Welcome to the 2019-2020 Pono Challenge

The new Campaign has officially begun! 

All Teachers, Coaches, Youth Advisors and Students: What cause or issue have your youth acted on to make a difference in your school or community?

Submit your entry in the 2019- 2020 E OLA PONO CHALLENGE!


As a cultural response to bullying in schools, student groups are encouraged to actively “Grow Pono” to create a more welcoming and safe environment for everyone at their school.

E Ola Pono means to live with respect for and in harmony with everyone and everything around you. The annual Statewide E Ola Pono Campaign challenges students to work together on activities or projects that promote pono as a “Way to Be”.

Student led projects and campaigns have proven to be the most effective and powerful initiatives to reduce harassment and bullying in schools.  Addressing this need in a culturally relevant way based on Hawai‘i‘s host culture provides a foundation that can benefit all people who call Hawaii home. 

To live pono is to always strive to do what is right for others and the environment. It is “WE versus “ME” thinking. Living Pono is a universal concept that stretches way beyond Hawaii’s shores.

The Pono Campaign offers students an opportunity to positively influence peers and promote a safe, respect-filled school environment. The Hawai’i Department of Education, the Hawai’i Association of Charter Schools, the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools, and the Governor have all endorsed the E Ola Pono Campaign.


The 12th Annual E Ola Pono Campaign kick started August 1, 2018 and culminated April 12th, 2019.  The annual statewide initiative encourages youth groups to promote peace, pono and respect at their schools and communities through student–led campaigns.

Nine schools in three divisions are receiving recognition and monetary awards for their successful student-led campaigns.  First place winners are awarded $1000 and second place receive $500 for their campaign efforts.

 [See Winning Campaigns]

[Download Campaigns Flyer]

High School Division

    Campbell High     1st Place

Farrington High    2nd Place

Middle/Intermediate School Division

        Washington Middle           1st place

Chiefess  Kamakahelei  Middle  2nd place

Elementary School Division

1st place tie

Kāne‘ohe & Mānoa Elementary

2nd place tie

Ka‘ewai & Kohala Elementary

Ben Parker Elementary  3rd place


[Submit Your Campaign]

Sponsored by the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) and organized by the
University of Hawai‘i Growing Pono Schools Project.