Accreditation in Public Relations 

The APR Scholarship Application is available in both PDF and Word format for download.

The Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice, and who are selected on the basis of broad knowledge, strategic perspective, experience, and sound professional judgment. Accreditation elevates the stature of the profession, public relations societies and individual APRs. As employers demand more strategic, sophisticated communications counsel from their public relations staff, there is growing reliance on professional certification as a hiring and promotion criterion, both in the U.S. and abroad.

For information on accreditation, contact PRSA Hawaii Accreditation Co-Chair Liane Hu Okumura, APR.

Apply for an APR Scholarship Today!

The PRSA Hawaii APR scholarship program was established to encourage and support qualified public relations professionals in Hawaii to pursue the APR credential by providing financial assistance and resources. The APR is the only certification for public relations practitioners and recognizes significant knowledge, skills, and abilities in the practice of public relations.

Up to two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded in 2020 to help recipients cover the expenses associated with the APR certification process. Please download, complete and submit the application form to PRSA Hawaii Accreditation Director Liane Hu Okumura, APR, by the deadline to be considered for a 2020 APR scholarship.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2020 PRSA Hawaii APR Scholarship is Dec. 31, 2021. Qualifying applications will be approved and scholarships awarded on a first come, first-served basis.

Current PRSA Hawaii Members

  • Jennifer Armstrong, APR
  • Kristen Bonilla, APR
  • Jocelyn Collado, APR
  • Janet Crawford, APR
  • Duke Gonzales, APR
  • Krista L. Groothuis, APR
  • Amy Hennessey, APR
  • Nathan Hokama, APR
  • Linda Howe, APR
  • Catherine Howland, APR
  • Liane Hu Okumura, APR
  • Ralph Kam, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Phyllis Kanekuni, APR
  • Stafford Kiguchi, APR
  • William Matthew Knight, APR+M
  • Shawn Nakamoto, APR
  • Minh-Huyen Nguyen, APR
  • Maribell Pabalan, APR
  • David Pettinger, APR
  • Mele Pochereva, APR
  • Franklin Santana, APR
  • Mark Santoki, APR
  • Donda Spiker, APR
  • Sanae Tokumura, APR
  • Louis Torraca, APR
  • Melissa Torres-Laing, APR
  • Luly Unemori, APR
  • Theresa van Greunen, APR
  • Ronald Weinberg, APR
  • Christina Yumul, APR