PRSA Hawaii Accepting Entries For Its 27th Annual Koa Anvil Public Relations Awards

March 4, 2010

Save $25 when Submitting Entries by April 16th Early Bird Deadline

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Hawaii Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is now accepting entries for outstanding public relations programs and tactics completed in 2009. Winners will be recognized at the 27th Annual Koa Anvil Awards dinner on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki Resort and Golf Club.

Important dates for the 2010 Koa Anvil Awards are:

  • April 16, 5:00 p.m. – Early Bird Deadline
    • Save $25 on the awards entry fee! ($50 for PRSA Hawai‘i members and $75 for non-members)
  • April 30, 5:00 p.m. – Final Deadline
    • $75 for PRSA Hawai‘i members and $100 for non-members

Koa Anvil Awards categories include:

  • Koa Anvil Awards – Complete public relations programs incorporating sound research, planning, execution and evaluation
  • Koa Hammer Awards – Outstanding public relations tactics that are part of a communications campaign, including research and writing

Nominations are also being accepted for two individual recognition awards, the Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year and the Hokupaa Awards.

The Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year honors an exemplary practitioner who, during a distinguished career, has made a major contribution to the profession and has applied public relations techniques in a professional manner to achieve meaningful objectives. Previous recipients include Nancy Daniels, APR; Nathan Hokama; Sara Foley and Melissa Chang, APR; among others.

The Hokupaa Award, named after the North Star, is symbolic of a guiding force that always provides leadership to peers in the profession. This award recognizes a relative newcomer to public relations for demonstrating exceptional leadership potential and achievement in his/her initial years in the profession. Recent recipients include Michael Ni, former of McNeil Wilson Communications; Moani Wright-Van Alst, Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Rebecca Pang, Stryker Weiner and Yokota Public Relations; and Melissa Malahoff-Kamei, McNeil Wilson Communications.

Any individual may nominate a candidate for the award, but nominees should be PRSA Hawai‘i members. There are no entry fees for the nominations. Deadline for submission is April 16, 2010 and the winners will be announced as part of the Koa Anvil Awards ceremony.

The award categories, rules, and entry forms can be viewed or downloaded at For more information about the Koa Anvil Awards, please contact the Koa Anvil Committee at

PRSA Hawaii, chartered in 1947, was one of six founding chapters of PRSA. The society is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 20,000 members representing business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and not-for-profit organizations.

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Media Contact:
Noreen Kam
McNeil Wilson Communications, Inc.
(808) 539-3422

Oahu Publications to Acquire Honolulu Advertiser


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oahu Publications to Acquire Honolulu Advertiser

Honolulu, Hawaii — Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and Oahu Publications, Inc. (OPI) announced today they have reached an agreement for OPI to acquire The Honolulu Advertiser and related assets including website, non-daily publications and Gannett’s interest in Gannett will maintain its ownership of 605 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu. The financial terms were not disclosed.

“We have been very pleased and proud to be part of the Hawaii journalism community all these years but felt OPI’s offer to buy The Advertiser and its related assets was the right course for Gannett at this time,” said Bob Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing. “We greatly appreciate all of the hard work and contributions our employees have made and know that they will continue to do a terrific job serving this market in the years to come.”

“We are pleased to be able to purchase The Advertiser, a strong and excellent newspaper. We will endeavor to continue the tradition of good Hawaiian newspaper stewardship as exemplified in modern times by Twigg Smith and Gannett,” said David Black, chairman of OPI.

The sale is subject to regulatory and other approvals and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010. Because the Star Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser are daily newspaper competitors, OPI has discussed the purchase of The Advertiser with the Department of Justice and the Attorney General of Hawaii.

The Honolulu Advertiser was founded in 1856. Gannett purchased the paper in 1993.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international news and information company operating on multiple platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers, magazines and TV stations. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites;, the nation’s top employment site;; and more than 80 local sites. Gannett publishes 83 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 650 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in 19 U.S. markets. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites.

OPI is a private company that owns and publishes the Star-Bulletin daily newspaper, Midweek and other weekly newspapers and magazines. OPI also manages Internet sites and is engaged in commercial printing. The company was established in 2001. Its majority shareholder is Sound Publishing Holding Inc., a subsidiary of Black Press Ltd. Local shareholders include Jeffrey and Lynn Watanabe, Duane Kurisu, Larry and Claire Johnson, Island Holdings Inc., Daniel Case, and CS Wo and Sons Ltd.