The Department of Education and Texaco Hawai’i Host the 29th Annual Texaco Honolulu District Elementary Speech Festival

Date: Apr 17, 2017

The 29th Annual Elementary Speech Festival, sponsored by Texaco Hawaiʻi and the Department of Education – Honolulu District, will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Kaimukī High School.  The festival is designed to encourage elementary schools to emphasize oral communications skills, one of the three key components of the Language Arts curriculum.

“This speech festival provides children an opportunity to not only reach another level in their oral communication skills but it also serves as a confidence booster,” said Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Mulcahy, Office of Curriculum Instruction and Student Support.

“We’re grateful for partners like Texaco who understand the value of aligning our content standards with festivals that showcase our student learning.”

The festival is open to Honolulu District students from grades 3-5, with up to 15 student participants per school. The purpose of the event will be to provide opportunities for students to meet the following content standards:

  • Students will communicate orally using various forms.
  • Students will apply knowledge of verbal and nonverbal language to communicate effectively.
  • Students will adapt messages appropriate to audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Students will demonstrate confidence as communicators, and find value and satisfaction in communicating with others.

Schools may enter up to 15 students in any of the following five categories:

  1. Choral Reading
  2. Group Interpretation
  3. Oral Interpretive Reading
  4. Poetry
  5. Storytelling

Judging for the festival will be conducted on a strictly non-competitive basis.  The purpose of the festival is to encourage elementary students to develop their speech skills by providing them with feedback for self-improvement. The judging panel will be made up of Island Energy Services employee volunteers, as well as volunteers from supporting educational, business, and community groups. Every participant will receive a custom-designed medal for his or her efforts during the event.

“Texaco is a Chevron brand, and we are proud to continue to build upon our 28 years of sponsorship by supporting the Speech Festival again this year,” said Carina Tagupa, Communications and Community Engagement Manager for Island Energy. “The Speech Festival is an opportunity for us to get involved and better informed about public education in Hawaiʻi, and we are excited to work with the students to help them develop and improve their oral communication skills.”

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 12:15 PM
  • Site: Kaimukī High School
  • Sponsor: Texaco Hawaiʻi & Department of Education – Honolulu District
  • Award: A custom designed medal for each participant.



Island Energy Services, LLC is an entity controlled by One Rock Capital Partners, L. P., a New York-based private equity firm. Island Energy is headquartered in Kapolei, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and, through its wholly owned affiliates IES Downstream LLC, and IES Retail, LLC, operates assets previously owned and operated by Chevron U.S. A., Inc. including a refinery, interest in a network of retail services stations statewide, four product distribution terminals and related logistical assets. For more information, visit:

For media inquiries, please contact:

Carina Tagupa, Island Energy

Communications and Community Engagement Manager

(808) 271-7234

Jackie Smythe, Anthology Marketing Group

Executive Vice President

(808) 539-3426


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