this is old news but it's an excuse for me to post something for the 1st time.
i checked out the hawaii 5-0 awards ceremony. wall 2 wall swept it. nomura designs also took quite a bit of awards. i visited their studio for an AIGA tour with KCC and UH. A lot of the designs they showed us at their studio won awards. It was a trip to be able to see this. Also, this student from UH...something Chenen, ranked in the top five over all with his book design. It was the first time a student ranked top 5 alongside professionals. Orange Roc also won an award with their HIFF poster design. KCC and UH AIGA also got to visit their studio and saw their HIFF campaign designs. Super nice work.
the pupus there were excellent! sushi bar, roast beef carving station, etc... it was more like a dinner buffet to me.
one of apple's designers was there as a judge.
overall, it was a good experience. hawaii has a lot of talented print and web designers!