Isaac Ikeda wins Pele Gold at the 2016 Pele Awards

Isaac Ikeda, a Honolulu Community College communication arts student, won Pele Gold in the student category for his integrated branding campaign for a smokehouse food truck, Hilo Bay Ken.

The Pele Awards competition is an AAF American Advertising Awards District 13 competition that recognizes the best advertising and design work created in Hawaiʻi during the preceding calendar year.

Not a stranger to competition, he was also a part of the winning team in the 2015 Ad Up Hawaiʻi competition which brings together local professionals in marketing, advertising, public relations and artists of all kinds together to form “mini agency teams” and prepare marketing campaigns for pre-selected non-profit organizations. Teams get the challenge of completing their campaign and pitch prep in an intense 9-hour period. Ikeda was the only student to participate in this competition.

Ikeda will graduate on May 13. When asked what his career aspiration is, Ikeda simply stated, “Creative director—that is the goal, creative director at an ad agency. I know that it is a long way from here but I’m willing to take every step to get there. In the nearer future I plan to build my portfolio with non-profit work and variety, my secret recipe to success.”

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