Our Story


Tina L. Kies, Owner & CEO, and her son, Royce

At an early age, Tina learned the value of language and communicating with intention. Her mother, an Okinawan native, spoke English as a second language in the home. Speaking clearly, enunciating words and articulating thought in a concise manner was the way of life. 

Tina attended the University of Washington in Seattle, studying Communications and Japanese Language & Literature; the perfect marriage of her two passions of language and culture. 

With a desire to grow her marketing knowledge base and utilize her Japanese speaking abilities, Tina attained summer internships on the Pacific island of Okinawa, her place of birth, at a reputable marketing agency, GXE Communications, as well as a stint at a travel company in Naha. Upon graduation from the UW, she relocated to Honolulu, Hawai'i where she began her career at a leading public relations and marketing agency, Becker Communications, Inc., as an account executive.

Tina founded Chikara PR, LLC after two decades of organic, progressive growth as a marketing and public relations professional. She is a nationally-recognized communicator and recipient of numerous industry awards including those from the International Association of Business Communicators, American Advertising Federation, League of American Communications Professionals and the Public Relations Society of America

In 2004, she was awarded the annual Hokupa'a Award ("Young PR Person of the Year" for the State of Hawai'i) for her proven leadership and professional accomplishments. In 2016, she became a guest columnist for McKnight's LTC News, a national healthcare publication; in 2019, she became a contributing author for Bellingham Alive, a regional lifestyle magazine.

With a genuine love for the written word and extensive knowledge of business management principles, Tina has successfully executed strategic marketing and public relations campaigns that have resulted in increased revenue, enhanced awareness and elevated customer loyalty. Her client base has spanned Washington State, Hawai'i and Southern California. Over the years, she has put her expert knowledge to use for organizations within the healthcare, non-profit, hotel and resort, retail, restaurant, and social/golf club sectors. 

It is Tina's belief that one person can make a difference. It is through her own experiences and personal empowerment that she strives to help others reach their potential, personally and professionally. Chikara PR, LLC was founded on the premise that together, through collaborative effort and positive energy, we all benefit.

Contact Tina directly with any questions or to schedule a complimentary consultation at tina@chikarapr.com or by phone at 360.630.9300