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Hawaii whiz kids set to compete for the title of Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion

Sponsored by Kama`aina Kids

The Hawaii State Spelling Bee Championship, sponsored by Kama`aina Kids, returns to the New Hope Oahu auditorium on Sand Island Road on Friday, March 8, 2019.

This year, there are 14 girls and boys in the state championship. Each of the contestants was the winner of a spelling bee at their school and is either a winner or runner-up from seven regional spelling bees held across the Hawaiian Islands, so they are experienced in spelling difficult words before an audience and judges.

In each round, every student must spell a new word. Make one mistake, and they are out of the bee. The words get tougher with every round, so the final students have really studied hard to win. In the last few years, the Hawaii bee and many of the bees on the mainland have added a new twist: During one round, students must know the meaning of a word, and not just how to spell it.

The winner will represent Hawaii at the National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, DC.

About Kama`aina Kids
Kama’aina Kids is a private, non-profit, multi-service organization dedicated to serving children and their families through quality childcare programs. Its services include, but are not limited to, preschool programs, before and after school programs, day camps, environmental education programs, enrichment programs, sports clinics, convention childcare and hotel programs.

Kama’aina Kids is made up of several divisions employing approximately 1,000 employees and serving nearly 9,700 children and families daily. The organization is currently one of the largest childcare providers in the State of Hawaii offering  programs for preschool and school age children.

Understanding that children have needs based on their age and stage of development, the Preschool Division offers a number of programs. Through the implementation of the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum, each classroom is arranged to allow children the opportunity to explore and investigate their surroundings. In addition, staff have made a commitment to pursue accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) which are the ultimate seals of approval.

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