Highlands Intermediate student wins statewide logo competition


Tiffany Noda's artwork will brand the DOE's push for sustainability via the Ka Hei program.

​​​HONOLULU - The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) today unveiled its new logo for the Ka Hei program designed by a Highlands Intermediate School student.

Tiffany Noda designed the award-winning entry that will be featured on all communications and materials associated with Ka Hei, a DOE program to integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences. Noda focused on the Hawaiian definition of Ka Hei, which is to absorb knowledge or skill. She wants others to understand sustainability and prepare for the future.

The students who earned runner-up in the school-age divisions were:

  • Hayden Guest, Hanalei Elementary School
  • Lisa Watanabe, Highlands Intermediate School
  • Charles Ombao, Aiea High School

“We were excited about the quality of art and the thoughtfulness that went into the submissions,” said Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of the DOE’s Office of School Facilities and Support Services. “It is rewarding to see the project involve students at different levels.”

“Congratulations to the contest winners and all of the students who submitted a design,” said Brian Kealoha, regional manager, OpTerra Energy Services. “The Ka Hei logo will be recognizable for generations as a symbol for sustainability and OpTerra’s innovative partnership with the DOE.” 

Noda won a ukulele autographed by Hawaii singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, a home energy monitoring system from Blue Planet Foundation and other items.

The three runners-up won autographed Jack Johnson CDs, home energy monitoring systems and other items. The ​contest drew entries from 326 students. 

The DOE’s Ka Hei program is a five-year endeavor launched in 2014 that involves renewable energy generation, energy efficient technology to reduce costs and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum in hands-on learning experiences to provide engaging learning opportunities. 

Contact Information

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232

Email: donalyn_dela_cruz@hawaiidoe.org


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