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From left, Julius Calasicas (Kapiʻolani CC), Hanna Shibata (Kapiʻolani CC), and Mari Seymour (Kapiʻolani CC), Jason Cutinella (Nella Media Group), Zak Noyle (Eleven 17 Creative), Kimo Kennedy (Eleven 17 Creative), Cat Daniels Riveros (Kapiʻolani CC), Melanie Denda (UH West Oʻahu), and Sua Lee (Kapiʻolani CC)

University of 51׻ʻi students from Kapiʻolani Community College, UH West Oʻahu and UH Maui College swept the held in May in Waikk. The Pele Awards is one of 15 National District Competitions for the American Advertising Awards (also known as the ADDYs) to recognize excellence in advertising and design.

Three illustrated boxes of tea
Cat Daniels Rivero’s Voyager Tea

The Best of Show award went to Kapiʻolani CC student Cat Daniels Rivero for in the illustration-campaign category. Rivero also received a $2,500 cash scholarship from the NMG Network and Eleven 17 Creative scholarship program.

“Winning Pele Awards has made me feel like I’m moving in the right direction and has further motivated me to keep working hard,” Rivero said. “That moment was especially heartening because I got to share it with my professors. Knowing how dedicated they are to us (students), when I walked up on stage, I really wanted to grab the mic and give them a big shout-out for all the office hours and weekend Zoom calls they’ve given me!”

Mango juice bottle label with an illustration of a mango bird
Leighna-Ann Lariosa’s Hou Pressed Campaign

Her classmate, Leighna-Ann Lariosa, won the Special Judges Award for her in the integrated brand identity campaign category.

UH West Oʻahu Creative Media student Ashley Macho won first place for the American Advertising Federation 51׻ʻi Shining Star Scholarship ($2,000).

The Pele Gold winners in all national categories are sent to the National Finals of the American Advertising Awards Competition to represent District 13.

Asian food with logo of a happy cat
Melanie Denda’s Lucky Belly Rebranded Logo

Melanie Denda, who graduated from UH West Oʻahu in December 2023, won two gold and one bronze Pele Award. One of Dendas gold-winning projects also advanced to the 2024 American Advertising Awards, where her entry won a silver award.

Denda said she was shocked when she received the ADDY Award and messaged all of her family members and friends that she won.

“I was in disbelief and extremely happy,” Denda said. “It was an incredible and unexpected honor.”

Read more about UH West Oʻahu honorees at .

2024 Pele Award Winners

Gold

Cat Daniels Rivero (Pele Gold and Best of Show), Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Illustration – campaign
*Winner of a $2,500 Presenting Sponsors Cash Scholarship from NMG Network and Eleven 17 Creative

Leighna-Ann Lariosa (Pele Gold and Special Judges Award), Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Integrated brand identity campaign
*Second place winner of an $800 AAF 51׻ʻi Shining Star Scholarship

Melanie Denda, UH West Oʻahu
Project:
Category: Interactive/online advertising & promotion campaign

Melanie Denda, UH West Oʻahu (also won a silver American Advertising Award)
Project:
Category: Logo Design

Cassandra Neri, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
2 Categories: Point of purchase, Logo design

Julz Calasicas, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Publication design – cover/editorial spread or feature – series

Mari Seymour, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Website (desktop or mobile)

Sua Lee, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: App (mobile or web-based)

Silver

Cassandra Neri, Kapiʻolani CC
Project: Serene Branding
Category: Packaging

Hanna Shibata, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Publication design – cover/editorial spread or feature – series

Leighna-Ann Lariosa, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: App (mobile or web-based)

Leighna-Ann Lariosa, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Logo design

Cat Daniels Riveros, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Logo design

Bronze

Faith Christy Soliven, UH Maui College
Project:
Category: Television advertising campaign

Melanie Denda, UH West Oʻahu
Project:
Category: Logo design

James God, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Illustration

Hanna Shibata, Kapiʻolani CC
Project:
Category: Animation or special effects

Other Pele Awards honorees included students of UH West Oʻahu Academy for Creative Media alumni Dexter Corpuz and Scott Alquisa, both of whom are now educators at Maui and Waipahu high schools, respectively.

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