmless Auto Body Hawaii, their respective advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries,affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees,officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, or participation in contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way, may be disqualified.

Essay results & scoring will not be made public or available. Official representatives of Auto Body Hawaii reserve the right to decline to select a contest winner.
Questions can be sent to:


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