Haikufest 2023 – Winners

Mukai Farm & Garden is proud to announce the winners of Haiku Festival 2023!
The festival received over 570 haiku from 13 countries around the world. Prizes were awarded in five categories: Heritage, Nature, Reflections, Social Justice, and Young Poets.
A huge “Thank You!” to everyone that submitted haiku and/or donated to Mukai during our 4th annual Haiku Festival.
We couldn’t have done it without you!


Mom’s 3-by-5 card
Fold apple pieces gently
into the cake dough

Anne Spiers – Heritage

strawberry picking
my young daughter has sunshine
dripping down her chin

Kelly Sargent – Nature

on my window sill
all the packets of spring seeds
I never planted…

Adele Evershed – Reflections

caught on a riptide
a suitcase spills its contents
old shirts and new dreams

Adele Evershed – Social Justice

Salmonberries bloom
Morning dew settles on their
delicate petals

Juno Leonard – Young Poets (ages 1-12)

Stop war
by shaking hands
with sunflowers


Yoshiki Nobuhara – Young Poets (ages 13-18)

People’s Choice Award

Don’t see your name on the winner’s list? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to win the People’s Choice Award! From now through May 15th, you can vote for your favorite haiku using the form below.

For a complete list of the haiku submitted to Mukai Haiku Festival 2023, please click here. Be sure to take note of your favorite haiku’s “Participant Number” (i.e. N5, H12, SJ8, etc.).

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be anounced on Wednesday, May 17th. Only one vote per person please.

Enter the “Participant Number” of your favorite haiku. See pdf above.

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