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Next week Thursday is a big night for Hawaii’s public relations industry as the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hawaii Chapter hosts the 25th Koa Anvil Awards at the Halekulani on July 17. This event has earned the reputation as THE premier communications gala in the Islands celebrating outstanding public relations programs and tactics.

It’s a rare night where PR people will actually be in the spotlight (usually we’re operating behind the scenes) and the McNeil Wilson Communications gang will be out in full force. Our firm has been fortunate over the past few years to win numerous Koa Anvils and Koa Hammers, but most importantly “Best of Show” the past three of the last four years. For those unfamiliar with the event, here’s a couple stories written by Erika Engle of The Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 2006 and 2007.

We’ve got some very strong entries in the competition this year and it will be exciting to see how it all goes down. I look forward to seeing everyone there and if you haven’t reserved your seat, you have until the end of day today to RSVP online. Wish us luck!



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.