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“Up in Smoke” Animation (Best of Show) by Raleigh Harris

Kapiʻolani and Honolulu Community College students recently won 11 Pele awards, including Best of Show for Kapiʻolani CC student Raleigh Harris‘ design in the category of Animation/Special Effects. Harris took home the Pele Gold along with a $1,000 prize. This is the third consecutive year that Kapiʻolani CC New Media Arts students have won the prestigious and coveted Best of Show award.

Other winners in this year’s Pele Award competition include Kapiʻolani CC students Liana Young (Gold) for Publication Design, Cheryl Soong (Gold) for Integrated Branded Identity Campaign, Christi Gonzalez (Silver) for Integrated Branded Identity Campaign, Tomy Takemura (Silver) for Logo Design, Ariana Enomoto (Gold) for Logo Design, Adrian Remoh Mangahis (Gold) for Illustration Campaign and Hannah Woodward (Gold) for her work in Animation/Special Effects. Honolulu CC’s Jordan Dowkin’s earned awards (Silver) for Collateral Material-Stationery Package design and two (Silver) for Logo Design.

“We’re thrilled about the recognition our students have received by industry professionals locally and regionally,” said Adam Moura, Kapiʻolani CC’s new media arts coordinator. “Students come to [New Media Arts] to build a professional portfolio, and for them to be awarded at this level with scholarships and representation at the national awards is really inspiring. We are indebted not only to the phenomenal Art Department here on campus, but also the institutional support provided by [Academy of Creative Media System] and Kapiʻolani.”

The Pele 2020 winners can be viewed here: and full animation sequences may be viewed here:

The Pele Awards is one of 15 national district competitions for the American Advertising Awards, the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries every year from across the U.S. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising and design.

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“Frog Birthday” Animation/Special Effects (Pele Gold) by Hannah Woodward