2020 Koa Anvil Awards – Final Call for Entry Submissions

A friendly reminder about the upcoming submissions deadline for Koa Anvil Awards along with our key important dates this year.

DEADLINE EXTENSION:
The new deadline for online award submissions has been extended to Sunday, July 12 at 11:59 p.m. HST.

NEW EVENT DATE:
The awards gala has been postponed to Thursday, October 8 at Prince Waikiki. We are closely monitoring city, state and federal guidelines as it relates to public events, and also working with Prince Waikiki to develop a safe event with the health and well-being of all of you in mind. Updates regarding new event format will be shared as they become available this summer.

UPDATED TIMELINE:
July 12: Final Deadline (11:59 p.m. HST)
July 13: Judging Begins
August 9: Judging Ends
August 10-14: Winners are notified
October 8: Koa Anvil Awards at Prince Waikiki

To get started on your online entry submission, please visit www.prsahawaii.org/awardsAlso visit our website for a complete list of Koa Anvil Awardand Koa Hammer Award categories.

ENTRY FEES:
APR Member: $90
Regular Member: $100
Non-Member: $125

If you have any questions at all regarding this year’s awards and event, please email HuyQVo@gmail.com or ilihia@hiehiecommunications.com.

On behalf of PRSA Hawaii Chapter, please continue to be safe and we look forward to celebrating with all of you this Fall.

 

PRSA Hawaii Announces 2020 Board of Directors

The Hawaii Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced its 2020 Board of Directors.

“We’re looking at what this new decade will mean for the public relations industry,” says Mondy Jamshidi Kent, MA, PRSA Hawaii president. “Whether responding to today’s top issues, concerns in crisis communications to navigating climate change, it’s an exciting time and our board is ready to address the needs of our community in a rapidly changing environment.”

The PRSA 2020 Board of Directors are as follows:

  • President, Mondy Jamshidi Kent. MA (Principal & Social Business Resource, Practivist LLC)
  • Immediate Past President, Keith DeMello (Director of Communications & Community, Ulupono Initiative)
  • President-Elect, William Nhieu (Communications Officer, State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs)
  • Secretary, Maribell Pabalan (Account Executive, Anthology Marketing Group)
  • Treasurer, Jaclyn Hawse (Director of Communications & Business Development, USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc.)
  • Assembly Delegate & Western District Delegate, Jen Armstrong, APR (Owner & Principal, StrongArm Communications)
  • Programs, Christina Culianos (Owner of CC Productions and Director of Events at Easley Designs)
  • Accreditation Director, Liane Hu Okumura (Communications & Public Relations Director, Olomana Loomis ISC)
  • Education Director & Student Chapter Liaison, Amy Hennessey, (Senior Vice President, Communications & Community, Ulupono Initiative)
  • Ethics, Robert Washington (Senior Account Executive, Anthology Marketing Group)
  • Koa Anvil Awards – Awards, T. Ilihia Gionson (Owner & Principal, Hiehie Communications)
  • Koa Anvil Awards – Event Chair, Huy Vo (Director of Public Relations, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach)
  • Membership, Pono Suganuma (Senior Account Executive, Bennet Group Strategic Communications)
  • Public Relations/Communications, Christine Hirasa (Vice President, Communications, HMSA)
  • Website, Richard Meiers (Digital Communications Manager, Bayer)
  • Young Professionals Resource Chair, Keenan Kurihara (Director of Marketing & Communications, Maryknoll School)

The 2020 Board represents a diverse cross-section of leaders from several sectors that Jamshidi Kent says will position the organization to deliver even greater value and new benefits.

The PRSA Hawaii Chapter will host regular professional development and networking programs, as well as showcase the best in public relations industry at the 37th Annual Koa Anvils Awards on Thursday, July 23, 2020 and plans are already in the development to host advanced professional opportunities not offered in Hawaii.

In addition, PRSA Hawaii will host the PRSA National Western District Conference in spring 2021, bringing PR professionals from the entire region to Hawaii for the first time since 2003.

ABOUT PRSA HAWAII

Founded in 1947, PRSA Hawaii is one of six founding chapters of the PRSA.  The chapter’s mission is to build value, understanding, and the demand for public relations professionals in Hawaii.

PRSA Hawaii is committed to advancing the standards of the public relations profession and supporting students and young practitioners who are developing skills in the field. Professional development seminars, informational forums, skills workshops, and monthly luncheon programs are offered to more than 300 public relations professionals and students across the state.

PRSA Hawaii is a vibrant organization comprised of an active nucleus on Oahu, a progressive affinity group on Maui, and over 100 members across the state. The organization also mentors a Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The Hawaii chapter is one of 117 chapters grouped into 10 geographical districts. PRSA Hawaii is part of the Western District, which includes chapters from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada. Visit the PRSA Western District website for more information.

For more information, including bios and photos of the 2020 PRSA Board of Directors, visit: www.prsahawaii.org.