Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

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Past Toyota Hawaii Dream Car Art Contest winner. Courtesy photo.

What could future cars look like? What could they do? These are the questions the 6th annual Toyota Hawaii Dream Car Art Contest asks keiki 15 years old and younger.

A special perk for this year’s winners is a 3D print of their winning design by the College of Engineering at the University of Hawai‘i. Underscoring this new partnership and its commitment to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), Toyota Hawai’i is donating $5,000 to the College of Engineering.

An esteemed panel of judges will select the winners of this year’s contest. Locally renowned artists Kamea Hader and Mark Chai, and Assistant Dean Song K. Choi, Ph.D., from the UH College of engineering, will join a panel of celebrity judges including Justin Cruz, Brenton Awa and Lacy Deniz.


Entries will be accepted until Jan. 13, 2017. After the entry period, 10 selections from each age category will be judged in February.

The age categories are under 8, 8 to 12 and 12 to 15.

The Toyota Hawaii grand-prize winner in each age category will win an iPad mini 4; the first and second runners-up will each receive $100.


The top three entries from each age group also will be entered in the international competition, in which winners could win an all-expenses paid trip to Japan.

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

Last year’s international Toyota Dream Car Art World Contest attracted more than 875,000 entries from 81 different countries. Toyota Hawaii received 878 entries in its local competition last year.

“We very much believe in nurturing our creative thinkers of tomorrow,” said Rick Ching, president of Toyota Hawaiʻi. “It’s an exciting addition for us to have the 3D print of the winning designs through our new partnership with the College of Engineering.”

Past Toyota Hawaii Dream Car Art Contest winner. Courtesy photo.


The Toyota Dream Car Art 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, a collection of works and award trip commemorative movie/pictures.

How to enter:

  • Artists aged 15 and under may submit hand-drawn colorful artwork on 11- by-17-inch paper to any Toyota Hawaii dealership or mailed with postmark by Jan. 13, 2017.
  • Mail the submission to Toyota Dream Car Art Contest c/o Toyota Hawaii, 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.

For more contest information and full list of Toyota Hawaii dealership locations, go online.

Past Toyota Hawaii Dream Car Art Contest winner. Courtesy photo.

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