Keiki islandwide participate in annual Heluhelu Quiz Bowl in Waimea

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More than 80 students — from grades fourth through seventh — participated in the 3rd annual Big Island Heluhelu Quiz Bowl in Waimea earlier this month with two teams tying for the win.

  • Kanu o ka ‘Āina team during 3rd annual Heluhelu Quiz Bowl in Waimea on April 11, 2024. Photo courtesy: Kanu o ka ‘Āina
  • Kanu o ka ʻĀina with their kumu and award-wining author Jerry Craft at the 3rd annual Heluhelu Quiz Bowl on April 11, 2024. Photo courtesy: Kanu o ka ‘Āina

On April 11, teams islandwide gathered to compete at the Kahilu Theater. The quiz bowl was based on 30 award-winning middle grade books they have been reading over the past school year.

Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Craft was the quizmaster, reading the questions, revealing the answers after scores were tabulated, as well as keeping the audience enthralled with his stories about being the writer and artist of the well-known New Kid series.

The competition was so close that an additional set of tie-breaker questions had to be employed. At the end of that session, two teams emerged still tied.


The winning teams were Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy – Kamakani Class Act and Kanu o ka ʻĀina (Ka ʻOhā) ʻEkahi.

Nā ʻIo o Hōlualoa was the next team, with a score of just one less question answered correctly.

All teams took home certificates of participation, photos of themselves with Craft, a Target gift card, and an autographed copy of the author’s third title in the series – “School Trip.”


The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Library-Waikōloa Region.

Further information on this yearʻs event can be found on the Friends of the Library – Waikōloa Region website:, including the titles the students read, the rules and procedures, and an overview of the event.

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