2021 Hawai’i Language Roadmap PSA Contest

By: Shayna Arakaki (1st prize UH Student Division)
By: Emma Lee and and Oilau Lee Hang-Mililani High School
(1st prize Seal of Biliteracy Cadidate Division)
By: Jay Ann Barrios and Alyssa Tugaoen (2nd prize UH Student Division)
By: Desiree Jay Malabed, John Jeffery Agorilla, Kimberly Delos Santos, Marianne Manmano
(3rd prize UH Student Division)

Note: Submission date extension to Sunday, March 21st, 2021.


We are pleased to announce that the Hawai`i Language Roadmap is hosting a Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest to promote awareness of best practices for community health and personal safety in our multilingual communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We welcome submissions from Class of 2021 Seal of Biliteracy candidates, as well as current UH students. Winners will be announced and have their video entries showcased during the 2021 virtual Multilingual Career Development Day (MCDD) on March 31, 2021.

The submission deadline for both the PSA video on Flipgrid and the submission form is 11:59 PM HST on Sunday, March 21st, 2021.


Division 1: Class of 2021 Seal of Biliteracy Candidates

First place $150

Second place $75

Third place $50

Division 2: Current UH Students

First place $150

Second place $75

Third place $50

Honorable mentions will be awarded based on judges’ scores.

Eligibility & Entry

  1. The PSA contest is open for all:
    • Class of 2021 students who are candidates for the Hawai`i Seal of Biliteracy
    • Current part-time and full-time University of Hawai`i students (Mānoa, Hilo, West O`ahu, Maui, and community college campuses).
  2. The PSA can be created independently or in a group of up to five (5) students.
  3. Register for the competition by filling out the online entry form:
    If you are going to participate as a group, one representative should fill out the form. Please include the student name(s) and school name. 


  1. IMPORTANT: The goal of this PSA contest is to spread awareness of best practices for community health and personal safety in our multilingual communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • For example, your PSA might address the importance of wearing a face mask, washing hands, getting the vaccine, etc. Our goal is to get the word out about these best practices to local communities where English is not the primary means of communication. 
    • We welcome submissions in one of the languages most commonly spoken in our local communities, specifically, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), Chuukese, Hawaiian, Ilokano, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese. 
  2. The PSA should be no longer than thirty (30) seconds.
  3. Videos must begin with a fade-in (black) and finish with a fade-out (black).
  4. Footage must have been shot and edited between February 1, 2020, and March 12, 2021. The PSA must have been written, produced, shot, and edited solely by the registered student(s). For submissions to the Class of 2021 Seal of Biliteracy Candidates’ Division, any assistance from teachers, supervisors, or other adults must be strictly advisory.  
  5. Do not reuse the same footage from other entries. Duplication of footage and/or script (even if the script is presented in a different language) in more than one submission may lead to disqualification. 
  6. All submissions are expected to follow copyright laws. 
    • Materials protected by copyright law include music, quotations, images, and video clips among other materials. 
    • If you do include such materials in your PSA, your use must be consistent with fair use rules. (See Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Online Video for more information about fair use.)
    • For any copyrighted materials in your PSA, you must give credit to the owner (e.g., author, composer, creator, etc.) of the material in the credits at the end of your PSA.  (Credits are not counted in the 30-second time limit for the PSA.) 
    • Failure to follow copyright laws may result in disqualification of the video entry.
  7. Only one (1) PSA submission is permitted per registered entry (i.e., one individual or one group cannot submit multiple PSAs). 
  8. The submission deadline for both the PSA video on Flipgrid and the submission form is 11:59 PM HST on Friday, March 12th, 2021.


  1. Upload the video onto flipgrid:  https://flipgrid.com/hawaii2317
    • Save your file using one of the following formats: .MOV or .MP4
    • The maximum size of the video file should not exceed 500 MB.
    • Name your file using the following format:

         surname of video creator_language of the video_first word of the title 

2. Complete the submission form: https://form.jotform.com/hawaii_roadmap/PSA2021

  • Fill out the top section of the form as instructed.
  • Include the name(s) and school/UH campus of the producer(s), the language of the PSA, and the title of the PSA at the top of the document.
  • Upload a PDF file containing the script and an English translation: 
    • Type the complete script for the PSA and an English translation of the script into one document and save it as a PDF file.  Provide an English translation of any written language that you include in the PSA, as well.
    • The file containing the script and translation(s) must be less than 10 MB.  
    • Name your file using the following format: 

    surname of video creator_language of the video_first word of the title

  • For evidence of eligibility, upload a PDF file containing the following:
    • For Seal of Biliteracy candidates: A letter or e-mail from a teacher, administrator, or administrative staff member of your school acknowledging receipt of your application for the Hawai‘i State Seal of Biliteracy. (Students who are registered as participants for the Roadmap’s 2021 Multilingual Career Development Day are automatically eligible to submit an entry.)
    • For UH students: A pdf or screenshot of your STAR page showing that you are enrolled as a student at UH for the Spring 2021 semester. The name on your application must match the name on the STAR page.
      • Failure to complete all sections of the submission form may result in your entry not being considered.


By submitting your video to the Roadmap PSA Contest, you understand and agree that your submission becomes the property of the Hawai`i Language Roadmap, and you permit the Hawai`i Language Roadmap to distribute, transmit and/or publish the video and/or screenshots from it in any non-commercial and non-profit promotional activities, including but not limited to airing the video on public access channels and making the video available on the internet, without any further permission.

Example Videos:

By: Shayna Arakaki