2008 KA PALAPALA PO'OKELA AWARD
"What Hawaii Likes to Eat," by Betty Shimabukuro and Muriel Miura, won the cookbook category and "Don Ho: My Music, My Life" by Don Ho and Jerry Hopkins, took first place in the special interest category in the 2008 Na Palapala awards.
Hi‘iaka legend translation wins top isle book award
Puakea Nogelmeier's landmark translation of the Hawaiian legend of Hi'iaka was named Hawai'i Book of the Year last night at the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association 2008 Ka Palapala Po'okela book awards.
"The Epic Tale of Hi'iakaikapoliopele," published by Awaiaulu Press, is a 495-page book with color illustrations by Solomon Enos that tells the story of Pele's younger sister, Hi'iaka.
It won the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for the year's top book, as well as awards for excellence in Hawaiian culture, literature and design.
Awards in 13 categories were announced in a ceremony at the East-West Center timed to coincide with this weekend's Hawai'i Book and Music Festival on the grounds of Honolulu Hale.
Among the winners was "What Hawai'i Likes to Eat," a partnership between the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Mutual Publishing, which won in the cookbook category. The book was written by veteran cookbook author Muriel Miura and Star-Bulletin features editor Betty Shimabukuro.
The John Dominis Holt Award, recognizing lifetime contributions to local book publishing, went to Eric Chock and Darrell H.Y. Lum of Bamboo Ridge Press.
A total of 86 nominations were received for 65 book projects, voted on by the Hawai'i Book Academy.
Children's Hawaiian Culture:
"Lumpy Poi and Twisting Eels" by David Kawika Eyre, illustrated by Imaikalani Kalahele (Kamehameha Publishing). Honorable mention: "Girls' Day/Boys' Day" by Minako Ishii (Bess Press).
Children's Illustrative or Photographic Books: "From Aloha to Zippy's: A Keiki Alphabet Book" (Bess Press). Honorable mention: "Kraken-ka, The Komodo Dragon" by Jodi Parry Belknap and Tamara Montgomery, illustrated by Joseph D. Dodd (Calabash Books).
Children's Literature: "The Watercolor Cat" by Shelly Mecum, art by Peggy Chun (Mutual Publishing). Honorable mention: "Lumpy Poi and Twisting Eels" by David Kawika Eyre, illustrated by Imaikalani Kalahele (Kamehameha Publishing).
Hawaiian Culture: "Ka Mo'olelo O Hi'iakaikapoliopele -- The Epic Tale of Hi'iakaikapoliopele" as told by Ho'oulum'hiehie, translated by M. Puakea Nogelmeier, illustrated by Solomon Enos (Awaiaulu Press). Honorable mention: "Na Kua'aina: Living Hawaiian Culture" by Davianna Pamaika'i McGregor (University of Hawai'i Press).
Literature: "The Epic Tale of Hi'iakaikapoliopele." Honorable mention: "An Offering of Rice" by Mavis Hara (Bamboo Ridge Press).
Illustrative or Photographic Books: "Moku o Lo'e: A History of Coconut Island" by P. Christiaan Klieger, with Philip Helfrich and Jo-Ann C. Leong (Bishop Museum Press). Honorable mention: "Kai: Ocean Wisdom from Hawai'i" by Renata Provenzano (Watermark Publishing).
Natural Science: "Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands" by John E. Randall (University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program). Honorable mention: "Hawaiian Reef Plants" by John M. Huisman, Isabella A. Abbott and Celia M. Smith, photography by John M. Huisman (University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program).
Text or Reference Books: "Vaka Moana, Voyages of the Ancestors: The Discovery and Settlement of the Pacific" edited by K. R. Howe (University of Hawai'i Press). Honorable mention: "The Hawaiian Quilt: The Tradition Continues" by Poakalani Serrao, John Serrao, Raelene Correia and Cissy Serrao (Mutual Publishing).
Cookbooks: "What Hawai'i Likes to Eat" by Muriel Miura and Betty Shimabukuro, photography by Kaz Tanabe (Mutual Publishing). Honorable mention: "A DASH of Aloha: Healthy Hawai'i Cuisine and Lifestyle," Kapi'olani Community College Culinary Arts Program (Watermark Publishing).
Special Interest: "Don Ho: My Music, My Life" by Don Ho and Jerry Hopkins (Watermark Publishing). Honorable mention: "50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save Hawai'i" by Gail L. Grabowsky (Bess Press).
Nonfiction: "Vaka Moana, Voyages of the Ancestors: The Discovery and Settlement of the Pacific." Honorable mention (tie): "Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff" by Dean Sakamoto with Karla Britton and Diana Murphy (Honolulu Academy of Arts/Yale University Press) and "The Story of Lana'i" by George C. Munro (Richard M. Towill).
Design: "The Epic Tale of Hi'iakaikapoliopele," Barbara Pope, Barbara Pope Book Design. Honorable mention: "The Story of Lana'i."
Aloha from Beyond Hawai'i: "Night of the Howling Dogs" by Graham Salisbury (Wendy Lamb Books). Honorable mention: "Legendary Hawai'i and the Politics of Place: Tradition, Translation, and Tourism" by Cristina Bacchilega (University of Pennsylvania Press).