Student artists sought for 2015 Dream Car contest

MEDIA RELEASE

There’s only a little time left for Toyota Hawaii’s 2015 Dream Car Art Contest, open to all students age 15 years and younger statewide.

Entrants can create original, hand-drawn illustrations of “Your Dream Car” and finalists will receive an iPad Mini or cash prize, and will be submitted to the WorldCompetition, where they could be selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan to attend the final awards ceremony in the summer of 2015.

Entry forms and rules are available online at www.ToyotaHawaii.com and at all Toyota Hawaii Dealerships.

Important Details:

· Entry forms are posted online at www.ToyotaHawaii.com, and are available at all Toyota Hawaii dealerships statewide.

· Students MUST use the correct-sized paper (11 inches by 17 inches) and complete the official entry form for their entry to be considered.

· Entries must be postmarked ordropped off at a Toyota Hawaii Dealer by Jan. 31, 2015. Mailed entries may be sent to 2015 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest P.O. Box 2788, Honolulu, Hawaii 96803-2788.

· If any of the Hawaii entries receive merit awards in the World Contest, those students and two of their parents/guardians, respectively, will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan to attend the final awards ceremony in the summer of 2015. All awards ceremony participants will have a chance to meet Toyota Motor Corporation Vice President Yasumori Ihara.

Entrants are encouraged to create their “dream car”-themed art with Toyota Motor Corporation’s core concepts in mind:

· Conservation/environmentally friendly cars

· Cars that promote world peace

· Concept cars that encourage helping others

Student artists will compete in the following three age categories: The top winner in each will receive an iPad Mini; second and third place winners will receive $100 cash.

· Under 8 years old

· 8- to 11-years-old

· 12- to 15-years-old

Important Dates:

· Jan. 31, 2015: Entries due. Contest closes at end of day.

· Feb. 23 to March 10, 2015: Voting period for the People’s Choice competition.

· March 2015: Judging takes place; finalists notified.

· April 18, 2015: Toyota Hawaii awards ceremony for local finalists.

“Last year, we received more than 500 entries from local students, and two young artists’ award-winning drawings were selected for the world contest,” said Glenn Inouye, Toyota Hawaii Senior Vice President. “This year, we hope to receive 1,000 entries, as we invite all local keiki to share ideas about the future of transportation by drawing their dream cars. We at Toyota believe in nurturing the creativity of the next generation of great inventors, thinkers, and dreamers.”

Emma Thain’s “Construct-O-Mobile” and Teah Laupapa’s “Introducing the Pocket Car” artwork earned them both trips to Japan last year. The Hawaii finalists were two of only 30 young artists from around the world chosen as a 2014 World Finalist.

Public voting

All eligible artwork will be automatically entered into the People’s Choice competition where family, friends, and fans of the Toyota Hawaii Facebook page will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entries between Feb. 23 and March 10.

People are encouraged to vote daily, and each vote will be automatically tallied. The artwork with the most votes in each age category at the end of the competition will be entered for final judging in the local competition.

In addition, the entrant with the most votes in each age category for the People’s Choice competition will receive $100.

Celebrity judges

In March, the artwork of nine local finalists will be selected by a distinguished local judging panel and will be submitted to the Toyota Dream Car World Contest in Japan.

Last year’s international contest attracted more than 600,000 entries from 70 countries and regions.

The Hawaii celebrity judging panel includes Department of Education Art in Public Places Artist in Residence Resource Teacher Evan Tottori, Honolulu Museum of Art School Director Vince Hazen, KHON2’s Justin Cruz, Hawaii News Now’s Grace Lee, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson, and Toyota Hawaii’s Glenn Inouye.

Toyota Hawaii dealership locations for entry drop off:

SERVCO TOYOTA HONOLULU

2850 Pukoloa St. Suite #200,

Honolulu

Sales: 808-564-1100

SERVCO TOYOTA WINDWARD

45-655 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe

Sales: 808-564-1400

SERVCO TOYOTA WAIPAHU

94-729 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu

Sales: 808-564-1000

SERVCO TOYOTA KAUAI

4337 Rice St., Lihue

Sales: 808-245-6978

BIG ISLAND TOYOTA (KONA)

74-5504 Kaiwi St., Kailua Kona

Sales: 808-329-8517

BIG ISLAND TOYOTA (HILO)

811 Kanoelehua Ave., Hilo

Sales: 808-935-2920

MAUI TOYOTA

320 Hana Hwy., Kahului

Sales: 808-877-2781

— Find out more:

www.ToyotaHawaii.com