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5 Fun Facts about Shriners' “Under the Sea” Art Contest

(Sponsored) The winner's artwork will inspire the design for Shriners' newest imaging system.



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From Jan. 21 to Feb. 20, Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Honolulu invited all students 18 years and younger throughout the Islands to submit original, ocean-inspired artwork for its “Under the Sea” art contest. Once chosen, the winner’s artwork will be used as inspiration for the design of Shriners’ newest machine, the EOS® Imaging System. Here are some facts about the “Under the Sea” contest and Shriners’ amazing new X-ray technology.

 

1. There’s only one in the Pacific Basin.

 

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN – HONOLULU

 

Forget Hawai‘i—Shriners will be the first hospital in the entire Pacific Basin to offer the EOS Imaging System to patients. A Nobel Prize-winning technology, the EOS is able to give physicians a complete snapshot of their patients’ health with life-size, whole-body images.

 

2. It’s a safer option for patients like Venus.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu

 

Shriners patient Venus doesn’t let scoliosis get in the way of practicing gymnastics or wearing cute clothes. The EOS Imaging System will help reduce radiation exposure by up to 85% for patients who, like her, require regular X-rays due to scoliosis or orthopaedic conditions. (You can watch Venus’ story here.)

 

3. Artwork will be seen—and judged—by some local celebrities.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu

Photo: Courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu

 

A panel of local judges, including Hawai‘i State rep. Kaniela Ing, artist Patrick Ching, KITV’s Maleko McDonnell, KHON2’s Justin Cruz and Honolulu Museum of Art school director Vince Hazen to name a few, will have the tough task of determining the overall contest winner, plus one from each of the contest’s three age groups. Prizes total more than $2,000 for Hawai‘i’s students, one teacher and one local school.

 

4. Is this art a winner? You be the judge.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu

PHOTO: COURTESY OF SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN – HONOLULU

 

Eligible artwork will also be entered in the People’s Choice Award competition. Then, fate is in the hands of family, friends and fans of Shriners, who cast their votes to determine winners in each age group. Winners will receive $100, and all finalists, including their families and teachers, will be invited to Shriners hospital on April 8.

 

5. This was only made possible by generous donations.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu

Photo: Courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu

 

In the beginning of 2016, Shriners launched a yearlong campaign to raise $1 million for the EOS Imaging System. Thanks to grants, generous donations and phenomenal community support, the hospital was able to acquire a machine early this year and will help patients live healthier, happier lives.

 

For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu, visit ShrinersHonolulu.org.

 

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