Auto Body Hawaii Announces Winner of Senior Essay Contest

Auto Body Hawaii has announced the winner of this year’s Senior Essay Contest answering the question: “What was your biggest ‘Moment of Awesomeness’ in your life?”

All senior year students from West & North Hawaii’s schools were invited to participate.  This year’s student winner is Neena Charles from Makua Lani Christian Academy. She wins a $1000 cash prize.

Neena Charles wins this year’s Auto Body Hawaii Essay Contest

Ms. Charles’ essay, titled “My Moment of Awesomeness: Home Alone,” described how, in addition to her school work load as a senior, she had to step into the role of parent to her two young siblings while her mother and father had to attend to business in the Philippines for weeks, even months at a time. Her essay not only described a crash course in multitasking, it exemplified maturity and a deep sense of responsibility.

An excerpt of her essay follows:

“By the end of the several weeks my parents were gone, I felt a sense of accomplishment and maturity. In the end, what left the deepest impression was the value of never giving up. The act of playing the role as both my mom and dad was the ultimate event that marked my transition from childhood to adulthood. With so many responsibilities on my plate, I was able to learn how to manage my time better, be more on top of my work, and become more organized. Through this experience, I have gained a greater understanding of the duties of an adult and the hard work that is needed to get things done.”

The full essay is posted on the Auto Body Hawaii website; www.autobodyhawaii.com.

Call Tracey Taylor, 329-2544; tracey@autobodyhawaii.com, for more information.

Winner Announced for 2016 Auto Body Hawaii Senior Essay Contest

All senior year students from West & North Hawaii’s schools were invited to participate.  This year’s student winner is Simon Ellis from Konawaena.  He wins a $1000 cash prize.

Konawaena Student Simon Ellis was the 2016 Auto Body Hawaii Essay Winner

Konawaena Student Simon Ellis was the 2016 Auto Body Hawaii Essay Winner

Mr. Ellis’s essay, titled “Eclectic Election,” discussed how the current presidential race is generating a conversation amongst teens through social media and its potential impact on topics of teens’ interests. He chose not to write about one particular party but how, more than any other time, teens are actively getting involved in the political arena and how their involvement can make a difference.

An excerpt of his essay follows:

“In school, it has never been uncommon for students to discuss politics in Social Studies and History classes.  These days it’s not uncommon for students to discuss them electively in their free time.  The lunch room talk has moved away from “who’s her boyfriend” to “what is her stance on foreign policy.” I think that one reason teens are so much more involved in the democratic process this year in particular is that social media gives us the ability to discuss the issues like never before. Not only do we talk about current events at school, but we can also talk about them at home and immediately voice our ideas to the rest of the world.  This open dialogue is not only attractive to teens who want to have their voices heard, but also to those of us who want to learn more and see other people’s point of view.”

The full essay is posted on the Auto Body Hawaii website; www.autobodyhawaii.com.

 

Auto Body Hawaii and Ka’analike Donating Three Cars to Families of Need

Auto Body Hawaii, in association with Ka’analike, is gearing up to donate three reconditioned vehicles to families of need. On Friday August 23rd at 6pm Auto Body Hawaii, during their 40th anniversary celebration, will be providing three vehicles to families preselected by Officer Nalani Freitas.

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Auto Body Hawaii recognizes this as a great way of giving back to the local community that supports us. We are excited to be able to provide valuable transportation to a family in need; we can put this car, and future cars, back safely on the road and into the hands of those who can really use them. Auto Body Hawaii is providing the vehicles in commemoration of their 40th year in business. In August 1973 Auto Body Hawaii opened for business in a small space in a warehouse on Luhia Street. Forty years and thousands

of satisfied customers later Auto Body Hawaii has grown with the West Hawaii community.

Starting with a single employee, over the years Auto Body Hawaii is proud to have since provided employment to hundreds of Hawaii residents. Dale Matsumoto, current president, claims the longevity of the business is due to company values; “we strive to provide excellent quality with exceptional customer service. Honesty is what people expect & that we provide.” Call Tiffiny Taylor, 329-2544; tiffiny@autobodyhawaii.com, for more information

West Hawaii’s Annual D.A.R.E. Day Celebration

On May 2nd 2013, Auto Body Hawaii will partner with the Kailua Fire Department & the D.A.R.E. Program in West Hawaii’s annual D.A.R.E. Day celebration.

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Auto Body Hawaii will be providing a totally damaged vehicle to be used as a visual aid in an effort to teach children about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs & alcohol.

This will mark the 6th time Auto Body Hawaii has directly partnered with the fire department & local first responders by providing them access to vehicles that have been damaged so they may learn how to respond more effectively to accidents.

2013 Auto Body Hawaii Student Essay Contest

Auto Body Hawaii is announcing their 2nd annual Senior Essay Contest.  Auto Body Hawaii will provide West Hawaii ’s graduating High School Seniors the opportunity to showcase their writing skills for the chance to win $500.

Auto Body Hawaii will also award $500, as well as a gift certificate for a Super Wash Detailing Service; to the winning High School teacher.

2012 winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School. Congratulations Brandt!

2012 winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING SENIORS (Click Here)
Showcase your writing skills for the chance to win $500. Email your essay to essay@autobodyhawaii.com by April 19th 2013. Write “Senior Essay” in the subject line of your email message.

WEST HAWAII HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS (Click Here)
We have added a second contest to include you. We know often you choose to spend your own money to buy additional supplies your classes need. Auto Body Hawaii would like to help, we are providing you the opportunity to win $500, as well as a gift certificate for a Super Wash Detailing Service; to spend in your classroom as you see fit by participating in our annual essay contest.
Email your essay to essay@autobodyhawaii.com by April 19th 2013. Write “Teacher Essay” in the subject line of your email message.

Essay Contest Rules
The length of the essay must be between 650-750 words. Only one essay submission will be accepted per student. All words will be counted. All entries must be submitted as an electronic file in either Microsoft Word or MAC Pages format. Once essays are submitted they may not be re-submitted for any reason. The heading of the essay must include the following: Title, Name of Student or Teacher, Contact Info (Address, Phone Number, email address), School Attending.

Essays will be judged on Content using the Following Scale of Points:

  • Knowledge of subject – 15
  • Practically of proposal – 45
  • Originality – 25
  • Subject matter well organized/clarity of presentation – 15

Essay Contest is open to all High School graduating senior students from the following West Hawaii High Schools:

  • Kealakehe High School
  • Makua Lani High School
  • Konawaena High School
  • West Hawaii Explorations Academy
  • Kanu O Ka’aina Charter School
  • Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino
  • Honokaa High School
  • Kohala High School
  • Hualalai Academy
  • Parker School
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy

2013 Essay Contest Question
“Among many is a growing sentiment that post-secondary education may not be an option for a number of graduating high school students. A worrying report indicates that approximately 62% of West Hawaii’s graduates did not pursue further education; some may have had prior obligations, some may have not been able to bear the cost, while others simply had no interest. What opportunities do you think can be created for graduating students who are not pursuing further education and decide to remain here in West Hawaii?”

Contest Deadline
Entries must be emailed to essay@autobodyhawaii.com by April 19th, 2013.

Official Rules
Participation in contest and acceptance of prize constitutes each entrant’s and winner’s permission to use his/her name, likeness, photograph, biographical information, essay, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Contest or Auto Body Hawaii for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, entrants and all prize winners agree to release and hold harmless Auto Body Hawaii, their respective advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries,affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees,officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, or participation in contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way, may be disqualified.

Questions can be sent to: essay@autobodyhawaii.com

Auto Body Hawaii – Second Annual Senior Essay Contest

Auto Body Hawaii is announcing their 2nd annual Senior Essay Contest. This year an additional contest has been added for West Hawaii High School teachers.

2012 Essay Contest Winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School.

2012 Essay Contest Winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School.

Auto Body Hawaii will provide West Hawaii’s graduating High School Seniors the opportunity to showcase their writing skills for the chance to win $500.  Auto Body Hawaii will also award $500, as well as a gift certificate for a Super Wash Detailing Service; to the winning High School teacher. Teachers often choose to spend their own money to buy additional supplies for classes need;  Auto Body Hawaii would like to help.

Here is 2013’s essay theme: “Among many is a growing sentiment that post-secondary education may not be an option for a number of graduating high school students. A worrying report indicates that approximately 62% of West Hawaii’s graduates did not pursue further education; some may have had prior obligations, some may have not been able to bear the cost, while others simply had no interest.

What opportunities do you think can be created for graduating students who are not pursuing further education and decide to remain here in West Hawaii?”

Contest deadline is April 19th 2013. For a list of invited participating schools & contest rules please visit: www.autobodyhawaii.com Call Tiffiny Taylor, 329-2544; essay@autobodyhawaii.com for more information.

Auto Body Hawaii Announces Senior Essay Contest Winner

Auto Body Hawaii has announced the winner of this year’s Senior Essay Contest answering the question: “How Can Businesses Better Serve Their Communities”.  All seniors students from schools from West & North Hawaii were invited to attend and many wonderful essays were received.

The winner is Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School. Mr. Mabuni was awarded with a $1,000 cash prize at Makua Lani’s senior award event on May 24th. The Essay is posted on the Auto Body Hawaii website; www.autobodyhawaii.com.

Here is the winning essay:

Businesses are essential to the life of a community—in similar ways to how bones are essential to the life of the body. The support that bones provide is invaluable to the body as a whole. However, they are also vital in other functions like enabling movement, storing minerals, and creating blood. Likewise, I believe that a good business should be a multifunctioning entity that supports the community, enables change, builds community prosperity, and creates energy and life within a community. Completing these four functions in a community can be done in a variety of practical and creative ways, but it will be ineffective without one thing: authenticity. When this crucial element combines with the four functions above, both the business and the community around it will meet harmonious growth.

A business is not usually the first part of the community you think of as a strong foundation in times of need. But small and local businesses like Auto Body Hawaii are able to be these foundations that the people can lean on because they genuinely care about those around them. The community would be most impressed, if for example, they saw the employees of a company doing volunteer work cleaning up and repairing after a disaster like the tsunami last year. This could be done by closing the business down for a day or two and making volunteer work the tasks of the employees. This would advertise in a very positive way because it would impress the community with the idea that the business values community health even more than its profits. Once the company establishes a name of trust and integrity with the people, it becomes easier to serve the community.

A business also holds the capabilities to power the change that people often look for. It should gear itself towards a particular issue or two of the community that it can help. For example, here in West Hawaii a business could lead a community-wide campaign to save water, energy, or materials. A business could also lead a campaign for a global issue. When a company is willing to back an organization of goodwill ranging anywhere from The Salvation Army to the Water For Life project, people can identify with such projects because they know they can trust them. For example, a local business wanting to support water supply in third world countries could advertise for both themselves and the project by donating an amount of its profits to Water For Life. Distributing promotional materials to the public linking itself to the nonprofit organization would enable the business to hold events or rallies for global issues.

You reach the heart of the people by serving the issues at hand—no matter if it is on a local or global scale.

Two functions of bones—mineral storage and blood creation, are interrelated to each other, just as building community prosperity and building community life are. Building community prosperity is a process that occurs naturally by the work of collective business efforts if they are fiscally successful. However, a business that serves the people realizes that creating energy and life in the community is just as important as creating wealth because without the community spirit and unity, a society remains weak.

A business can bring this type of dynamism to the community by hosting events of all sorts, whether it be the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Relay for Life, Zumba Fridays, a cultural festival, or anything else. Even if these events are too large for a small local business to plan on its own, it can at least contribute some effort towards them so that the community sees that the business holds a high priority on serving the community.

However, people are naturally cynical and can easily see through a business that is merely putting on a cheap scheme to help its profits. To display that a business genuinely values service towards the community, simply be a business that values people, its employees, and its customers more than anything else. I believe small local businesses like Auto Body Hawaii already have the answer to be these things for the community; they just need the faith and support to do it.