Upcoming AD UP Hawaii Event

Ad Up 2019 Banner



Important Dates:

Call for Applications Available 11/15/18
Applications Due 2/1/19
Nonprofits Selected 2/15/19
Ad Up Event Day 3/2/19

About AD UP Hawaii

Ad Up Hawaii is an off-shoot of Kokua.org who’s core mission has been bringing people together to support one another. By fostering collaboration, Ad Up was born.

Ad Up identified the biggest challenge that many nonprofits face as the ability to market themselves successfully. At the same time found many in the marketing field with these skills, had a desire to make a difference in the community but just didn’t know how.

By pulling the two groups together in a fun marketing competition-style event both groups could benefit, and the results have been overwhelming.

2017 will mark the 4th annual event. Over the years we have created marketing campaigns for fifteen local nonprofits, with the support of hundreds of marketing professionals.


Our Team

We are 100% pro bono volunteers coming together and using our skills to make a difference in our community.

Tori Abe

Chief Strategy Officer at Hospice Hawaii

Noah Tom

Senior Art Director at Laird Christianson Advertising

Debbie Lee

Marketing & Development Coordinator at Hospice Hawaii

Donna Blanchard

Managing Director at Kumu Kahua Theatre

Evan Leong

Co-Founder at Greater Good Inc. and Bubble Tea Supply

Rechung Fujihira

Co-Founder of The BoxJelly and Advisor at Blue Startups

Jairus Kiyonaga

Brand Strategist at Lent Enterprises

Cynthia Yamasaki

Chief Energizing Officer & Founder, EEpath

Ryan Kawamoto

Director at Kinetic Productions Inc.

Wilbur Wong

Director of Digital Communications, Becker Communications, Inc.

Roann Gatdula

Graphic Designer at Hagadone Hawaii

Jim Murphy

Executive Director at Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

Jerry Blue

Partner at Element 8

2017 Sponsors:

Kaiser Permanente



ProService Hawaii
First Hawaiian Bank


AAF Hawaii


Kumu Kahua Theatre



Media & Production Donors:

Over $120,000+ in donations!


Ohana Broadcast Company
Hawaii News Now


KITV Channel 4
Honolulu Magazine


Hawaii Malls
JPG Hawaii



Lent Enterprises
Zoombis Digital Printing
David Murphey


ESPN radio 1420
Frolic Hawaii


Pacific Business News



Food Donors:


Bubble Tea Supply
Honolulu Coffee Company
Teddy's Bigger Burgers


Contact Us

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