HONOLULU – (July 29, 2017) As the Hawaii chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) marks its 70th anniversary this year, it celebrated the best in Hawaii’s public relations industry at the 34th Annual Koa Anvil Awards ceremony Friday night.

In front of more than two hundred attendees at the Prince Waikiki, PRSA Hawaii handed out a total of 89 awards in two main categories:

  • Koa Anvil Awards for outstanding public relations programs and campaigns
  • Koa Hammer Awards for tactics that are part of a communications campaign

The Best of Show award, which honors the campaign that received the highest score in the Anvil category, went to Honolulu PR agency Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc. for its campaign on behalf of the Hawaii Community Foundation. Bennet Group Strategic Communications received the most awards with a total of 20.

PRSA Hawaii also honored industry leaders and recognized up-and-coming talent within the public relations field:

  • Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year AwardMele Pochereva, APR, Mele Pochereva Public Relations
  • Hokupa‘a Young Public Relations Professional of the Year Award Michelle M.D. Hee, Anthology Marketing Group
  • President’s Leadership AwardDarlene Morikawa, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Hall of Honor AwardB.J. Whitman, APR, Fellow PRSA

The chapter also recognized five members who received their Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential in the past year – Jennifer Armstrong, APR; Jocelyn Collado, APR; Liane Hu Okumura, APR; Melissa Torres-Laing, APR; and Theresa van Greunen, APR. The APR is a mark of distinction for PR professionals.

Established in 1983, the Koa Anvil Awards captures and celebrates the four rings of excellence for which the Koa Anvil competition is judged: research, planning, execution and evaluation. It is a competition to develop better plans, use creativity to produce better results, increase professional skill to produce the best public relations programs and tools that keep the professional motivated and moving forward.

About PRSA Hawaii

Chartered in 1947, PRSA Hawaii is one of six founding chapters of PRSA. Committed to advancing the standards of the public relations profession, the chapter’s mission is to build value, understanding, and the demand of public relations professionals in Hawaii. For more information visit prsahawaii.com.

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