The 2023 Pele Awards Winners Have Been Announced!

This year’s Pele Award Winners have been selected. Take a look at who our 2023 Judges chose as this year’s best in advertising and design in the State of Hawaii for 2022.
Mahalo to all the entrants for entering and congratulations to all this year’s 2023 Pele Award Winners.

A Message from Ryan & Paul

Read full letters here

Congratulations to all professional and student winners of the 2023 Pele Awards! Your hard work, creativity, and talent have been recognized and celebrated, and you should be incredibly proud of your accomplishments. Your contributions to the industry are inspiring and will help shape the future of advertising and design in Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Ryan Kawamoto

AAF Hawaiʻi
President 2022-2024

Writer & Director
Vice President - Community Relations
Kinetic Productions

The idea is everything. Inspiration has a way of popping up at the worst times…but when it comes, you have to heed the call.
This year’s Pele Awards honors the true creative spirit—and the people who unabashedly drop everything to capture the idea, nail down the concept, and transform an assignment into award-winning work.

Paul Lam

Pele Awards Chair

Meet the 2023 Judges

Check out this year’s 2023 esteemed judges.
This year over 500 submissions, and judging was held online/virtually.

And we had judges from all over the U.S. which included:

Matt Fera
Creative Director, Eversana

Tricia Ting
Global Creative Director, ViewSonic
Taipei, Taiwan

Carla Butwin
Creative Director, Doner
Detroit, Michigan

Brian Chin
Group Creative Director, VaynerMedia
New York City

Kiran Koshy
Los Angeles, CA

Read their bios

2021 National Winners

Last year, one lone Hawaii entry was recognized at the 2021 National American Advertising Awards Show held virtually in June 2021 in Washington DC.

Congratulations to our Hawaii Winner!

View National Winners


Browse Pele Awards Winners from previous years.