Instructions: This 2016 Kaha Nui Summit will also be hosting a Pacific Islander high school student essay writing contest for those who will be attending the summit on November 11, 2016. Please submit your 500-word essay by October 24, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. All essays submitted after this date and time will not be included in the contest. Your essay will be judged based on honesty, cohesiveness, self-reflection, and insightfulness. The results of the essay writing contest will be announced during the catered lunch, between 12:00–1:30 p.m., in the Wilkinson Center, room 3290. We strongly encourage all high school students to be present for the contest results. Please submit your essay to Please write your essay based on the questions below.

The 2016 Kaha Nui Summit theme is “Strive for your highest potential.”

  1. What does this theme mean to you?
  2. How can your culture help you strive for your highest potential?
  3. How can a college education help you reach your highest potential?

2016 Kaha Nui Summit Essay Writing Contest Winners