Hilo Elks to Hold Drug Awareness Contests

November 30, 2016, 8:30 AM HST
* Updated November 30, 8:32 AM
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The Hilo Elks Lodge encourages East Hawai‘i youth to participate in the upcoming Drug Awareness Contests sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

The Drug Awareness Program is dedicated to preventing the use of illicit drugs by the youth of our country as well as informing them of the dangers caused by the use of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.

Hilo Elks Lodge. Google Street image.

Hilo Elks Lodge. Google Street image.

As part of the program, Hilo Elks Lodge is inviting students to send in their submissions to the Drug Awareness poster, essay and video contests.

The theme for this year’s contests is “Just Say No”.



All students in the third to fifth grade are eligible to participate.


Poster size is 8.5 by 11 inches. Posters should be grammatically correct.

Use of copyrighted characters on the poster, except Elroy the Elk, is prohibited.

All entries will become the property of BPOE.


Posters are judged based on the theme, originality, neatness, grammar and without copyrighted characters (except Elroy).

Judging goes through local lodge, district (Hawai‘i) and state (California-Hawai‘i) levels.

The state-level winning poster will be submitted for entry into the National Elks contest and for inclusion in the Elks Drug Awareness Program Coloring Book.


All students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades are eligible to participate.

Essays are to be 250 words or less and typed, computer generated text, hand written or hand printed on 8.5 by 11 inch paper.

Each essay must be in a single file folder.

Essays are judged based on closeness to the theme, neatness, originality, and correct grammatical structure.

Judging will go through local lodge (Hilo), district (Hawai‘i State), and state (California-Hawai‘i) levels.


Individual or group entries from pre-high school, high school, and post graduate are welcome.

Videos should be two minutes to five minutes long on a flash drive or similar “mobile” media in readable format.

Videos should be based on this year’s theme “Just Say No” and have an anti-abuse message or making the right choice (e.g. anti-bullying, etc.)

Videos should not depict any copyrighted characters or trademarks with the exception of “Elroy the Elk”.

All video entries will become the property of BPOE.

Judging will be based on closeness to the theme, neatness, originality, age and language appropriateness, positive message, and quality of video.

Submission deadline by postmark or mail to Hilo Elks is Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Drop on or before the deadline to 150 Kino‘ole St. in Hilo.

If selected, submitter will be contacted to fill out consent and waiver forms.

There will be 19 district winners of $100 each. State winners include one third place of $300, one second place of $400 and one first place of $500.

For more information, contact the Hilo Elks Lodge at 935-1717 or email [email protected].

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