The 2023 Team
Hawaii Food Industry Association
Hawaii Food Industry Association (HFIA) is a non-profit organization led by a diverse board of directors consisting of some of the State of Hawaii’s most well respected executives and leaders. HFIA is dedicated to ensuring that Made in Hawaii businesses not only survive but thrive in today’s economy. The Made in Hawaii Festival is HFIA’s signature event which it has been producing since 1995. Our passion for this event is driven by our shared values. Since its inception, the Made in Hawaii Festival has helped countless Made in Hawaii businesses achieve success not only through strong sales during the festival but also by providing access to retail buyers that allow Made in Hawaii businesses to become sustainable year round. The Made in Hawaii Festival provides an opportunity for companies to market themselves to retail buyers, consumers and test-market new products. Over the years the event has become a business incubator helping businesses to test-market products at a low-cost to thousands of patrons. It is our pleasure and joy to continue this mission with the strong support of our government and our community.
Gourmet Events Hawaii
At Gourmet Events Hawaii, our mission is to create memorable and successful events that exceed our clients’ expectations, nurture relationships and delight the senses – one client, one event, one experience at a time. Incorporating each client’s unique vision, we create sumptuous occasions, memorable well beyond the last morsel of dessert or sip of fine wine.
Tapiki is a Hawaiʻi-based mobile (iOS, Android) game, app, web, and spatial computing development company. For the last 14 years, Tapiki has developed solutions for over 160 local and US based clients. Tapiki is working on upcoming projects for virtual reality, augmented reality, spatial computing, as well as visionOS apps for the new Apple Vision Pro. Join Tapiki on this exciting journey as they shape the future of spatial computing experiences for companies and organizations here in Hawaiʻi.
Stryker Weiner & Yokota
Formed in 1979, Stryker Weiner & Yokota (SWAY) is one of Hawaii’s premier public relations firms consisting of a group of dynamic professionals with a large range of public relations skills and expertise. SWAY has planned and implemented numerous publicity and promotional campaigns for large community festivals and events, developed strategic public relations plans, managed crisis communications, conducted public education campaigns, developed hundreds of promotions and remote broadcasts with radio and TV outlets across the country, and coordinated dozens of press trips for national and international media. SWAY is a partner of Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s leading partnership of global public relations firms.
Olena Heu is a multi-award-winning journalist, local television personality and Miss Hawaii 2004. The Kauai native holds a BA and an MA in Communication with a concentration in Speech from Hawaii Pacific University, hosts a weekly show/podcast called Da Best Hawaii featured on Hawaiian TelCom and on Hawaiian Airlines.