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I’ve been a PRSA Hawaii member ever since I started my career in PR 10 years ago. We’ve had some great monthly professional development luncheon programs along the way, but I’ve got to say I’ve never seen demand for the one we have coming up next week Wednesday, August 27.

The program topic of social media itself is a hot one, but look at the lineup of speakers we’ve secured to present next week. It’s no wonder we already have 74 people registered for the luncheon. Are you in the know of Web 2.0 and will you be there for a great program?

Here’s some information I’ve taken from the PRSA Hawaii website:

Nadine Kam (@fashiontribe on Twitter and no relation to me though I do get a lot of her e-mails) is the style and travel editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She also writes the Fashion Tribe blog and is social media enthusiast like many of us.

Roxanne Darling (@roxannedarling on Twitter) is co-owner of Bare Feet Studios and has been working on the web since 1995. She is one of the original video podcasters and the star of the award-winning Internet TV show, Beach Walks with Rox (http://www.beachwalks.tv), which has over 650 episodes. She is also one of the lead organizers of PodCamp Hawaii which takes place in October.

Mary Fastenau is president and a co- founder of StarrTech Interactive, one of Hawaii’s largest interactive development companies. She frequently speaks at universities and professional organizations, making her one of Hawaii’s foremost experts on Internet marketing.

As senior online media planner, Dan Zelikman is the lead strategist for StarrTech Interactive on Web 2.0 ideas, online media purchasing, implementation, analysis, and optimization. Dan has worked on a wide range of accounts, including AIG Hawaii, Hawaiian Telcom, Marriott Hawaii and Bank of Hawaii. He’s also an avid surfer and all around good guy.

I look forward to seeing everyone at this event and we’re guaranteed to have some fun. Before I end, I need to give a shout out to my colleague Kristen Bonilla (@kwis10b on Twitter) for leading the effort to pull together this awesome program. I think it’s safe to say we’re “back in black” with this one.

-NGK

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adrian.gifYes, the following is a bit of a pat on my own back, but it’s my blog so I can do what I want.

Congratulations to the McNeil Wilson Communications HVCB PR team for bringing home a platinum award in the prestigious HSMAI Adrian Awards competition. Kudos to my colleague Michael Ni for landing Bravo Network’s TOP CHEF season 2 finale last year which garnered the award in the “Feature Placement – Television” category. The two-hour show filmed on Hawaii’s Big Island was unreal, showcasing our state’s finest culinary assets and giving the destination priceless exposure.

It was a proud moment shared with our client, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB),who took home the lion’s share of honors for destination marketing on January 28 at the 51st Adrian Awards Gala in New York City. HVCB received eight awards – two platinum, three gold, and three silver – recognizing excellence in public relations, advertising, and web marketing in 2007 and making HVCB the top winner in the worldwide “CVB/Destination/Offices of Tourism” category.

For more details about the awards, check out the HVCB press release we distributed the other day. As we hoped would happen, HVCB and our firm received some very nice press in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, and Pacific Business News over the past couple days.

It’s great being recognized for good work. Based on the TV shows we have slated to visit Hawaii this year, I’d say our chances of winning a few more awards next year are pretty strong.

-NGK