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KCC Sweeps with Pele Awards

Students from University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges campuses swept the college category of the 2022 Pele Awards. Kapiʻolani Community College New Media Arts students received 18 out of 19 awards, including winning the Best of Show award for the 5th year in a row.

The annual Pele Awards were presented on May 21, 2022 at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hoʻokupu Center in the Kewalo Basin Harbor. The prestigious Best of Show award went to Kapiʻolani CC student Michael Harrell for his “Extended Play Bar” website. Michael also received a $1,000 cash scholarship from the NMG Network Scholarship Program and a National Silver Recognition in the College Division at the finals competition of the American Advertising Awards.

Two people holding a large check
Michael Harrell (right)

“I enjoy projects that combine coding and visual design. They are like puzzles that are challenging and rewarding to solve,” said Harrell. “The Extended Play Bar website was a fun project—not only did I work on an identity design for a brand new bar in Honolulu, but I got to build them a website from scratch as well. It took a while to do the animations, but once I figured it out, it was a great feeling of relief.”

Watch a video to hear Harrell and other award winners speak about their design process on the Kapiʻolani CC NMA 2022 Student Show website.

The 2022 PELE College Winners

Gold

Website and app displayed on desktop, laptop, tablet and phone
“Extended Play Bar” by Michael Harrell

Michael Harrell (Pele Gold & Best of Show)
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Extended Play Bar”
Medium: Online/Interactive Website (Desktop or Mobile)
*Winner of a $1,000 Cash Scholarship from the NMG Network Scholarship Program

Michael Harrell
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Tools of the Tirade”
Medium: Elements of Advertising

Anthony Nishimura
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Toronto, Ontario Tourism Logo”
Medium: Elements of Advertising

Cassandra Neri
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Trilogy Book Cover Design”
Medium: Elements of Advertising

Silver

Tre Zamora
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Art For You Magazine Spread”
Medium: Sales Promotion

Cassandra Neri
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Book Cover/Magazine Layouts”
Medium: Sales Promotion

Michael Harrell
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Extended Play Bar”
Medium: Sales Promotion

Torri Koizumi
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Honolulu Flag Redesign”
Medium: Elements of Advertising

Christel Macadangdang
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Mean Mug N’ Logo”
Medium: Elements of Advertising

Torri Koizumi
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Naos”
Medium: Cross Platform

Liana Michelle Young
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Small Hands Against Big Phones”
Medium: Cross Platform

Dominic Nobriga
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Times Supermarket – Logo Redesign”
Medium: Elements of Advertising

Cassandra Neri
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Usps Postage Stamps”
Medium: Sales Promotion

Bronze

Christel Macadangdang
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: International Market Place Logo
Medium: Elements of Advertising

Lily Lam
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Creating Ha Brand Identity”
Medium: Cross Platform

Lily Lam
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Creating Ha Brand Stationery”
Medium: Sales Promotion

Christel Macadangdang
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Said The Sky In Hawaiʻi Poster”
Medium: Out-of-Home & Ambient Media

Cassandra Neri
Kapiʻolani CC
Project: “Trilogy Book Cover Designs”
Medium: Sales Promotion

Andrea Long
Leeward Community College
Project: “Mochi”
Medium: Television Advertising

For more than 40 years, the Pele Awards have recognized excellence in advertising and design in Hawaiʻi. The Pele Awards is one of 15 elite regional competitions for the American Advertising Awards (also known as ADDYs). Pele Gold winners in all national categories are sent to the national finals of the ADDYs Competition to represent Hawaiʻi’s District 13 for their creative design work.

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