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Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Lets Kids Draw Their Ideas of Future Cars

October 20, 2016, 8:37 AM HST
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Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Lets Children Draw Their Ideas of Future Cars

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Lets Children Draw Their Ideas of Future Cars

What could future cars look like? This is the question that the 6th annual Toyota Hawaiʻi Dream Car Art Contest is asking keiki 15 years old and younger.

The contest gives keiki the chance to share their ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars. A part of Toyota Motor Corporation’s social contribution initiative since 2004, the worldwide contest aims to foster creativity, imagination and vision.

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 17, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017. After the entry period, 10 entries in each age category will be selected for final judging on Feb. 27.

The age categories are: Under 8, 8-12, 12-15. Entries submitted to Toyota Hawaiʻi will be reviewed to ensure eligibility prior to being entered into the Toyota Hawaiʻi’s Dream Car Contest.

Locally renowned artists and celebrities will serve on the panel of judges, which will be announced later this month.


A People’s Choice Competition will be held from Feb. 13 to 26, 2017. The entry with the most votes in each age category will automatically be entered in the final judging.


The Toyota Hawaiʻi grand-prize winner in each age category will win an iPad mini 4™, while the first and second runners-up will each receive $100. The top three entries from each age group also will be submitted for judging in TMC World Competition where winners could win an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan.

Hawaiʻi has a history of sending winners to Japan including Emily Stone of Kaneʻohe in 2013, Teah Laupapa of Kapolei and Emma Thain of Koloa in 2014.

Last year’s international contest attracted more than 875,000 entries from 81 different countries. Toyota Hawaiʻi received 878 entries for its local competition last year.


“At Toyota Hawaiʻi, we believe in encouraging the next generation of visionaries, creatives, problem-solvers, and thinkers,” said Rick Ching, president of Toyota Hawaiʻi. “We always look forward to the ideas that our keiki dream up and are excited to submit our winning entries to the worldwide judges. We’re looking for our next big winners.”

This year, all finalist entries will have their artwork exhibited at Kahala Mall for a special media, friends and family pop-up exhibition, celebrating all finalists.

The TMC World Contest gold, silver, bronze, special award winners and two parents/guardians will be awarded a trip to Japan to participate in the Toyota World Contest Award Ceremony. Winners will also receive an award certificate, collection of works, and award trip commemorative movie/pictures.

How to enter:

Artists, age 15 and under, may submit hand-drawn colorful artwork on 11×17 paper to any Toyota Hawaiʻi dealership or mailed to:

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
c/o Toyota Hawaiʻi
P.O. Box 2788
Honolulu, HI 96803

Coloring pencils, crayons, watercolors or markers may be used, however, digital tools are not allowed. Remember to include a brief background of your vehicle explaining what it does. Your picture could be seen all over the world, so make sure people from different cultures will be able to understand it.

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