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It is impossible to live fulfilled lives without our parents. Family has always been the basis of society. Family unity is what helps people grow both as individuals and as members of society. However, today, in the more individualistic society we live in, it seems that the role of the family is changing. Therefore, Kalamansi Books and Things, Sariling Gawa Youth Council, Inc., and Reiyukai America is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2016 Letter to My Parents Contest(TM) in Hawaii with a vision and a strong wish to maintain a healthy family relationship or to make an improvement within the parent-child relationship.


To participate, a contestant must write a letter dedicated to his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and submit it to the Organizing Committee.The submitted letters will go through several selection processes in order to be accepted for the final presentation. The letters that qualify will be read by the original writers in front of the judges who will select the winners..


The ten finalists will be receiving the following prizes.

  • - A $50 Gift Certificate.
  • - An opportunity to be published in digital and print format.
  • - A certificate of participation

The judges will select three winners based on dif-ferent categories. Each of the winners will receive a prize of $500.


Individuals between the ages of 14 and 22 residing in the State of Hawaii can participate in this contest (High School and College Students). Please be aware that participants 17 years old or under must submit a Parental/ Guardian Consent Form giving them permission to participate in the contest.
Contestants from previous years may participate by submitting a different letter.


As mentioned above, the submitted letter must be written under a positive intention of maintaining a healthy family relationship or to improve the current family situation.

5.1 Guiding Questions

A contestant is requested to submit her/his work illustrated with concrete examples from his/her personal family life - reflecting the family relationships and interactions.The participant may use one or more of the suggested guiding questions to write the letter

  • - What do my parent(s) mean to me?
  • - What would I like to do for my parent(s)?
  • - How have my parents’ experiences and influence affected or shaped the person I am today?
  • - How I can improve relationships in my family?

5.2 Structure

The submitted letter must contain the following three components.:

  • - Name(s) to whom it is addressed.
  • - A narration of one or more significant family experiences.
  • - A proposal - either implicit or explicit - that suggests how to improve or to maintain a positive relationship within the family. A proposal can be considered as a new family tradition that a contestant would like to bring in to the family.

5.3 Language

The participant may choose one or a combination languages that are used in the State of Hawaii. If any other language besides English is used, the participant must provide the English translation.

5.4 Format

Each work submitted must not exceed more than 1000 words. If the work is submitted via email, it must meet the MLA (Modern Language Association) writing format.

5.5 Content

Each participant must submit a letter that is clear, honest, sincere, completely written in one's own words, and based on his/her personal experiences. Letters based on fictitious events or happenings will not be accepted.

5.6 Evaluation

The submitted letter will be evaluated based more on how the contestant proposes to maintain healthy family relationships or how to improve parent-child relationships, rather than its writing style or the amount of family experiences described in the letter.


The participants may submit their work either online or via email.

6.1 Online

Write a letter

6.2 E-Mail

Send your email including the following:

  • - Original Letter (.docx, .txt, .pdf)
  • - Copy of official US identification (e.g. driver license, school ID, or passport)
  • - Registration Form
  • - If you are 17 years old and under, do not forget to include Parental/Guardian Consent Form signed by your parent/guardian. Registration Form and Parental Consent Form are downloadable from the website or you can request it via email.

Email: info@lettertomyparents.com


7.1 First Stage

Participants will be allowed to submit their work starting on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Participants will have until 5pm on Friday October 21, 2016 to submit their letters.

7.2 Semifinal Stage

The letters that have been submitted will pass through an elimination process by which the ten best letters will be selected by November 11, 2016. The contestants who made through the final stage will be contacted by the Organizing Committee via email or phone.

7.3 Final Stage

The Final Presentation will take place during the Reiyukai America O'hana Day Celebration on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Hawaii's Plantation Village in Waipahu, O'ahu, HI. Doors for the event be open at 10am. Presentation of the letter will start at 2pm. The finalists will be reading aloud their letters they submitted without altering or modifying the content. If the letter was not written in English, there will be simultaneous translations during the reading. The judges will then determine the award recipients. The judges will consist of people that are recognized for their moral and intellectual reliability. They will be chosen by the organizing committee. Their decisions are final.


By participating in the contest, each contestant will understand and agree to the following Terms and Conditions.

  • - Each contestant must follow these guidelines
  • - Submitted letter will not be returned and will be property of the Letter to My Parents(TM) Contest Organizing Committee. The letters may be published in newspapers, web pages, electronic mails, magazines, as well as being presented/displayed in radio programs, television and in fu-ture events organized by any of the Organizing Committee members.
  • - The Organizing Committee will not be responsi-ble for any family issue that may arise due to the content of the letters.


For any questions regarding the contest, contact through the following:
Phone: (808) 358-2868 (Rose)
Email: info@lettertomyparents.com


Any unseen issue will be resolved by the
Organizing Committee.


  • - Kalamansi Books and Things
  • - Sariling Gawa - Youth Council
  • - Reiyukai America


  • - Hawaii's Plantation Village
  • - Budget Color Litho
  • - GF Ecucators Inc


2016 Guidelines in PDF

Registration Form in PDF

Parental Guardian Consent Form in PDF