Testimonials

 

What the cool kids are saying…

“Tracy and Guy are absolute professionals in the realm of PR. In working with Poi Planet, our project, The Hollow Spheres (local pop/rock band), gained exposure through such channels as Pakele Live, The Perry & Price Show, Hawaii News Now, KITV, and The Ulu Hou Festival. Tracy and Guy made us truly feel like they were on our team. Working with Poi Planet was always both professional and fun…they always had our best interests in mind. Poi Planet is professionally connected to many of the movers and shakers in the media industry here in Honolulu, and we can’t thank them enough for their hard work in support of our project.”

~Sean Cleland, Owner of Sean Cleland Music and The Hollow Spheres

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Tracy is the consumate professional and she is very good at what she does. She helped us get the word out about our company, Ecolicious, by using a variety of different media. She also prepped and shaped our message to the public about our business. We recommend anyone needing PR to talk to the great people at Poi Planet.”

~Carol D’Angelo & Dexter Doi, Ecolicious Hawaii

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“Tracy, Thanks for making the part I like least—having my picture taken!—relatively painless and very smooth, and for working so hard for our event! YOU are good. You were a pleasure, and I hope to see you again. I’m definitely coming back!”

~Lynn Ahrens, Tony-Award Winning Writer and Lyricist, Dramatist Guild/Hawaii Event

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“Tracy can get things done. She has the ability and correct vision to put the right people together and follow through with campaigns that are not only relevant to their business, but also fun and meaningful. Her hands on approach and intuitiveness allow her to manage and guide you in a direction that delivers results. She’s a great teacher who wants the best for the organization and empowers owners so they can successfully manage their own campaigns and keep the pr going even if she’s not as involved. We were fortunate to find Tracy and her team.”

~Nathan Bingham, Owner, Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales 

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“I’ve known Tracy for years, but my feature film The Haumāna was the first project we worked on together professionally. The reach of the film was vast and the involvement of Tracy and the Poi Planet team was a vital part of that success. Their personal attention, assertive work ethic, “aloha” attitude and creative collaboration make for the perfect relationship I have with Tracy and Poi Planet and I look forward to working with them on future endeavors.” 

~Keo Woolford, Writer/Director, Hula Nation Filmworks

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“FX Group has been working with Tracy and Poi Planet for several years and consider her to be our most valuable resource in Hawaii. She keeps her finger on the pulse of what is new and exciting in the state of Hawaii — invaluable information for our national and international clients.”

~Hugh O’Reilly, FX-Group, Inc.

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“As a smaller company, we had reservations in engaging Poi Planet as our advertising budget is often created out of need rather than apportionment. We started with a six-month trial and are now approaching our third year together. Our relationship is highly interactive and exceeds the results we were hoping to accomplish.  In a recent comment to Tracy Larrua, I mentioned that I would not be able to engage in the marketing initiatives we have without her. Poi Planet has become an integral part of our business and pursuits.”

~Alan Okami, President, KoAloha Inc.

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“For PR, you want someone that pitches for you from morning to night, someone aggressive enough to find a story, an angle or some brilliant idea which results in coverage of your event, story or product.  You want someone that has a vast and expansive network of contacts that can really benefit you, as the client.  On top of all of that, you want someone that is accountable and gets consistent and frequent results. Tracy Larrua/Poi Planet is all of the above and more.  Mele Mei is a month long celebration of Hawaii’s music and word of the festival has to be as far reaching into the mainland market and visitor market.  It’s not an easy task as we have events that need to be promoted well before the series starts both locally and nationally, and obviously during the month as well.  Since day one, Tracy has delivered and then some.”

~Pali Ka’aihue, President, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts

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“Tracy has helped us put together successful community events we would otherwise not have been able to pull off. She has a tremendous amount of connections within the entertainment and art world and has not been hesitant to share her connections with us. As a family service non-profit we often lack the funding to hire a consultant. Tracy has been able to work with our budget and give it her all.”

~Norma Spierings, Community Relations Director, Parents And Children Together

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“Weʻre really glad we chose to work with the Poi Planet team.  As a new business, their guidance was extremely helpful and gave us the confidence and preparation we needed to implement our public launch and first round of media interviews.  We could not have done it without them!”

~Wei Fang, Hello Makana

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“Tracy does not miss a beat! I first had the privilege of working with her when she brought clients in for our weekday morning broadcast. She kept everything organized, well-communicated and ensured the guests were exactly where they needed to be, while simultaneously making calls and multitasking upcoming projects. For a live production, if any one of those factors noted falls through, it can make for a rough segment. However, considering the professional Tracy is, the spots went off without a hitch. Seamless, really! She is a pleasure to work with and her bright, fun personality adds to the experience.”

~Amber-Lynn HydenFreelance Writer/Emcee; Experienced Airline & Media Professional

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“Tracy takes my ideas and makes them explode. I am a producer of live comedy and a stand up comedian in Los Angeles and New York. The shows I produce are consistently sold out. Tracy is a great resource when it comes to marketing and PR. 

Tracy has an amazing way of getting a potential customer engaged and excited about my products. When I’m famous, she’ll be leading my PR campaign!”

~Matthew Moore, Owner/Improv For the People, Actor

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“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Tracy for the past 10 years – she brings her exuberant personality and high degree of style to everything she does. I have attended numerous events which Tracy has promoted and am always impressed by her ability to make each event seem unique and special in its own right. I know that there is a tremendous work ethic behind Tracy’s easy-going personality and I highly recommend Tracy for her talents, generosity and winning smile and grace.”

~JC Jaress, Director of Business Development at Evolution, Inc.

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“Tracy is an excellent freelance PR Person. She has worked with me on projects, and I have been her client — we even worked on an outdoor ice rink in Century City together here in LA. She is extremely creative, resourceful and talented. I highly recommend her to supplement staff and to bring a spark and expertise to any project.”

~Marje Bennetts, President at M Bennetts Public Relations

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“Tracy has been an amazing mentor in my journey to becoming a PR professional. During the Summer of 2010, Tracy taught me the ins and outs of becoming a communications specialist by showing me how to develop partnerships with news stations and the press, how to pitch stories to the media, and how to write outstanding press releases and post reports after a project was done. I was privileged to work with noteworthy clients such as Peace Bridge, BHH, Diamond Head Theatre and The Movement. Tracy was always there to fill me in on everything and anything and dropped much knowledge in the MarCom industry. She guided me onto the path of good and hard work and was a wonderful person to work with.”

~John Paul Fukumae, Publicity Coordinator at NBCUniversal

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“I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working with and learning all there is to know about PR/MarCom/Promotions from Tracy. Over the past 8 years, I’ve been so fortunate to not only have her as a very good friend but also as a mentor, guiding me along the way in my advertising/marketing/promotions career. Her dedication, hard work, out-of-the-box creativity, and positive energy are just a handful of things that I’ve always admired about her. She’s a true professional and definitely your go to PR gal for whatever your PR needs might be!”

~Joy Arcayan, Freelance Marketing & Events Associate

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“Thank you for your PR service.  You did a great job assisting us in opening Doraku Kaka’ako and furthering our brand to the press and public.  We appreciate your level of professionalism, dedication, and hard work in order to successfully launch our newest restaurant in Honolulu.  Thank you again for doing such a great job!”

~Kevin Aoki, The Aoki Group/Doraku/Blue Tree Cafe

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“The Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts engaged PoiPlanet to provide PR for Mele Mei, and promote our Academy and its activities.  Through her many contacts in Hawai‘i and on the mainland, is quick to tap into her network to publicize our organization and our activities.  We are extremely pleased with the results as Tracy Larrua has a lot of experience working with nonprofit and music/entertainment organizations and understands our needs.  She has many creative ideas such as organizing a media familiarization tour to promote Mele Mei, the annual month of Hawaiian music, dance and cultural events.  The media tour generated quite a lot of positive press and contributed to increased numbers to all the Mele Mei events. Tracy is a pleasure to work with and in addition to positive outcomes, she is always accessible, on time.”

~Lea Uehara, Secretary, HARA (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts)

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“If you’re looking for marketing done with heart and style, Poi Planet can’t be beat.  Tracy has a way with professionalism that both gets the job done efficiently and effectively – with a skilled and experienced touch.  She has an eye for connections – without her, I would’ve never been supported by one of the most incredible companies, KoAloha!”

~Kawehi Wight, Artist

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“Tracy was always a pleasure to work due to her tireless efforts and dedication to her role as the Director of PR at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica. She single handedly created many successful and ongoing community outreach events that the hotel needed to stay involved within the community. I could always count on Tracy to create new and exciting ideas to help me become a better Sales Manager. Ms. Larrua was never hard to find or too busy to pitch in when it was time for all hands on deck. Any organization would be fortunate to have Tracy on their team!”

~Laurie Guidry Manning, Dir. of Sales & Marketing, Bourbon Orleans Hotel

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“Tracy and I worked together on many projects. Tracy was instrumental in creating a PR campaign for a new restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. Her work was impeccable, well thought out and extremely creative. She is a true professional and pushes the envelope to get the desired results for her partners or clients. I strongly recommend Tracy as a PR professional.”

~ Jon McGavin, GM, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

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“Simply put, Tracy knows how to make things happen. During her work with LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau (now LA Tourism), Tracy met challenges with a ‘can do’ attitude and engaging personality. She communicated effectively and always generated results. On top of all the hard work she produced, Tracy was always a pleasure to work with too.”

~Robin McClain, VP of Marketing and Communications, Destination DC