Past Events

The Hawaii chapter offers professional development programs to sharpen your public relations expertise. Participating in our activities puts you in touch with the state's top professionals, helping you to stay at the forefront of our industry. 

Learn about the latest issues and trends impacting the public relations industry at monthly professional development programs featuring prominent local and national speakers. The meetings, typically held on the third Wednesday of the month, are open to everyone. Discounted PRSA and PRSSA member rates are provided.

These programs provide a forum to discuss public relations strategies, tactics and current issues. They also offer tremendous networking opportunities, aiding you in expanding your circle of colleagues and professional contacts.

Board members are eager to hear feedback and serve as mentors to help new members get better acquainted with the chapter, its programs and activities.

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08/15/17 PRSA Hawaii Membership Drive (Aug. 15 - Sept. 15, 2017)
Know anyone who's considering a PRSA Hawaii membership? This is the perfect time to join!
07/28/17 34th Annual Koa Anvil Awards
Celebrating the best in Hawaii's public relations industry from 2016
06/14/17 Let's Talk Shop!
Join PRSA Hawaii for an evening of friends, food, and fun
06/02/17 2017 PRSA Hawaii APR Scholarship Deadline
The deadline to submit applications for the 2017 PRSA Hawaii APR Scholarship is Friday, June 2, 2017
05/31/17 If These Walls Could Talk
Insights and takeaways from the 2017 Hawaii Legislative Session with a panel of insider experts
04/19/17 Energizing Your Company's Communications Strategy
Featuring Marvin Buenconsejo of Hawaii Energy
03/28/17 PRSA March Mixer
Catch up with colleagues and make new connections at this networking event
03/09/17 MAUI PROGRAM: Crisis Communications – Not If, But When
What can communicators do before, during and after a crisis?
02/22/17 Give Speech A Chance: How to Write Winning Remarks
Join one of Hawai‘i’s best speechwriters, Elisa Yadao, in this lively discussion
01/25/17 Insights with Linda Brock: Why PBS Hawai‘i? Why Now?
In 2016, PBS Hawai‘i moved to a new, cutting-edge facility with a fresh vision for the future. What kind of new opportunities does this open up for PR pros?
12/14/16 PRSA Hawaii December Program: Changing Media Landscape in Hawaii
12/14/16 The Changing Media Landscape in Hawaii
Join PRSA Hawaii for a discussion with key members of local news media on the
11/09/16 Election Hangover Mixer
Join PRSA Hawaii for an Election Hangover Mixer on Wednesday, November 9th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.! Free for PRSA members (add'l cost for general public, national & PRSSA members)
08/30/16 Successful Rebranding
All about experiences and knowledge in creating a brand identity, creative content, brand positioning and media relations.
07/28/16 33rd Annual Koa Anvil Awards
Join us as we honor Hawaii's best in the public relations industry and recognize our distinguished colleagues.
07/21/16 Social Video: Tactics for Successfully Incorporating Video in Social Media
Learn about creating and leveraging videos to support your business objectives, especially on their application in social media (Maui Program)
06/28/16 June Program Measuring Public Relations, Digital vs. Traditional Metrics
A roundtable format will ensure a robust discussion and debate among the featured speakers and attendees.
05/25/16 PRSA Hawaii May Program:
Join PRSA Hawaii as we learn how the PR and the healthcare lobbying world is constantly trying to get over hurdles to bring Hawaii's future better in every way.
Anthony Quintano and Toby Tamaye discuss the changing world of PR with the increasing use of social media.
03/23/16 PRSA Hawaii March Program: Nonprofit Positioning
Dig deeper into nonprofit communications and find out how our speakers managed to position their organizations within their limited budgets
02/24/16 February Professional Development Lunch
11/19/15 Let's Mix It Up!
Join PRSA Hawaii on Thursday, November 19, at 6 p.m. as we Mix It Up!
10/07/15 PRSA Hawaii October Program: The Power of Visual Storytelling
Join PRSA Hawaii to experience the power of visual storytelling, and learn how it can elevate your campaigns.
08/16/15 Free Lunch & Learn: All About the APR
Join PRSA Hawaii to learn about the APR—what does it stand for and why should you care?
07/21/15 On Maui -- Brand Reputation and Crisis Management by Paula Pedene, APR
Join PRSA Hawaii on Maui as she shares her experiences in reputation management as a PR pro and whistleblower of the infamous VA scandal.
07/16/15 32nd Annual Koa Anvil Awards
Recognizes the best work of Hawaii's public relations professionals
07/15/15 Meet Paula Pedene, Phoenix VA Whistleblower
Join PRSA Hawaii in welcoming special guest speaker, Paula Pedene, APR, VA scandal whistleblower, to Hawaii for our July program.
06/24/15 PR's Role in Hawaii's Startup World
Join PRSA Hawaii and dive into a growing and exciting sector in Hawaii's economy - startups and entrepreneurship.
05/21/15 Communication 'Catch-Up' With the City & County
Join PRSA Hawaii for informational talk-story program highlighting key issues and hot topics at the City and County of Honolulu.
04/24/15 Looking ForWard at Ward Village: Marketing a Master-Planned Community
Join PRSA Hawaii for a talk-story session about marketing a master-planned community like Ward Village.
03/19/15 2015 PRSA Western District Conference
"Yes, everything is PR."
03/13/15 Lessons from the Lege - 2015 Legislative Session Highlights
Join PRSA Hawaii for an informational talk story highlighting key issues and hot topics in this year's Hawaii state legislative session.
02/18/15 Social Media & Content Marketing at Hawaiian Airlines: A Local Global Case Study
Presentation and talk story session with Asiana Ponciano, social media specialist for Hawaiian Airlines
01/14/15 The HUMAN Brand
How We Relate to People, Products & Companies
12/15/14 PR & Politics: The 2014 Election
PRSA Hawaii welcomes three experienced political communications experts to share their perspectives on the 2014 primary and general elections -- and answer your questions.
11/19/14 Understanding Cultural Identity & Its Impact on the Future of PR
11/18/14 Maui PRSA: Understanding Cultural Identity as a Weapon of Influence in PR
10/23/14 Mix at Six
Marketing & Communications Networking Mixer
09/17/14 Free for Members! PR Ethics Talk-Story with Ralph Kam
It's National Ethics Month! Join Us For a PR Ethics Talk-Story Session with Ethics Expert Ralph Kam
08/20/14 The Evolution of PBN: Delivering the News Through Digital, Print and Events
Join PBN Editor-in-Chief Kam Napier for an engaging discussion on the changing demands of how Hawaii wants its news, and how PBN is leveraging this shift.
07/25/14 31st Annual Koa Anvil Awards
This exciting event will recognize the state's top public relations programs and tactics from 2013 and include honoring distinguished recipients of PRSA awards.
06/26/14 About the APR Credential And How PRSA Hawaii Can Help You Earn It
This year, PRSA marks the 50th anniversary of the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential – the only nationally recognized certification in the public relations profession.
06/24/14 Engaging with Pacific Business News - Maui
PBN's new editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier shares insights on the publication's editorial direction, and how Maui companies and clients can best get covered
05/28/14 Improve the Way You Work with Design Thinking
Hands-On Workshop Teaches Out-of-the-Box Thinking
04/16/14 Getting the Attention of the Elusive Travel Editor: Jim Byers, Toronto Star
Take this opportunity to gain unique perspective from one of the top travel experts and writers in the world, and join us for our April professional development luncheon!
03/20/14 PRSA Western District Conference
Let the sun shine on your public relations career in San Diego at the 2014 Western District Conference.
03/12/14 Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Nonstop Honolulu
March Professional Development Program
01/15/14 Get the Morning Show Scoop Without Rising Early
Producers from Hawaii’s top-rated TV morning shows share pitching tips and more
12/11/13 Creativity: Stand Out, Get Ahead, Be Unforgettable
Stuck in a creative rut? With companies and clients continuing to push for new ideas, it's time for you to take action.
11/07/13 When Disaster Strikes: How to Effectively Manage A PR Crisis
PRSA Hawaii welcomes Jesse Broder Van Dyke, Communications Director for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell
10/15/13 Membership & Mentorship Mixer
Membership networking mixer with university PRSSA chapters
09/25/13 2013 Media Access Workshop
A free Media Access Workshop is geared toward young PR professionals who are looking to improve their media pitches and gain better insight into what makes news.
09/18/13 The Modern Press Release: How to Optimize Your Press Release for SEO
Learn about the common do’s and don’ts of optimizing press releases for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and the impacts it has on your business or organization.
07/25/13 30th Annual Koa Anvil Awards
Join us as we honor the state's best in public relations
How will the newly announced HuffPost Hawaii impact our state's media landscape? Find out what PR pros should know.
There's a lot more to an effective social media program than just posting pretty pictures of sun-soaked beaches.
04/30/13 NextGen Networking with PRSA
Enjoy networking with PRSSA and YPR (young PR pros)
04/17/13 The State of the Travel and Newspaper Industry
Join Gary Warner of the Orange County Register for this informative program
03/29/13 Judging Awards For PRSA Colorado Chapter (March 20-29)
Join us to help judge our sister PRSA Chapter (PRSA Colorado) judge their annual awards.
Celebrate Ala Moana Center's weeklong fashion affair
03/14/13 Marketing to Military
Best practices for your business
02/20/13 Traditional Media Goes Social: What PR Pros Should Know
PRSA Hawaii's February program brings together a panel of media experts whose companies are actively engaged in social media and to share the latest trends.
01/16/13 View from the Top: PR Outlook for 2013
Our expert panel of PR agency CEOs will predict the trends that will impact our profession in the coming year.
12/12/12 "Viral" Is Not A Plan: Getting The Most Out of Your Social Media Resources
While social media can be the key to finding and embracing a larger audience, banking on one good idea to make or break your campaign is a recipe for failure.
A closer look at Hawaii Gas' recent rebranding efforts and the role integrated marketing and communications is playing in the process.
10/24/12 Fall Networking Event
Network with the who's who of the PR industry
09/28/12 VIDEO PLAYBACK: Winning Hearts & Minds
A winning political campaign has all the elements that communicators love: a well thought out strategy, engaging messages, diverse tactics, and the ability to win hearts and minds.
09/19/12 The Art & Science of PR Counseling: Getting Organizations to Take Your Advice
Find out what it takes to be a trusted public relations counselor and gain insights into the barriers that can prevent establishing an effective counseling role.
07/26/12 29th Annual Koa Anvil Awards
Join us at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki as we celebrate the successful campaigns and tactics of 2011, and honor our distinguished colleagues.
A panel of Hawaii radio executives talk about the state of the radio industry, how it's evolving, and how it remains an effective channel for public relations professionals.
05/16/12 MAY 16 PROGRAM - SOCIAL MEDIA 20.12
If the ever evolving social media landscape has you Facebooking your Posterous and Instagram, while linking Foursquare to Twitter, this is the program for you.
Measurement expert Katie Paine discusses 21st century strategies to track PR metrics that really matter.
03/20/12 Posh Pau Hana
See and be seen during this stylish invite-only soiree open only to members of PRSA Hawaii and guests of Ala Moana Center
03/12/12 2012 PRSA Western District Conference
Get ready to "Champion Creativity" at this two-day, energy-packed professional development program hosted by the PRSA Colorado Chapter in Denver.
PRSA Hawaii's February program shifts gears to a roundtable discussion on PRSA National's current efforts to modernize the definition of public relations.
Experienced photographers share tips on shooting better photos with today's tools
12/15/11 PRSA/IABC Holiday Mixer
Celebrate the year's successes with our friends from IABC.
12/14/11 Communications and Branding Trends for 2012
Get a glimpse of the 2012 communications and branding trends. Meet the new PRSA Hawaii board.
11/16/11 Buzz-Building Programs That Drive Business
In this teleseminar, learn to develop buzz-building strategies that drive business results and grow brands.
10/26/11 Building Public Support through Community Relations
We live on an island, which means that everyone knows everyone and that building a sense of community is more important here than anywhere else in the world.
08/31/11 Meet the New Faces in Hawaii's Media
Meet the New Faces in Hawaii's Media
08/24/11 Mega Mixer Pau Hana
A time to network and get to know your fellow movers and shakers in Honolulu's communications industry over pupus and cocktails
07/28/11 28th Annual Koa Anvil Awards Dinner
The Koa Anvil Awards competition recognizes outstanding public relations programs and tactics, and to encourage improved public relations performance and techniques.
06/15/11 Preparing for the Unexpected – Add Value to Your Organization During a Crisis
Learn to create an effective crisis communications plan.
05/11/11 Social media and the law: know your limits
Hear perspectives from social media experts from all walks of professional life.
04/20/11 Meet The Media – Be Effective, Be Heard
Join PRSA Hawaii and meet some of the reporters and editors behind these publications!
03/22/11 Posh Pau Hana
Celebrate Fashion and Shopping During Shop a Lea
03/16/11 PRSA Hawaii & IABC Hawaii March 2011 Program
Details for the March 2011 Program
02/16/11 Cook Up an Award-Winning Entry with Tips from Hawaii's PR Pros
Get award how-to's from the best of show winners of both PRSA and IABC's awards in 2010 as well as an experienced judge's perspective on what to do when submitting a winning entry.
01/19/11 Dos and Don'ts of Special Events Planning
Learn how to make those special events even more special and avoid the common mistakes that can make that big day memorable for all the wrong reasons.
12/15/10 State of Hawaii's PR Industry - From a Multi-Generational Perspective
Think you know what's important to PR pros when it comes to job satisfaction, professional development, and communications tools?
11/17/10 Talk Story with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Join us for our November program for a
10/28/10 YPR Event - Dress Professionally in Hawaii
Looking to jazz up your wardrobe? Join PRSA Hawaii's YPR committee for a special event at Nordstrom.
10/20/10 Lessons Learned: Crisis Communication
A crisis. It’s not a question of if, but when? It’s something we’ll likely all need to deal with at some point in our public relations careers. So are you ready?
09/15/10 Capture Your Audience in Writing and Public Speaking
Reach out and grab your audiences’ attention! If you can’t capture your audience in the first 10-20 seconds, you’ve lost them. Don’t let your messages fall by the wayside.
08/26/10 Ad2 Honolulu Candidate 2010 Series: Meet Mayoral Candidate Panos Prevedouros
Meet the candidate, ask your questions, get involved and make an informed choice on Election Day.
08/18/10 August Program: Online Video and Connecting Through Social Media
As PR practitioners, our job is to connect people. With the surge of the Internet, the people want the connection instantaneously, and not just through a press release.
07/22/10 2010 Koa Anvil Awards Dinner
The Public Relations Society of America - Hawaii Chapter invites you to attend the 27th Annual Koa Anvil Awards on July 22 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club.
06/30/10 PRSA Hawaii June Program with Civil Beat
Join PRSA Hawaii for its June Program with Honolulu Civil Beat editors and reporters
05/26/10 May Program - Community Building: How to Influence The Masses in Today's World
PRSA Hawaii's May's program features a panel discussion with traditional and web-based community building practitioners.
04/28/10 2010 PRSA Western District Conference
This exciting two-day conference promises to offer an "Oasis of Opportunities" for all who attend.
04/21/10 Rebuilding Your Brand and Regaining Trust in a Recovering Economy
Informative teleseminar on how consumer perceptions and behaviors have changed in the downturned economy and how to regain trust as the economy begins to recover.
04/06/10 PRSA Hawaii Maui Affinity Group Program: Social Media Marketing & PR Tools
The PRSA Hawaii Maui Affinity Group is pleased to bring social media guru Dan Zelikman, Director of Digital Marketing for StarrTech Interactive, to Maui for a special presentation.
03/18/10 NewsMorphosis 2.0
Wondering how the transformation of news is transforming our society? World class journalists and scholars from Hawaii and elsewhere predict the future of the news media.
02/24/10 February Program: Is Old Media The New Media?
Hear from some of Hawaii's leading media outlets about how media has changed, the similarities between new and old media, and how PR pros can leverage these new opportunities.
01/27/10 How Generation Y & Seasoned Pros Can Navigate the Social Media Highway Together
Lively panel of old and new pros who will discuss how Millennials can serve as PR's social media stewards and how experienced managers can successfully collaborate with them.
12/16/09 Using Video & Photos in your Social Media, PR and Marketing Campaigns
Save the date for PRSA Hawaii's 2009 holiday program and general membership meeting.
12/02/09 APR Information Session
Interested in learning more about accreditation? Join PRSA Hawaii for this informal breakfast gathering and find out what the APR process is all about.
11/18/09 Building Community Relationships
Take advantage of this PRSA National Teleseminar, hosted by PRSA Hawaii.
11/11/09 Media Speed-Networking
PRSA Hawaii's Young Professionals Committee invites PR practitioners to meet Hawaii media representatives and get feedback and tips on how to work with them.
11/06/09 2009 PRSA International Conference in San Diego
Join us for the premier public relations event as we uncover emerging trends and technologies.
10/21/09 The New KGMB, KHNL, K5...What Does This Mean to You?
What does the combination of KGMB, KHNL, K5 mean to those of us in Hawaii's public relations, marketing and advertising industries.
09/16/09 Using Social Networks to Gain Brand Advocates
"Crowdsourcing" is an appealing new option for marketers who want to spread their advertising messages through low-cost peer-to-peer channels.
08/19/09 PRSA Hawaii August 2009 Lunch Program
The Value of Internal Communications
07/16/09 PRSA Hawaii 2009 Koa Anvil Awards
Join PRSA Hawaii as we honor the best in Hawaii's public relations industry at the annual Koa Anvil Awards.
Learn how the State DOH, the Honolulu City & County Department of Emergency Management and UH handled recent communications in the face of the H1N1 influenza outbreak.
04/22/09 2009 PRSA Western District Conference
The 2009 PRSA Western District Conference offers you the knowledge you need to succeed - and even thrive - in this challenging environment.
04/15/09 Media Training for Media Trainers
If you coach or train spokespersons, executives and managers for media interviews, presentations, or testimony, be sure to attend this national teleseminar.
02/25/09 Being Successful in Your Own Public Relations Business
Learn to Grow and Stay Ahead--Even in This Tough Economy