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  • 2015 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award Winners

    2015 Ka Palapala Pookela Award Winners

    Tonight the Hawai’i Book Publisher’s Association hosted the 2015 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. There were a lot of greats books in the field of nominees, but only these select few were chosen as the winners of the Award of Excellence and Honorable Mention in their respective categories, representing the best of Hawaiʻi publishing in 2014.

    Here are the award results:

    Excellence in Children’s Literature

    • Award of ExcellenceHonu and Hina: A Story of Coexistence by Patrick Ching, illustrated by Patrick Ching and Friends (Island Heritage)
    • Honorable Mention – N/A

    Excellence in Hawaiian Language, Culture & History

    Excellence in Literature

    • Award of ExcellenceThe Red-Headed Hawaiian by Chris McKinney and Rudy Puana, M.D. (Mutual Publishing)
    • Honorable MentionThe Sum of Breathing by Brenda Kwon (Bamboo Ridge Press)

    Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books

    • Award of Excellence‘Io Lani: The Hawaiian Hawk photographs by William Chillingworth
    • Honorable MentionHawaiian Plant Life: Vegetation and Flora by Robert J. Gustafson, Derral R. Herbst & Phillip W. Rundel (University of Hawai`i Press)

    Excellence in Natural Science

    • Award of ExcellenceHawaiian Plant Life: Vegetation and Flora by Robert J. Gustafson, Derral R. Herbst & Phillip W. Rundel (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Honorable MentionThe Watersmart Garden: 100 Great Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape by Fred D. Rauch & Paul R. Weissich (University of Hawai`i Press)

    Excellence in Text or Reference

    • Award of ExcellenceTropical Pacific Island Environments by Christopher Lobban, Maria Schefter, Frank Camacho, &  John Jocson (Bess Press)
    • Honorable MentionPractical Folk Medicine of Hawai‘i by Likeke R. McBride (Petroglyph Press)

    Excellence in Cookbooks

    • Award of ExcellenceOcean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai‘i’s Kusuma Cooray by Kusuma Cooray (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Honorable MentionA Portuguese Kitchen: Traditional Recipes with an Island Twist by Wanda Adams, photos by Ian Gillespie (Mutual Publishing)

    Excellence in Special-Interest Books

    • Award of ExcellenceWriting the Hawai‘i Memoir by Darien Gee (Watermark Publishing)
    • Honorable MentionThe Hawaiian Survival Handbook by Brother Noland, illustrations by Andrew J. Catanzariti (University of Hawai`i Press)

    Excellence in Nonfiction Books

    • Award of ExcellenceSovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai‘i by Carol A. MacLennan (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Honorable MentionNo Mākou Ka Mana – Liberating the Nation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Kamehameha Publishing)

    Excellence in Design

    • Award of ExcellenceHe Puke Nō Nā Pēpē Hawai‘i Baby Book (Bess Press)
    • Honorable MentionThe Hawaiian Survival Handbook designed by Jen Tadaki Catanzariti

    Samuel M. Kamakau Award

    No Makou Ka Mana

    No Mākou Ka Mana – Liberating the Nation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Kamehameha Publishing)

    We would like to congratulate all of the authors, illustrators, designers and publishers on their extraordinary achievements. As always, we hope to see even more excellent books out of Hawaiʻi next year!



  • 2015 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award Nominees

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    It’s our favorite time of year again… the Hawaiʻi Book Publisher’s Association‘s Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards celebrating books published the previous year. Here are the nominees in each category:

    EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

    • Honu and Hina: A Story of Coexistence by Patrick Ching, illustrated by Patrick Ching and Friends (Island Heritage)
    • Uncle’s Magic Thrownet by Todd Yamashita, illustrated by Jamie Meckel Tablason (BeachHouse Publishing)
    • Alphabet Hukilau in Hawai‘i by Vera Arita, illustrated by Mariko Merritt (BeachHouse Publishing)

    EXCELLENCE IN HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE, CULTURE & HISTORY

    • Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear, cover art by Kura Te Waru Rewiri (Ai Pohaku press)
    • No Mākou Ka Mana – Liberating the Nation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Kamehameha Publishing)
    • Ancient Sites Of Hawai‘i: A Guide to Hawaiian Archeological and Cultural Places on the Big Island by Van James (Mutual Publishing)
    • Ke Kauoha Hou me Ka Buke o Nā Halelū a me Nā ‘Ōlelo Akamai a Solomona: The New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs (Mutual Publishing)
    • Keka‘a: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui by Sydney Lehua Iaukea (North Beach-West Maui Benefit Fund Inc.)
    • North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Ka‘ena by John R. K. Clark (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Kua‘āina Kahiko: Life and Land in Ancient Kahikinui, Maui by Patrick Vinton Kirch (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • ‘Ike Ulana Lau Hala: The Vitality and Vibrancy of Lau Hala Weaving Traditions in Hawai‘i edited by Lia O’Neill M.A. Keawe, Marsha MacDowell and C. Kurt Dewhurst (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Ulu I Ka ‘Āina: Land edited by Jonathan K. Osorio (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • The Hawaiian Survival Handbook by Brother Noland, illustrated by Andrew J. Catanzariti (Watermark Publishing)

    EXCELLENCE IN LITERATURE

    EXCELLENCE IN ILLUSTRATIVE or PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOKS

    • The Gecko Who Wanted to Be Different by Dorothy Sarna Saurer, illustrated by Don Robinson (Island Heritage)
    • Islands of Wonder O‘ahu: The Heart of Hawai‘i photographs by Douglas Peebles (Mutual Publishing)
    • Hawaiian Plant Life: Vegetation and Flora by Robert J. Gustafson, Derral R. Herbst & Phillip W. Rundel (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • ‘Io Lani: The Hawaiian Hawk photographs by William Chillingworth

    EXCELLENCE IN NATURAL SCIENCE

    • Hawaiian Plant Life: Vegetation and Flora by Robert J. Gustafson, Derral R. Herbst & Phillip W. Rundel (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • The Watersmart Garden: 100 Great Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape by Fred D. Rauch & Paul R. Weissich (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • ‘Io Lani: The Hawaiian Hawk photographs by William Chillingworth

    EXCELLENCE IN TEXT or REFERENCE

    • Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear, cover art by Kura Te Waru Rewiri (Ai Pohaku Press)
    • Tropical Pacific Island Environments by Christopher Lobban, Maria Schefter, Frank Camacho, &  John Jocson (Bess Press)
    • Shot Psychology by Craig Keast (Kahala Press)
    • Practical Folk Medicine of Hawai‘i by Likeke R. McBride (Petroglyph Press)

    EXCELLENCE IN COOKBOOKS

    • A Portuguese Kitchen: Traditional Recipes with an Island Twist by Wanda Adams, photos by Ian Gillespie (Mutual Publishing)
    • Cooking Hawaiian Style: ‘Ohana Recipes from Lanai & Friends by Lanai Tabura and Frank Abraham (Mutual Publishing)
    • An Okinawan Kitchen: Traditional Recipes with an Island Twist by Chef Grant Sato, photos by Kaz Tanabe (Mutual Publishing)
    • Ocean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai‘i’s Kusuma Cooray by Kusuma Cooray (University of Hawai`i Press)

    EXCELLENCE IN SPECIAL INTEREST

    • He Puke Nō Nā Pēpē Hawai‘i Baby Book by Paige Brattin, illustrations by Lauren Hewitt Caldeiro (Bess Press)
    • Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide by Denby Fawcett
    • Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity, and Cultural Heritage in Hawai‘i, California and Australia by Andrew Warren and Chris Gibson (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team by Dave Shoji and Ann Miller (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir by Darien Gee (Watermark Publishing)
    • The Hawaiian Survival Handbook by Brother Noland, illustrations by Andrew J. Catanzariti (University of Hawai`i Press)

    EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION

    • An Aura of Greatness: A Reflection on Governor John A. Burns by Brendan P. Burns (Aignos Publishing, Inc.)
    • Yesterday in Hawaii: A Voyage Through Time by Scott C. S. Stone (Island Heritage)
    • No Mākou Ka Mana – Liberating the Nation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer (Kamehameha Publishing)
    • Līhu‘e: Root and Branch of a Hawai‘i by Town Pat L. Griffin (Kaua‘i Historical Society)
    • Keka‘a: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui by Sydney Lehua Iaukea (North Beach-West Maui Benefit Fund Inc.)
    • Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy by Lorraine Ward and Katherine Erwin with Yoshinobu Oshiro (Curriculum Research & Development Group)
    • Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide by Denby Fawcett
    • Breaking the Silence: Lessons of Democracy and Social Justice from the World War II Honouliuli Internment and POW Camp in Hawai‘i edited by Suzanne Falgout and Linda Nishigaya (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Kua‘āina Kahiko: Life and Land in Ancient Kahikinui, Maui  by Patrick Vinton Kirch (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai‘i by Carol A. MacLennan (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • From Race to Ethnicity: Interpreting Japanese American Experiences in Hawai‘i by Jonathan Y. Okamura (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea by Susan Scott (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History by John P. Rosa (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions edited by Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua (University of Hawai`i Press)
    • Grove Farm: 150 Years of Stewardship and Innovation by Jan Tenbruggencate (Watermark Publishing)
    • Perry on the Left, Price on the Right by Larry Fleece (Watermark Publishing)

    EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

    • He Puke Nō Nā Pēpē Hawai‘i Baby Book (Bess Press)
    • Haleakala Ranch: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary designed by Barbara Pope, Barbara Pope Book Design
    • No Mākou Ka Mana – Liberating the Nation designed by Mozaic
    • Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide designed by Barbara Pope Book Design
    • Ocean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai‘i’s Kusuma Cooray designed by Mardee Melton
    • Hawaiian Plant Life: Vegetation and Flora designed by Mardee Melton
    • Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team designed by Julie Matsuo-Chun
    • The Hawaiian Survival Handbook designed by Jen Tadaki Catanzariti

    –We hope to see everyone at the awards ceremony on Thursday! It’s open to the public, so come check it out.–

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  • Celebrate 35 Years with Bamboo Ridge Press

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    Bamboo Ridge Press has been an institution in the local literary world for the past thirty-five years, spanning 104 issues sharing the work of over 900 different authors. Every year, the publisher releases two volumes: one anthology and a single-author collection or book. For the 35th anniversary issue–an anthology–Eric Chock and Darrell Lum begin transitioning Bamboo Ridge for the future, doing so with the help of guest editors Lisa Linn Kanae and Lee Cataluna.

    Opening the book are the Editor’s Choice Awards picks. Christy Passion’s poetry kicks off the collection with a lingering bang and fizzle. Her poems read of loss, both literal in possession and figurative in dreams and expectation. Though the feel is often melancholy, her use of words and imagery are sharp and jarring, like “the slap of metal zippers hitting the dryer door.” Best Prose choice, Kevin Won continues with “Daniel 12.3,” a funny and charming tale from the perspective of a “Rain Man” like boy who can see physics equations solving in the air, but can’t see his mother’s face. It is both scientific, frightening, and heartwarming.

    In between is a nice portrait of weaver Ruthadell Anderson whose works adorn some of Hawaii’s most notable art museums and public spaces. Included are glossy, color photographs of some of her favorite work.

    The rest of Issue #104 reads of some of the best names in literary local writing. R. Zamora Linmark feeds us his unyielding stream including a raucous take on a Filipina ‘The Help;’ Juliet Kono’s protagonist decries the loss and reclamation of her name; Lanning Lee delights with some “Amish Friendship Bread Starter;” Tyler Miranda get the Pidgin-kine ads, Cathy Song violently lamenting those damn crowing roosters, Gary Pak taking the reader on a Korean cultural tag-along; Lee Tonouchi’s storytelling with the ukubillion funny lines; and so much more from the likes of Joe Tsujimoto, Frances Won, Kahikahealani Wight, Wing Tek Lum, Normie Salvador, Joseph Stanton, Amalia Bueno, and on and on.

    There’s a section highlighting the best of Bamboo Shoots (try write and this could be you!) featuring upcoming writers Donald Carreira Ching, Richard Melendez and Terri Nakamura. And the collection ends naturally with some exciting new writing from our editors! Of course, don’t forget to look out on page 152 to see a short local take on ‘The Breakfast Club’ by our very own Misty.

    Be sure to help celebrate 35 years with Bamboo Ridge Press by purchasing the book (link below) for only $18 and also by attending one of the many fantastic readings that will be happening starting tomorrow (Sunday) and lasting through the week. Details are below.

    Bamboo Ridge Issue #104
    edited by Eric Chock, Darrell H.Y. Lum, Lee Cataluna, Lisa Linn Kanae
    Bamboo Ridge Press, 2014
    Softcover, 280 pages
    ISBN: 978-0-910043-90-8

    Bamboo Ridge 35th Anniversary Issue Events

    Bamboo Ridge Issue #104 Preview Party
    Sunday, November 16, 2PM at Native Books Hawaii -
    Free and Open to the Public. Free Parking at Ward Warehouse.
    Featured readers:

    • Lanning C. Lee
    • Prana Joy Mandoe
    • Wing Tek Lum
    • Joseph Stanton
    • Kahikahealani Wight
    • Frances Won

    M.I.A. presents 35 Years of Bamboo Ridge Press
    Monday, November 17, 7:30pm. Fresh Cafe’s Loft in Space (831 Queen St.)
    Free and open to the public.
    Featured readers:

    • Frances Won
    • Kevin Won
    • Misty-Lynn Sanico
    • Richard Melendez
    • Eric Paul Schaffer
    • Donald Carreira Ching

    From Roots to Shoots, a Wine & Words Fundraiser for Bamboo Ridge Press
    Tuesday, November 18. 7PM at Manoa Valley Theatre
    Featuring:

    • Bamboo Ridge Press founding editors Eric Chock and Darrell Lum
    • BAMBOO RIDGE Issue #104 guest co-editor Lisa Linn Kanae
    • Editors’ Choice Award winners Connie Pan, Christy Passion, and Kevin Won
    • Bamboo Shoots coordinator Lanning C. Lee
    • Buckaloose Gang members Donald Carreira Ching, Richard Melendez, and Misty-Lynn Sanico
    • Da Pidgin Guerilla Lee A. Tonouchi
    • AND Brenda Kwon, previewing her upcoming collection, THE SUM OF BREATHING

    Out Loud in the Library presents Bamboo Ridge #104 Readers
    Thursday, November 20, 5:30PM at Windward Community College Library
    Free and open to the public.
    Suggested donation: $50.00. Call 626.1481 for tickets
    Featured authors:

    • Donald Carreira Ching
    • Richard Melendez
    • Misty-Lynn Sanico
    • Joseph Stanton
    • Kevin Won

    Bamboo Ridge #104 Authors at Leeward Community College
    Friday, November 21, 12:00PM at LCC’s Student Lounge
    Free and open to the public.
    Featured readers:

    • Donald Carreira Ching
    • Elmer Omar Pizo
    • Eric Paul Shaffer
    • Kahikahealani Wight
    • Frances Won


  • Watermark Publishing’s GIVABLE Gift Baskets

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    Kau Kau Cuisine gift set

    Are you looking for that perfect present for the holidays? Watermark Publishing just might have what you are looking for.

    Watermark is known locally for the production value they put into their books, and these special gift sets–available at Holiday Prices at the HBPA Book & Gift Sale this Saturday, November 15–are no exception. We really appreciate how they make book-reading and book-buying an experience. Here’s a spotlight on two of their newest gift sets featuring a couple of their latest books.

    First is the Kau Kau “Jus’ Add Rice” gift set (pictured above) which includes:

    The “Jus’ Add Rice” gift set will sell for $45, but $40 at the Holiday Sale price. There is also a Deluxe edition of this gift set, which includes all of the above AND the original Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands for $75 regular and $65 Holiday Sale price.


    Next is The Hawaiian Survival Handbook gift set, which includes the new book by Brother Noland, as well as his “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2″ CD which is not available in stores (only on iTunes or sold at concerts). This set is selling for $25.

    In addition to these new gift sets, Watermark will also have available at the sale and online some of their classic gift sets which at minimum include a Cane Haul Road towel and one of the following books:

    You can find more info on these gift sets at Watermark Publishing.

    These gift sets and more will be available at the HBPA Holiday Book & Gift Fair, this Saturday, November 15 at the Bess Press Warehouse.



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