Olena Heu is an accomplished and sought-after television personality, entrepreneur and journalist with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech Communication from Hawaii Pacific University. As an award-winning reporter and news anchor, she received recognition for her journalistic excellence as a recipient of the distinguished Edward R. Murrow award, numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards and recent work has garnered a Telly and an Emmy nomination. In 2004, the Kauai native held the title of Miss Hawaii representing The Aloha State at the prestigious Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.
Now the founder of a successful marketing and communications firm with clients across the globe, Olena also produces and stars in “Da Best Hawaii” T.V. show and podcast broadcast on Hawaiian TelCom, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
During her spare time she enjoys serving the community on the HPU Communications Advisory Board, Hawaii Pacific University Alumni Council along with volunteering as Communications Director and President of the Board of Directors for the Miss Hawaii Organization.
Due to strong family history and the results of genetic testing, in the spring of 2019 Olena elected to undergo a prophylactic/preventative double mastectomy without reconstruction. This decision was made a few months after her mother lost her three year fight with metastatic breast cancer (her aunt and grandmother also battled the disease on her maternal side). As a result of the strong family history, genetic testing revealed a RAD50 genetic mutation increasing her already high risk or predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer; Olena chose to lower her risk by over 90% by having this preventative surgical procedure. Since then, Olena has become an advocate and public speaker related to breast cancer prevention.
Olena is a freelance journalist, writer, educator, marketing expert and communications specialist.
Services include writing, content creation, digital marketing management, photography, consulting, television hosting, voice-over acting, education/training and motivational speaking.
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