Olena Heu, an award-winning journalist and former news anchor/reporter has been named Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle for the MAUIWatch Community Network. In this role she will lead the Lifestyle category to make it bolder, buzzier, and more essential to audiences on and off of Maui. MAUIWatch Founder & CEO Neldon Mamuad said, “We are pleased to welcome Olena to the team as we begin a new era for MAUIWatch’s digital presence on the island.”
Olena is a Kauai native who holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communications and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. Crowned Miss Hawaii 2004, Olena traveled the globe as Hawaii’s official hostess of the State of Hawaii and represented the Aloha State at Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.
She also currently manages her own firm, Olena Heu Communications, which specializes in digital marketing, social media management and strategy, consulting, and freelance writing. Olena is also an adjunct professor, lecturer, and motivational speaker. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, water sports, traveling, and delicious food.