HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Toyota Hawaii proudly announced today that 11-year-old Emily Stone, Kaneohe resident and Kamehameha Elementary School student, was selected among more than 620,000 entrants worldwide to participate in the final awards ceremony of Toyota's 6th Dream Car Art Contest to be held this August 28 in Japan. Stone, among only 30 finalists selected from the top 900 international entries in the World Contest, will be headed to Japan as the only representative of the United States.
"We are overjoyed that in Toyota Hawaii's first year of participating in this art competition, one of our very own talented keiki will be representing not only our state, but our country," said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President of Toyota Hawaii. "We are so proud of Emily and amazed at the incredible pool of creativity we've seen from Hawaii's students in this contest."
Stone and her family will be attending the awards ceremony this August in Japan. As part of their all-expenses-paid trip, the 30 finalists will meet Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda and Executive Vice President Yukitoshi Funo in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.
Stone's artwork, entitled "Kronen," is a vibrant drawing of a bubbly futuristic car parked in an open savanna. "Kronen," meaning "crown" in Norwegian, was selected by Stone because she noticed the word "crown" used in Toyota's most popular cars (e.g. Camry, Corolla, Corona). Stone's love of art, particularly the work of local artist-historian and author Herb
Kawainui Kane, inspired her to enter the contest.
"This will be my first trip to Japan. I'm so excited to meet Mr. Toyoda and all the other winners from around the world," said Emily Stone. "I'm shocked that I made it this far, but very happy and proud."
Stone's advice for other children interested in art: "If you really enjoy doing something, practice. Then you'll be able to get really good at the things you love."
Stone was awarded the first place prize in the Ages 10-12 Category in Toyota Hawaii's Dream Car Art Contest. Her artwork, along with 14 other Hawaii entrants, was submitted to the World Contest where she received "best finalist award" in her age group.
Toyota's 6th Annual Dream Car Art contest was open to all Hawaii students age 15 years and under. Students submitted hand-drawn entries based on the theme "Your Dream Car." Nearly 300 statewide entries were received during the contest period between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012. In March, five finalists in each of the three age categories were selected and received an award certificate and check for $150. Hawaii's judging panel included 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, TV Personality KHON2's Olena Heu and Toyota Hawaii's Glenn Inouye.
Although this was Toyota Hawaii's first year of participation, the contest was established in 2004 with the goals of creating an opportunity for children to have fun and to understand the importance of having a dream, and at the same time to encourage them to become interested in cars through drawing their "Dream Cars" using their creative imaginations.
Information on this year's contest will be posted HERE in the fall.