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Hawaii Social Media Seminar

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Hawaii Social Media Seminar

Time: April 14, 2011 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Dave and Busters
Street: 1030 Auahi Street
City/Town: Honolulu, HI 96814
Website or Map: http://www.smshi.eventbrite.c…
Event Type: seminar
Organized By: Sanna Thuresson
Latest Activity: Apr 14, 2011

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Learn How at the Hawaii Social Media Seminar on

Thursday, April 14th at Dave and Busters 


See how social media can help boost your business! You are invited to the Hawaii Social Media Seminar at Dave and Busters on Thursday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The event features four speaking sessions by several of the nation’s most talented social media experts and a lunch buffet served on the Sunset Lanai. During lunch, a panel discussion will take place on corporate best practices and out-sourcing social media. Plus, a Tweet-Up follows the seminar with a mixed-panel of bloggers and influential social media users. The event is hosted by Technology News Bytes in partnership with Social Media Club Hawaii Chapter.   

The seminar is an opportunity for business leaders to learn more about today’s ever-present topic – how social media ties in with business practices. As experienced national and local speakers share insight and wisdom along with marketing strategies with real world examples, businesses will be able to leverage social media to achieve their business goals. And the emcee for the event is KITV4’s Amber Lynn Hyden. 

Group-buying executives will participate in a discussion on how to leverage group-buying for businesses. Panelists include Co-Founder and President of PLAYHawaii Andrew Roth, CEO and founder of Qmania Douglas Kato, Titus Nakagawa, account manager for Groupon and Emi Hart, Community Manager for Yelp. This session will be moderated by Diane Ako, Director of Public Relations at Halekulani and Waikiki Parc. Diane also writes a Star Advertiser blog called ‘Small Talk’ and previously spent 13 years anchoring and reporting for the local NBC affiliate KHNL.

During lunch on the Sunset Lanai, a panel discussion will be held entitled ‘SEO and SMO Best Practices: Should I outsource my SEO and SMO Social Media?’ Moderated by Tara D. Coomans of SMCHI, attendees will learn about social media management from various companies such as Hawaiian Airlines, Aqua Hotels & Resorts and Farmers Insurance Hawaii, what their perspective is from the inside. Do they hire employees or do they out source? What are the pluses and minus of both?

The Tweet-Up event will be free for attendees of the seminar and open to the public for $10 at the door. A mixed panel of bloggers and influential social media users such as John Heckathorn, Senior Editor at Pacific Basin Communications and dining columnist at Honolulu Magazine, Jason Genegabus from Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Pulse, Christa Wittmier from Honolulu Nightlife Diaries, Toby Tamaye President of AT Marketing and Catherine Toth from and They will share their expertise on blogging and tweeting for business.’s Dan Zelikman will be moderating the Tweet-up.


The Hawaii Social Media Seminar is a preview event of what is to be come at the Hawaii Social Media Summit being held on Thursday, October 20, 2011, a yearly event that highlights the best in the field of technology and social media.

To purchase tickets to the Hawaii Social Media Seminar, please visit or visit for more information.

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Comment by Ryan on April 8, 2011 at 6:31pm

Thanks, Sanna! I was mostly wondering why they weren't mentioned here. And was looking for more background on Nick Unsworth than what's readily available online.

Hands down, the panelists from Hawaii seem to be the most compelling part of this seminar, with experience and stories that would resonate with attendees. Don't miss the pau hana panel in particular!

Comment by Sanna Thuresson on April 8, 2011 at 5:28pm

Thank you Everyone that has signed up for the Hawaii Social Media Seminar. Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday!!!


@Ryan, you will find info on our keynote speakers at


Thank you!



Comment by Ryan on April 8, 2011 at 9:19am
No mention of the keynote speakers, Mike Prasad and Nick Unsworth? I've been trying to find out more about them.
Comment by Nikolas Yem on April 6, 2011 at 4:07pm

Sounds like a great event! Just wanted to mention that both links in your last paragraph are broken!

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