The Hokupaa Award

The Hokupa‘a Award, named after the North Star, is symbolic of a guiding force that always provides leadership to peers in the profession. This award recognizes a relative newcomer to public relations for demonstrating exceptional leadership potential and achievement in his/her initial years in the profession.

The nominee must have two to five years experience in public relations, excluding internships or part-time employment while working on a degree; and demonstrate professionalism, community service, public relations accomplishments and leadership skills. 

We are proud to recognize Hilary Bingman of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company as the 2016 Hokupa‘a Award recipient.

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Past Awardees

2015 - Andrea "Anj" Lum
2014 - Kira Chong Tim
2013 - David Pettinger 
2012 - Lisette Gonzalez
2011 - Huy Vo
2009 - Michael Ni 
2008 - Moani Wright-Van Alst
2007 - Rebecca Pang
2006 - Melissa Malahoff-Kamei
2005 - Song Choi
2004 - Tina McNealey
2003 - Kristen Bonilla
2002 - Amy Hennessey
2001 - Michelle Busbee

Method of Nomination

Any individual may nominate a candidate for the award, but nominees MUST be PRSA Hawai‘i members. There are no entry fees for the nominations. Deadline for submission has passed. The award is presented as a part of the annual Koa Anvil Awards ceremony.