Books: 2011 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards winners

May. 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / staff@honolulupulse.com

The Mission Houses Museum hosted the 2011 Ka Palapala Po‘okela book awards on May 6, with the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association honoring 76 nominees from 51 separate book projects in 13 overall categories. Each category included one winner and one honorable mention (except for a tie in the Excellence in Text or Reference Books) as voted on by members of the Hawaii Book Academy, a group formed to judge the awards that includes librarians, booksellers, educators, publishing and media professionals.

In addition to the 13 categories, the Po’okela Awards also presented the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for the Hawai‘i Book of the Year to Mark and Carolyn Blackburn for “Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art.” The book also won the Award of Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books as well as the Award of Excellence in Design.

William Hamilton, longtime Hawaii book publisher and director of the University of Hawaii Press, was presented the John Dominis Holt Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to Hawai‘i book publishing.

More information about the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards can be found on the HBPA website. A complete list of winners is below.

Click here to see pictures from this event.

2011 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards Winners

Excellence in Children’s Hawaiian Culture

» Winner: “Legend of the Gourd,” adapted and illustrated by Caren Ke‘ala Loebel-Fried; Hawaiian translation by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp (Kamahoi Press)
» Honorable Mention: “Kohala Kuamo‘o: Nae‘ole’s Race to Save a King,” by Kekauleleanae‘ole Kawai‘ae‘a, illustrated by Aaron Kawai‘ae‘a (Kamehameha Publishing)

Excellence in Children’s Illustrative or Photographic Books

» Winner: “Legend of the Gourd,” adapted and Illustrated by Caren Ke‘ala Loebel-Fried, Hawaiian translation by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp (Kamahoi Press)
» Honorable Mention: “Plenty Saimin,” by Feng Feng Hutchins, illustrated by Adriano F. Abatayo (Island Paradise Publishing)

Excellence in Children’s Literature

» Winner: “Plenty Saimin,” by Feng Feng Hutchins, illustrated by Adriano F. Abatayo (Island Paradise Publishing)
» Honorable Mention: “Kohala Kuamo‘o: Nae‘ole’s Race to Save a King,” by Kekauleleanae‘ole Kawai‘ae‘a, illustrated by Aaron Kawai‘ae‘a (Kamehameha Publishing)

Excellence in Hawaiian Culture

» Winner: “Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Primary Hawaiian Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back,” by M. Puakea Nogelmeier (Bishop Museum Press/Awaiaulu Press)
» Honorable Mention: “A Pocket Guide to the Battle of Nu‘uanu 1705,” by Neil Bernard Dukas (Mutual Publishing)

Excellence in Literature

» Winner: “Anshū: Dark Sorrow,” by Juliet S. Kono (Bamboo Ridge Press)
» Honorable Mention: “Tweakerville,” by Alexei Melnick (Mutual Publishing)

Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books

» Winner: “Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art,” by Adrienne L. Kaeppler (Mark and Carolyn Blackburn)
» Honorable Mention: “Akule,” by Wayne Levin (Editions Limited)

Excellence in Natural Science

» Winner: “A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai‘i: The Main Islands and Offshore Waters,” by Jim Denny (UH Press)
» Honorable Mention: “Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Nā Manu Kai,” by Robert J. Shallenberger (UH Press)

Excellence in Text or Reference Books

» Winner: “Ancient Sites of O‘ahu, Revised Edition,” by Van James (Bishop Museum Press)
Honorable Mentions: “Asian Supernatural,” by Alex Paman (Mutual Publishing) and “Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawai‘i, Second Edition,” by David L. Callies (UH Press)

Excellence in Cookbooks

» Winner: “The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong,” by Alan Wong and Arnold Hiura (Watermark Publishing)
» Honorable Mention: “What Maui Likes to Eat,” by Chef Tylun Pang and Gail Ainsworth (Mutual Publishing)

Excellence in Special-Interest Books

» Winner: “The Polynesian Tattoo Today,” by Tricia Allen (Mutual Publishing)
» Honorable Mention: “Ancient Sites of O‘ahu, Revised Edition,” by Van James (Bishop Museum Press)

Excellence in Nonfiction Books

» Winner: “Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Primary Hawaiian Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back,” by M. Puakea Nogelmeier (Bishop Museum Press/Awaiaulu Press)
» Honorable Mention: “The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future,” edited by Craig Howes and Jon Osorio (University of Hawai‘i Press)

Excellence in Design

» Winner: Barbara Pope, Barbara Pope Book Design for “Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art” (Mark and Carolyn Blackburn)
» Honorable Mention: Kurt Osaki and Marisa Oshiro for “The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong” (Watermark Publishing)

Excellence in ‘Aloha from Across the Sea’

» Winner: “Gaff,” by Shan Correa (Peachtree Publishers)
» Honorable Mention: “Captain Cooked,” by S. P. Grogan (Addison & Highsmith Publishers)

People’s Choice Award

» “The Polynesian Tattoo Today,” by Tricia Allen (Mutual Publishing)

Samuel M. Kamakau Award

» “Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art,” by Adrienne L. Kaeppler (Mark and Carolyn Blackburn)

John Dominis Holt Award

» William Hamilton, University of Hawai‘i Press

  • Mlyons7734

    Anshu deserved this award I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I read it just before the tsunami and felt the people of Japan’s pain.