New Media Arts Student Kapiolani CC Wins Top Honor

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

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

This year’s other winners Pele Award competition includes Kapiʻolani CC students young creeper (Gold) for publication design, Cheryl Soong (Gold) for the integrated brand identity campaign, Christi Gonzalez (Silver) for the integrated brand identity campaign, Tomy Takemura (Silver) for logo design, Ariana Enomoto (gold) for logo design, Adrien Remoh Mangahis (Gold) for the illustration campaign and Hannah Woodward (Gold) for his work in animation/special effects. Honolulu CCit is Jordan Dowkinwon awards (silver) for collateral stationery packaging design and two (silver) for logo design.

“We are thrilled with the recognition our students have received from local and regional industry professionals,” said Adam Moura, Kapiʻolani CCNew Media Media Arts Coordinator. “Students come [New Media Arts] building a professional portfolio, and for them to be rewarded at this level with scholarships and representation at national awards is truly inspiring. We are indebted not only to the phenomenal art department here on campus, but also to the institutional support provided by [Academy of Creative Media System] and Kapiʻolani.”

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

The Pele Awards are 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 each year from around the world. WE 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.

Animation/special effects “Frog Birthday” (Pele Gold) by Hannah Woodward
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