Our Islands, Our Future

Young artists are being asked to add some pizazz to the front and back panels of new electric vehicle quick-charging stations being installed at Queen Kaahumanu Center. Sponsored by Hitachi and with assistance from Maui Economic Development Board, the art contest is open to Maui County students in the 6th to 12th grades. Deadline for submissions is June 1.

Artists can choose to create either one design that will go with both front and back panels or do two complimentary designs — one for the front and one for back. The front panel is 13.5 inches wide and 24 inches high. The back panel is 13.5 inches wide and 65 inches high. Artwork will be featured on the charger panels as a waterproof applique. The artwork medium needs to be graphic design — Illustrator or Photoshop. The submission format must be Adobe Illustrator EPS or Photoshop PDF, high resolution, 300 dpi.

Artwork should be original and positively represent Maui’s community, environment and clean energy. Examples of the charging stations can be seen near the main entrance parking lot at Queen Kaahumanu Center. Submissions should be emailed to Lesley Bristol at

Digital submissions are preferred, but mail or delivered submissions can be sent to Maui Economic Development Board, attention Lesley Bristol, 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 1, Kihei 96753. The submission should include the student’s name, school, grade and contact information. Winning images will be announced June 15 at the Queen Kaahumanu Center. Winners will earn cash prizes worth $1,000 for first; $500 for second; and $250 for third. For more information, call Lesley Bristol at 875-2332.