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            Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that Valerie Fernandez's wreath, "Tribute to Royalty," was named the overall best in show in the City and County of Honolulu's 22nd Annual Holiday Wreath Contest.


            Fernandez will be the recipient of the coveted Mayor's Holly Award and a $200 cash prize.


            Fernandez's award-winning wreath was selected from 83 entries submitted by island residents and groups. The wreath is covered with 5,000 pieces of individually cut and folded ribbon designed to represent a Hawaiian feather cloak. It is adorned with a Hawaiian helmet, crowned kahili, torch ginger blossoms, and crossed spears.


            In addition to the best in show, other winning entries include:

Adult Wreath Category

1st Place Kathy Tosh

2nd Place Consumers of the Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center, Hale Na`au Pono

3rd Place Marshall K. Fergerstrom

Judges' Choice Windward School for Adults at the Hawaii State Hospital

Judges' Choice Marcella Amado

Youth Wreath Category

1st Place RLS Stevenson Middle School Video Art Computer Technology Class

2nd Place Ka Papa `A`ali`i, Kawaiaha`o Church School

3rd Place Joshua Kresnak

Judges' Choice Jazzlyn Young

Judges' Choice Isis and Darius Usborne


Theme Category "Plantation Holiday"

1st Place Marian Bernal

2nd Place Hale Kuike Care Home

3rd Place Beverly Hartig Lum

Judges' Choice Le Jardin Academy's Extended Day 3rd Grade Class

Judges' Choice Paddie Eguires


             "Each year I am always amazed by how the wreath contest brings out the creative talents of Honolulu's crafters," said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. "The holiday spirit is expressed in each entry. Congratulations to the winners and mahalo to everyone who took the time to create a wreath to be enjoyed by all during the Honolulu City Lights celebration."


            The theme for this year's contest is "A Royal Holiday" in honor of our Hawaiian alii. Judging of the wreaths was based on workmanship, creativity and use of materials. The wreaths will be on display in the Lane Gallery of Honolulu Hale through January 1, 2008. The wreath contest display is one of the many culture and arts activities presented by the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts each year.





Tory Laitila, Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, 523-4105


Friday, November 30, 2007

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