Hawaii’s keiki can win a trip to Japan by showing off their artistic skills in the 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Students age 15 years and younger are invited to enter a drawing of “Your Dream Car” for the 2014 contest–hosted by Toyota Hawaii. One winner could score a trip to Japan to participate in the Toyota Motor Corporation world competition.
Each entry must follow a specific concept. This year’s concept vehicles must have an element that helps society live in harmony with the environment. Those entering the competition are encouraged to create a “dream car” with one of three themes: conservation/environmentally friendly vehicles; automobiles that promote world peace; or concept cars that encourage helping others.
“Last year we received more than 600 entries from local students, double from the previous year,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President for Toyota Hawaii. “This year, we hope to receive 1,000 entries. We invite all local keiki to share ideas about the future of transport by drawing their dream cars. We at Toyota believe in nurturing the creativity of the next generation of great inventors, thinkers and dreamers.”
In addition to a grand prize winner, finalists from Hawaii can win an iPad Mini or cash. As a new addition to this year’s competition, Toyota Hawaii will award five teachers throughout the state a $250 gift card for art materials and supplies.
Original, hand-drawn entries can be submitted to Toyota dealers statewide or mailed to Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, P.O. Box 2788, Honolulu, Hawaii 96803-2788. All entries must be received by Jan. 31, 2014. Entry forms and rules are available at all Toyota Hawaii Dealerships or online at ToyotaHawaii.com.
Additionally, all eligible artwork will be automatically entered into the People’s Choice Competition where family, friends, and fans of the Toyota Hawaii Facebook page can vote for their favorite entries. Voting will be open between Feb. 17 and Mar. 9. Individuals are allowed to vote daily. The artwork with the most votes in each age category will be entered for final judging in the local competition.
The top winner in three age categories–under 8 years old; 8- to 11-year-olds and 12- to 15-year-olds–will receive an iPad Mini. Second and third place winners will each receive $100. The entrant with the most votes in each age category for the People’s Choice Contest will receive $100.
New this year is a teacher recognition award. During the contest period, each teacher who submits student artwork will be entered to win a $250 gift card for school/art supplies. One random winner will be selected from Maui, Kauai and the Big Island–and two from Oahu.
In March 2014, nine local finalists selected by the judging panel will be submitted to the world contest. If any of the Hawaii entries receive merits in the world contest, those students will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan to participate in the final awards ceremony in August 2014. All students making it to the final awards will have a chance to meet Toyota Motor Corporation’s top executives in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.
Artwork submitted by last year’s contest finalists will be on display at Kahala Mall from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 and at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Academy Art Center at Linekona Jan. 1-30.
In 2012, Emily Stone of Kaneohe earned a trip to Japan where she was the only U.S. representative among 30 international students awarded at the world competition.
Photo: “Procrastination Time” by Bridget O’Connor, winner in the 13-15 year old division in the 2013 contest