Submit Your Work

Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa Writing and Arts and Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Native Hawaiian Writing and Arts Achievement Awards accept all expressions of ke ʻano Hawaiʻi, including Native Hawaiian identity, culture, language and literature, history, arts and crafts, politics, issues, lands, water, and nature. Need inspiration? Visit our Ideas page.

Written work:

Mele: oli, mele, hula, music lyrics
Fiction: mo’olelo pōkole, short stories, childrenʻs stories, plays
Memoir, personal histories, oral histories
Nonfiction: articles, essays

Art work:

Paintings, drawings
Posters, t-shirt designs
Art journals, collage
Modern and traditional 3-D art such as feather work, sculpture, carving, lei, tattoo, weaving, kapa, wood working, poi boards — please submit a photo of your work
Videos (with credit for the work of others, see “Agreement for Publication,” below)

Submitted entries must be original works by the author or artist seeking publication. If you wish to submit material that has previously been published electronically, please inform us of where and when it was published. When you submit your work to Pūpū, you agreeing to our terms (see “Agreement for Publication” below.)

How to Submit Your Work to Pūpū and Ka `Umeke Kā`eo awards

  1. Submit your work online (below – scroll down) – OR -
  2. Email your work.  Email your work to  (limit file size to 10 MB). Weʻll send you a submission form to complete   – OR -
  3. Drop off the form and an electronic copy of your writing or art (DVD or CD) to Pūpū at Hālau ʻIke O Puʻuloa or at the Language Arts Division office.


  • Pūpū A `O `Ewa welcomes writing and art by everyone: students (current, past or future), faculty, lecturer and staff member, and members of the community and the world. Special consideration will be given to residents of the districts our college serves. Submissions are accepted year round.
  • Ka `Umeke Kā`eo Awards accepts student writing and art for consideration.  You must be currently taking a minimum 1 class at Leeward CC.  Students wanting to be published in Pūpū are encouraged to apply for a Ka `Umeke Kā`eo award. Deadline is May 1.
  • You do NOT have to be Native Hawaiian to submit your work to Pūpū; indeed, everyone is welcome to submit.  But you must meet the Hawaiian-focus requirement.


Written submissions may in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian), ʻōlelo haole (English), or pidgin (Hawaiʻi Creole English). The editors of Pūpū will not translate any works written solely in the Hawaiian or English languages unless the author provides a translation.  Any editorial questions about grammar or spelling or accuracy will be addressed with the author.

Agreement for Publication: When you submit your work, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the following terms

  • My work is original and does not use any copyrighted material.
  • For videos, I will provide information to credit any works of others I used (such as music and photos).
  • All people in art or video have agreed to have their images published.
  • I give Leeward CC the non-exclusive right to publish my work in any format, including all print, electronic, and online media. That means that as author/artist, I retain the right to submit my work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere.
  • My work, image, and supporting materials (such as recorded interviews and performances) may also be reproduced in any of the College’s magazines, in print or online, as an example of student work and to promote the College and its courses and programs on campus or in the community.
  • Leeward CC may edit or abridge my work for grammatical and spelling errors at its discretion.

Ready to submit? Use the form below.

Submit your work


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