Honolulu District Speech Festival celebrates 26 years strong


The event helps students in grades 3 through 6 develop and showcase their verbal communication skills and techniques. This Saturday, the festival celebrates its 26th year.

Last year's speech festival emcees: Jake Peacock and Lehualani Barfield of Kamiloiki Elementary School. They are now in the 4th and 5th grade, respectively.

HONOLULU – More than 300 elementary students are expected to participate in the 26th Annual Honolulu District Speech Festival on Saturday, May 10 at McKinley High School. The festival helps students in grades 3 through 6 develop and showcase their verbal communication skills and techniques.

More than 8,000 students are estimated to have participated in the festival over the last two decades. The event has been sponsored since its inception by Chevron.

“The Honolulu District Speech Festival is a valuable opportunity for our students to expand their presentation skills,” said Ruth Silberstein, superintendent for the Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt complex in the Honolulu District. “Chevron has been a vital, worthwhile partner in this endeavor as we work to provide our students with real-world skills.”

Event categories include choral reading, oral interpretation, group interpretation, poetry reading, and storytelling. After the event, each student is awarded a medal for participation at a ceremony held immediately following student presentations.

“We are so proud of Chevron’s 26-year partnership with the Honolulu District. By helping elementary-age keiki refine their oral communications skills at this annual event, they learn the skills necessary to become Hawaii’s future leaders. It is amazing to see the quality of the student presentations and the pride the children have when presenting their pieces to our volunteer judges,” said Chevron’s Carina Tagupa, community relations specialist.

Festival judges are volunteers from The Hawaii State Legislature, Association of Chinese University Women, St. Louis Heights Community Association, YMCA, Oahu Retired Teachers Association, Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board, Central Pacific Bank, Alpha Delta Kappa, West Honolulu Rotary Club, Ala Moana Rotary Club, Business Network International, the University of Hawaii (UH) College of Education Alumni Association, State Dept. of Education, UH Department of Communicology, West Honolulu Rotary Club, YMCA, and Chevron employees and retirees.

Student presentations begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 11:15 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Contact Information

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232

Email: Donalyn_Dela_Cruz@hawaiidoe.org


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