The University of Hawaiʻi Bookstore System kicks off the new school year with the release of its 2015 student-designed HI Pride T-Shirt. The winning design comes from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student Niki Thomas of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The annual HI Pride T-Shirt Design Contest, now in its fourth year, is open to all UH students each spring. Students are asked to submit designs that show what “HI Pride” or “Hawaiʻi Pride” means to them. Semi-finalist designs are put online for a public vote.
2015 winner Niki Thomas received 885 votes for her design that features a script typeface of “HI Pride” and the Hawaiian island chain. She says her design shows her appreciation of the “exceptional diversity of these islands.” Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas is studying astronomy and biology at UH Hilo.
As the contest winner, Thomas will receive a $200 UH Bookstores gift card, her very own HI Pride T-shirt and a $100 prize pack of school supplies from UH Hilo Bookstore. Prizes will also go to Brandy Kahawai of Windward Community College for her runner-up design.
HI Pride T-shirts are printed in each UH campus’ color and feature the words “University of Hawaiʻi” to promote school spirit. Students receive a discount on their first 2015 HI Pride T-shirt purchased with valid UH student ID.
HI Pride T-shirts and official University of Hawaiʻi licensed apparel may be purchased at any UH Bookstore or online at www.bookstore.hawaii.edu. All proceeds from UH Bookstore purchases support the University of Hawaiʻi.