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Working lunch with “Leader for a Day” students


Gov. Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona last week hosted a working lunch with winners of the “Leader for a Day” Program essay contest.

This year, nearly 400 students submitted 500-word essays addressing the questions: “What are the historic places, Hawaiian cultural sites or locations of significance in your community, island or state? As an elected official, if you had to choose one location, what plan would you propose to respect and protect that site?”

The top two essay writers, Lopaka O’Conner, a sixth grader at Ke Kula O Nawahiokalani opuu in Hilo, and Elizabeth Herrera of Kailua Intermediate School, served as governor and lt. governor for a day, respectively.

Lopaka wrote his essay “Puanui, Flower of Hawaii” on the need to preserve and renew ancient Hawaiian agricultural practices.

Elizabeth reflected on the need to protect the Puuhonua O Honaunau historical site in her essay.

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