Public Relations

Anthology Wins Best of Show at 2021 PRSA Hawaii Koa Anvil Awards

Aug 18, 2021

Anthology Team at the Koa Anvil Awards 2021

The best work produced by members of Hawai‘i’s public relations industry in 2020 was honored by the Hawaii Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) at its 38th annual Koa Anvil Awards ceremony, held on July 20 at the Prince Waikiki hotel.

Anthology Group took home 14 awards at the ceremony, including the coveted Best of Show award, which annually honors the campaign receiving the highest score from judges in the program’s Anvil category. The Koa Anvil’s Best of Show award went to Anthology’s 2020 campaign on behalf of State of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) for its Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program.

Entries for this year’s Koa Anvil honors were judged by the Los Angeles chapter of PRSA. As is the awards program’s tradition, entries were judged in two main categories: Koa Anvil Awards for outstanding public relations programs and Koa Hammer Awards for tactics that were part of communications campaigns. In addition to Best of Show, Anthology was awarded nine Koa Anvils, a Koa Hammer, and three Awards of Excellence.

Anthology’s awards for the evening were given to work spanning multiple divisions of the company and multiple clients.


Nathan Kam and William Nhieu accepting Best of Show Award

Best of Show

  • Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program
    Anthology Group on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i

Koa Anvils

Crisis Communications: Government

  • Koa Anvil Award: One O‘ahu
    Anthology Group on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu

Issues Management: Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

  • Koa Anvil Award: COVID-19 Tourism Response Plan
    Anthology Group on behalf of the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau

Public Service: Partnerships

  • Koa Anvil Award: Hawai‘i Restaurant Card
    Anthology Group on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i

Marketing Consumer Products: Other

  • Koa Anvil Award: Hawai‘i Restaurant Card
    Anthology Group on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i

Community Relations: Government

  • Koa Anvil Award: Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program
    Anthology Group on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i

Reputation/Brand Management: Government

  • Koa Anvil Award: Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program
    Anthology Group on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i

Public Service: Government

  • Koa Anvil Award: Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program
    Anthology Group on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i

Integrated Communications: Consumer Services

  • Koa Anvil Award: Ho‘āla (Rise Up and Make New)
    Anthology Group on behalf of Island Energy Services

Integrated Communications: Associations/Government/Nonprofit Organizations

  • Koa Anvil Award: Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program
    Anthology Group on behalf of the State of Hawai‘i DBEDT
  • Award of Excellence: One O‘ahu
    Anthology Group on behalf of the City and County of Honolulu

Public Affairs: Associations/Nonprofit Organizations

  • Koa Anvil Award of Excellence: Construction Industry’s COVID-19 Safety Pledge
    Anthology Group on behalf of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii

Koa Hammers

Web Sites: External

  • Koa Hammer Award: Safe Travels Hawai‘i Landing Page Reorganization
    Anthology Group on behalf of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health

Social Media: Social-Media Text-Based Marketing Program

  • Award of Excellence: Rick Blangiardi for Mayor “It’s About You” Stories
    Anthology Group on behalf of Rick Blangiardi for Mayor

Established in 1983, the Koa Anvil Awards capture and celebrate the four rings of excellence for which the Koa Anvil competition is judged: research, planning, execution and evaluation.

This year’s Koa Anvil Awards ceremony adhered to all State of Hawai‘i and City and County of Honolulu COVID-19 protocols for gatherings of its size. All attendees were required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the event’s check-in, and contact tracing and other safety measures were implemented to protect guests. 

Congratulations to all of this year’s Koa Anvil Awards winners!