Mahalo to all the non-profit organizations that were able to attend our educational workshops on March 22, 24, 26. All attendees should have received an email with a link to access the recorded Zoom webinars and handout materials.

We’d also like to give a very warm mahalo to all our guest speakers for their amazing insights and knowledge: Cathy Alsup, Jared Kuroiwa, Sherry Ravago, Aimee Nelson, Christina Morisato, and Denise Yamaguchi.

Congratulations to our three door prize winners: Johanna Neilsen, Karen Loebi, and Sara Wiley. Each of them won a DJI OSMO Pocket 2 Camera and personal light setup.

And congratulations to the winners of the 3 Ad Up grants this year: Hawaii Cord Blood Bank, HUGS, and Bishop Museum.


AD UP Hawaii 2019

Mall Ads:

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Print Ads:

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TV Spot:


Winning Team: AdSharkz

Team members:
Jeff Orig
Lauren Caliwag
Nainoa Wong
Tomy Takemura
Monica Chang


Winning Non-Profit: Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry
Executive Director – Renee Chung

Ad Up Winners 2019 (AdSharkz & Bone Marrow Client)

Team AdSharkz marketing campaign won its nonprofit partner, Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry, a grand prize of $5,000 cash (donated by Hawaiian Electric) and over $91,000 in donated media and production services to be used to help the nonprofit execute the winning marketing campaign. Donated services include:

  • Radio ads with SummitMedia, iHeart Media and Ohana Broadcast
  • Television ads with Hawaii News Now, KHON and KITV & MeTV
  • Printed ads in Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Business magazine, MidWeek, The Bus, JPG Hawaii/ Media In Motion, AdWalls & Hawaii Malls and Pacific Business News
  • Creative production from Montaj 9, JPG Hawaii/ Media In Motion, Zoombis, Orig Media and David Murphey photography

About AD UP Hawaii

Ad Up Hawaii is an off-shoot of 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.

2019 will mark the 5th annual event. Over the years we have created marketing campaigns for over 20 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.

Donna Blanchard

Managing Director at Kumu Kahua Theatre & Consulting Director at the ARTS at Marks Garage

Jerry Blue

Partner at Element 8

Tori Abe Carapelho

President & CEO at Navian Hawaii

Rechung Fujihira

Co-Founder of The BoxJelly and Advisor at Blue Startups

Roann Gatdula

Graphic Designer at Hagadone Hawaii

Ryan Kawamoto

Director at Kinetic Productions Inc.

Jairus Kiyonaga

Project Manager at Library Creative

Debbie Lee

Business Manager at Navian Hawaii

Evan Leong

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

Jim Murphy

Executive Director at Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

Noah Tom

Regional Production Manager (Hawaii) at Spectrum

Samantha Tsui

Senior Account Supervisor at Anthology Group

Wilbur Wong

Director of Digital Communications, Becker Communications, Inc.

Cynthia Yamasaki

Chief Energizing Officer & Founder, EEpath

2021 Sponsors:




Past Sponsors:

Kaiser Permanente



First Hawaiian Bank
AAF Hawaii


Hawaiian Electric
Impact Hub Honolulu



Media & Production Donors:

Over $120,000+ in donations!


Ohana Broadcast Company
Hawaii News Now


KITV Channel 4
Honolulu Magazine


Hawaii Malls
JPG Hawaii



Zoombis Digital Printing
David Murphey
ESPN radio 1420


Frolic Hawaii


Pacific Business News



Food Donors:


7-Eleven Hawai'i


Bubble Tea Supply
Honolulu Coffee Company
Teddy's Bigger Burgers


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