Toyota Hawaii is inviting all Hawaii student artists age 15 years and younger to create a drawing of "Your Dream Car" for Toyota's seventh Dream Car Art Contest.
Hand-drawn entries must be submitted by Feb. 25 to any Toyota dealer in the state or mailed to Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, P.O. Box 2788, Honolulu 96803-2788. Entry forms can be found online at ToyotaHawaii.com, as well as at all Toyota Hawaii Dealerships.
All eligible artwork will be automatically entered into the People's Choice Competition.
Family, friends and fans of the Toyota Hawaii Facebook page will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entries beginning Jan. 15. The artwork with the most votes in each category will be automatically entered for final judging in the local competition.
The judging panel includes Department of Education Art in Public Places Artist in Residence Resource Teacher Evan Tottori, Honolulu Academy of Arts Academy Art Center at Linekona Director Vince Hazen, KHON2's Olena Heu, KITV's Mahealani Richardson, Hawaii News Now's Steve Uyehara and Toyota Hawaii's Glenn Inouye.
In March, the judging panel will select the artwork of nine local finalists to submit to the World Contest. One winner from each age group will receive an iPad Mini and the other two finalists in each category will each receive $150 cash.
If any of the Hawaii entries receives 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. All final awards ceremony participants will have a chance to meet Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda and Executive Vice President Yukitoshi Funo in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.
"Last year, 11-year-old Emily Stone of Kaneohe was the only U.S. representative selected to attend the awards ceremony at the World Contest. She was among only 30 finalists selected from more than 620,000 worldwide entries," said Glenn Inouye, senior vice president for Toyota Hawaii. "To say we were excited and proud of Emily is an understatement. We anticipate even more entries this year and look forward to seeing the amazing talent of our keiki as they create their dream car."
Last year's World Contest gold winners included two entrants from Thailand and a third from Romania.
Conducted as part of Toyota Motor Corp.'s social contribution activities, the contest gives children worldwide the opportunity to develop an interest in cars and helps them experience the joy and importance of having a dream. Last year's contest, the sixth since it was first held in 2004, attracted more than 620,000 entries from 70 countries and regions.
Student artists will compete in three age categories: under 10 years old; 10 to 12 years old; and 13 to 15 years old. The Toyota Hawaii dealership location for entry drop off on Maui is at Maui Toyota, 320 Hana Highway in Kahului.