Hawai‘i’s best auto technology high school students gathered for the first time at Honolulu Community College for the 2015 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge on Saturday, April 25 at Honolulu Community College.

“We are excited to welcome back the competition to our campus.  These high school students gained valuable experience testing their current knowledge base and working together as a team.  These are our future students and eventually future technicians,” says Bert Shimabukuro, Professor of the Automotive Technology program at Honolulu CC.


The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge is a nationwide automotive technology competition for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers as automotive service technicians. The competition tests students’ automotive knowledge, workmanship and problem-solving abilities with a written test and a hands-on race against the clock to diagnose and properly repair an intentionally “bugged” vehicle, prepared by current Honolulu CC Automotive students.


The industry remains one of the nation’s in-demand and well-paying careers.  The competition is sponsored by AAA Hawai‘i as a part of its efforts to attract more young adults to the profession. Six student teams from four high schools competed, according to competition chairman Avo Asdourian of AAA Hawai‘i:11187315_10152728811955741_7008937939434731606_o

1St Maui High School

Instructor – Shannon Rowe

Student – David Casayuran

Student – Joseph Burger


2nd Maui High School

Instructor – Julio Bayez

Student – Edgar Pollante

Student – Joey Lee

3rd Lahainaluna High School

Instructor – Jay Ramos

Student – Ravin Ah Puck

Student – Josiah Miguel


4th King Kekaulike High School

Instructor – Matt Doty I

Student – Justin Jose

Student – Shane Fernandez


5th King Kekaulike High School

Instructor – Petar Kovacic

Student – Noah Borling

Student – Troy Evans


6th Millilani High School

Instructor – Curtiss Hinden

Student –Brandon Yoshio Kalama Kobayashi

Student –Dylan Kahiwalani Kawada


The winning state team will travel to the 2015 national championship this summer at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.  Millions of dollars in scholarships and prizes will be up for grabs for top finishers at the national championship.


The Automotive Technology program at Honolulu CC is a comprehensive five-semester program master certified by the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) that prepares students for employment as automotive technicians.  The program has maintained its NATEF certification since 1993, undergoing a review every five years.  It is certified in all eight ASE areas: engine repair, automotive transmission and transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.