The Buzz


Thursday, April 12, 2001

Advertiser absent
from Pa‘i awards

THE Honolulu Star-Bulletin won 21 honors at yesterday's Hawaii Publishers Association's Pa'i awards at Hilton Hawaiian Village, including nine first-place trophies.

The other daily publication won no awards, as it had not submitted any entries, despite Honolulu Advertiser General Manager Dennis Francis' role as president of the Hawaii Publishers Association. Anecdotal accounts indicated Advertiser staff members were unaware that none of their work had been entered.

Advertiser Editor Saundra Keyes confirmed no announcement had been made on the decision not to enter. However, she added, she was unaware of any staff requests to submit work for consideration.

The Advertiser chose not to enter the awards due to more pressing priorities and reservations about the HPA practice of using the same judges each year, according to Keyes. There actually were some new judges this year, according to HPA Vice President Jim Wilson, but Keyes said she was unaware of that.

HPA President Francis also was a no-show at the event, causing Wilson to quip at the ceremony's opening that Francis was "on Nimitz selling the newspaper."

In fact, said Francis, he was attending to out-of-town guests.

Speaking of awards

April 5 was not a bad day outside the office for Communications-Pacific.

At the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau "Keep it Hawaii" recognition luncheon at the Hawaii Prince hotel, four of the company's clients won seven of the 45 awards.

That evening at the International Association of Business Communicators' Ilima Awards dinner at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Comm-Pac won seven of 36 awards.

Comm-Pac CEO Kitty Lagareta said the credit for the Keep It Hawaii awards goes exclusively to the clients, as her company's role was merely "to write up the award entries," she said.

The IABC awards were another story -- Comm-Pac was honored for its own work, including two communications programs and a video, a newsletter, brochure, bylined article and news release, done on behalf of clients.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4757, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached

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