Forgiveness
Arts Awards
dedicated to Queen Lili'uokalani

nominations for 2013 are now open

Awards Presentation,
Sunday, August 4, 2013
2:00 pm. to 5:00 pm.

State Capitol Rotunda
corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Ave., Honolulu

Online Interactive
Entry Forms
(no cost to enter)


Images of Forgiveness
click here to begin


Poetry of Forgiveness
click here to begin


See Entry Instructions Below

Free Poster



Gallery of Forgiveness Arts

2012:

Images of Forgiveness: 2012

Poetry of Forgiveness: 2012


Forgiveness Arts Awards were not held in 2010 and 2011.


2009:
Images of Forgiveness, 2009
Poetry of Forgiveness, 2009

2007:
Images of Forgiveness, 2007
Poetry of Forgiveness, 2007

2006:
Images of Forgiveness, 2006
Poetry of Forgiveness, 2006

2005:
Images of Forgiveness, 2005
Poetry of Forgiveness, 2005


Why Forgiveness Awards?

Forgiveness is a mysterious idea -- it means something different to everyone.

Yet everyone senses that forgiveness is vital to the human soul, to our ability to renew, to believe, to hope, to aspire...to change. To heal pain, to face the past, to understand justice, to move forward, to learn.

So the theme of forgiveness is ideal for artistic expression.


photo courtesy Chris Spezzano -- aerial rainbow over the Pacific

The Hawai'i Forgiveness Project seeks to make forgiveness a real, living experience in our State, a skill that we exercise in our daily lives. One way to do that is through the arts, a universal language that all can experience, regardless of our background.

And in 2013, we have added a dedication to Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last reigning monarch. She demostrated a commitment to wisdom and forgiveness that continues to inspire us to this day, and we celebrate her 175th Birthday Anniversary.

That's why we started these Forgiveness Arts Awards. We'll share these images and poetry with the public and the press on Forgiveness Day, and after that with the whole world on the pages of this website.

The quality and diversity of the artistic community in Hawai'i is extraordinary; though we are small, we produce an astonishing diversity of artistic expression covering the full range of ancient to modern, abstract to literal, intimate to universal, natural to techno...we hope the entries for these Awards will reflect the depth of our precious Ohana.


General Entry Qualifications

1. Any current resident of the state of Hawai'i, anyone born in the Islands but now living elsewhere, and any other person with a personal feeling, knowledge or understanding of Hawaii, its land and its people, is eligible to enter these Awards.

2. Any person of any age is eligible. Special encouragement is issued, and special consideration will be given, to certain groups, including Native Hawaiians, the young and the elderly. Special categories may be created for the physically and mentally challenged.

3. There is no entry fee. Deadline for entries is midnight, Thursday August 2.

4. All entries must be original works, owned and created by the person who submits the entry. If you are entering on someone's behalf you must have their written consent; in the case of young children, the mentally or physically challenged, a parent or legal guardian may submit an entry.

5. Entries remain the sole property and copyright of the artist or poet. Images and poems need not be previously published or exhibited, and may be submitted by both amateurs and professionals.

6. By entering this Award, the artist or poet agrees to certain limited, temporary use of his or her images and/or words. Any use of the works submitted beyond those outlined below will require a specific release from the artist.

  1. exhibition to the public at the Forgiveness Day Awards, at a showcase in the hall and on video screens;
  2. display of low-resolution samples of the images, or reprinting of the poetry, on the Forgiveness Day website and in the printed program;
  3. release of artist information and samples of the works submitted to the press;
  4. videotape of the presentation and the award entries for later local broadcast.

7. Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Bronze Medal Winners will be presented with the Awards on the public stage. Winners and runners-up do not have to be present to receive the Awards, but it is strongly requested that you try to be present.

8. In addition to a recognition plaque and citation on the public website, winners will also receive a cash prize. The amount of the prize will be determined in part by audience contributions, after an initial contribution made by the Forgiveness organizing committee. The total amount collected at the event from the audience will be divided among all the winners and runners-up.

9. Sales of artwork or poetry may take place at the Forgiveness event itself by prior arrangement, assuming space is available. Winners are invited to distribute business cards or brochures at the event. Web or email links will be provided on the website, if desired by the artist.

10. So that nominations may be easily shared among the judges, we prefer that entries be submitted through the online interactive forms, here:

Online Entry through the Web (preferred)
Images of Forgiveness
Poetry of Forgiveness

However, if you prefer you may submit the forms by mail; download them here:

Printed Forms by Mail (optional)
Images of Forgiveness
Poetry of Forgiveness

Please mail to:
Hawaii Forgiveness Project
att'n Roger Epstein
1000 Bishop St., Ste.1200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813


Specific Entry Qualifications:
Images of Forgiveness

1. All entries should be consistent with the theme of Queen Lili'uokalani, and her role as a heroine of forgiveness for Hawai'i and the world.

Hints: Forgiveness can be defined as change of heart; an expansion of one's perception; another word for peace in the language of the soul--feeling of peace within--bringing harmony to oneself and another; love restored. Paying respect to the Queen can take any form you feel is appropriate, consistent with the vital importance of Hawaiian culture to all people of Hawai'i.

2. Images entered in the Images of Forgiveness Award may be of any size, up to 4 ft. x 4 ft. They may be on any medium, from any source (photograph, painting, collage, etc.).

3. Images should be framed, and available in Honolulu for public exhibition on August 4. If this is not possible, reasonable accommodation to winners will be made if high-resolution images are available for printing and framing.

4. Images may be entered in one of three ways: here on this website, by email, or by mail. Entry samples should be in JPEG format, minimum 640x480, 72 dpi. Higher resolutions and dot-pitch depths, up to 3000x3000, 300 dpi, are encouraged. Scanned images are preferable, but a closeup photograph, with good lighting and focus, is also quite acceptable.

If you have images that are now in photo print or negative, but have no easy way to scan them, there's a simple solution -- most Costco and WalMart stores have quality, inexpensive counters where you can get scans in an hour or two.

5. You may enter a sculpture, multi-media work, collage, wall-hanging or any visual object. If your entry is not a conventional piece of flat art that can easily be framed, please submit a series of stills of your work that communicate its meaning, in either time or space.


Specific Entry Qualifications:
Poetry of Forgiveness

1. All entries should be consistent with the theme of Queen Lili'uokalani, and her role as a heroine of forgiveness for Hawai'i and the world.

Hints: Forgiveness can be defined as change of heart; an expansion of one's perception; another word for peace in the language of the soul--feeling of peace within--bringing harmony to oneself and another; love restored. Paying respect to the Queen can take any form you feel is appropriate, consistent with the vital importance of Hawaiian culture to all people of Hawai'i.

2. Poetry entered in the Poetry of Forgiveness Award may be of any length. Judging, however, will be chiefly based on a specific passage specified by the poet which can be read aloud in one minute or less.

3. Poetry may be entered in any language; if the language is not English, a translation is requested.

4. Poets will be asked to recite up to one minute of their work. Alternately, they may request someone else to recite, or may ask the head judge of the competition recite it.

photo courtesy Chris Spezzano -- under a wave at Kahuku