Haiku Festival Winners

Mukai 2nd Annual Haiku Festival:  AND THE WINNERS ARE…

This year’s second annual Mukai Haiku Festival drew nearly 400 entries, mostly from Vashon Island but also from as far away as Poland and Croatia.  “We are very awed and grateful for the number and quality of haiku poems that came to us from throughout the world,” said Rita Brogan, President of Friends of Mukai.

Haiku were submitted in four major categories: Heritage, Nature, Social Justice and Young Poet, and reviewed by a panel of four judges: Mayumi Tsutakawa; Dr. Lawrence Matsuda, Michael Feinstein and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma. “The joy of judging this competition is seeing hundreds of people from age five to 100, try, and often succeed, in distilling a thought or life lesson into such a tiny and strict form,” said judge Michael Feinstein. Mukai’s 2021 Haiku Festival Jury selected the following winning haiku:


Cynthia Hernandez, Shoreline, First Place; Bruce Haulman Vashon, Honorable Mention


Anne Spiers, Vashon, First Place, Robert Fuerstenberg Vashon, Honorable Mention

Social Justice

Adi Shepard, First Place, Seattle; Sebastian Chrobak, Honorable Mention, Poland

Young Poet

Ella Odegaard Vashon, First Place, Juno Leonard Vashon, Honorable Mention

People’s Choice 

Tomosumi, Bellevue, WA

All the haiku entries can be seen at www.mukaifarmandgarden.org and on outdoor display throughout the Mukai Farm & Garden complex through the month of June. 

First Place Haiku include:



my ancestors’ dreams
bloom in me, a blossom tree
with deep roots and reach

       Cynthia Hernandez


More snow erases
the careful calligraphy
of windfall on ice.

  Anne Spiers

 Social Justice   

On the ground, Gasping
for fresh air, Praying to live
His skin becomes cold.

 Adi Shepard

 Young Poet      

I love beginnings
a chick named Jesse Owens
going places fast

    Ella Ødegaard 

 The People’s Choice Award

sand-covered barracks
the tower guard witnesses
racial injustice


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