Kalani student wins photography contest

Ka Leo Staff, Photojournalism

The Japanese Cultural Center recently announced the winner and finalists of the 7th annual JCCH Photo Contest, and Kalani sophomore Kiana Ejercito took home the Grand Prize. The theme this year was “Celebrating 150 Years of Japanese in Hawaii.”
Title: Under the Sky
Caption: 150 years ago, the first generation of Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii in hopes of finding a better life. From there, they spread their culture to help shape Hawaii into a unique and special place to those who live there and to those who visit. In this picture, people of different families, different cultures, and different lives are all there to simply enjoy the festivities. Some go to dance, to eat, or for the obon service, yet everyone is gathered under one sky in one night to enjoy the Japanese tradition of Bon Dance. Photo by Kiana Ejercito (10).