Maui’s Carolyn Bush of Kamali’i Elementary School was presented with a $250 gift card for participating in Toyota Hawaii’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Bush was one of only four teachers recognized in this new component of the contest. Additional winners included Kerry Ogawa of Mt. View Elementary on the Big Island; Glenda Salvador of Holomua Elementary on Oahu; and Darlene Oshiro of Wahiawa Middle School (Oahu). The gift card is to be used exclusively for school supplies.
The international art contest was established in 2004 with the goals of creating an opportunity for children to have fun and to understand the importance of having a dream, while at the same time to encourage them to become interested in cars through drawing their “Dream Cars” using their creative imaginations.
Twelve students were selected as local finalists. Among the more than 500 entries received, nine students were selected to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii; the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014.
“It gives us great pleasure to submit our finalists’ artwork into the World Contest,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President representing the Toyota Hawaii dealers. “Family and friends really rallied for their loved ones by encouraging the public to vote for their favorite entries in the People’s Choice Competition on our Facebook page. We received nearly 3,000 votes through Toyota Hawaii’s Facebook page.”
In the under eight years old category, the first place winner was Ryan Handa, age 7, of Kainalu Elementary School (Kailua); second and third place in the category went to Jackson Endo, age 7 of Aina Haina Elementary School (Honolulu).
Sheena Rae Reyes, age 10, from Waimalu Elementary School (Aiea) won first place in the ages 8-11 category. Second place went to Karli Enos, age 11, of Kapolei Middle School (Kapolei). The third place winner was Emma Thain, age 11, of Koloa, Kauai (home-schooled).
Winners in the ages 12-15 category include first place Emily Stone, age 13, of Kamehameha Middle School (Kaneohe); second place Teah Laupapa, age 12, Kapolei Middle School (Kapolei); and third place Rachelle Marie Lariba, age 13, also from Kapolei Middle School.
The winner in each category received an iPad Mini and all other finalists each received $100 cash. All nine finalists’ entries have been submitted into the World Contest where winners will be announced this August. All finalists of the World Contest will enjoy a celebration in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, where they will meet Toyota Motor Corporation’s top executives.
From Feb. 17 to Mar. 9, Toyota Hawaii’s Facebook friends had the opportunity to view all eligible entries and vote for their favorites in each of the three age groups. The Facebook contest received an overwhelming response of nearly 3,000 votes and more than 6,500 unique visitors to the contest page. The People’s Choice winners were awarded $100 cash and were automatically entered for final judging in the local competition for receiving the most votes in each category: Winners were Jackson Endo, age 7, Aina Haina Elementary School (Honolulu); Charlize Adrienne Agag, age 8, Kalihi Waena Elementary School (Honolulu); and Teah Laupapa, age 12, Kapolei Middle School (Kapolei).
This year’s judging panel included Department of Education Art in Public Places Artist in Residence Resource Teacher Evan Tottori, Honolulu Museum of Art School Assistant Director Pearlyn Salvador, Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin, KHON2’s Kanoe Gibson, Shriners Hospitals for Children–Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson, and Toyota Hawaii’s Glenn Inouye.
Photo courtesy of John Henry