The late Mary Kawena Pukui, shown here sharing knowledge with young visitors to the Bishop Museum, was given the first Hawaii Book Publishers Association posthumous John Dominis Holt Award for Book Publishing Person of the Year in recognition of her contributions to Hawaiian literature.
Bishop Museum photo
General category finalists in its 1996 Ka Palapala Po'okela book awards have been announced by the Hawaii Book Publishers Association, a division of the Hawaii Publishers Association.
An independent panel of judges chose the finalists. Winners will be determined this summer by equally weighted votes cast by HPA professionals and members of the public. Public ballots will be available in the state libraries. and results of the voting will be announced in the fall.
The judges also selected winners for the technical category awards.
The judges this year were: Dan Boylan, teacher and commentator; Bob Dye, analyst and writer; John Heckathorn, of Honolulu Magazine; Cynthia Latish, of Borders Books & Music; Joyce Miyamoto, of the Hawaii State Library; Ramsay, artist and preservationist; John Simonds, of the Hawaii Newspaper Agency; and Chieko Tachihata of the University of Hawaii Hamilton Library.
Earlier this year, HBPA presented its first posthumous John Dominis Holt Award for Book Publishing Person of the Year to Mary Kawena Pukui for her contributions to Hawaiian literature.
Just one finalist was named in the nonfiction books general category, which wins by default.
The technical category and nonfiction books winners are:
The finalists in the general categories are:
- Excellence in Production: Barbara Pope Book Design for "Kaho'olawe: Na Leo O Kanaloa," 'Ai Pohaku Press. According to Heckathorn, the judging captain, "Kaho'olawe" was "a large project pulled together beautifully, with stunning design."
- Excellence in Illustration: Don Robinson for "Hawai'i Island Legends," Kamehameha Schools Press. "Robinson captured the life behind the Hawaiian legends," said Heckathorn.
- Excellence in Photography: Franco Salmoiraghi for "In the Lee of Hualalai," Kaupulehu Makai Venture. "A stunning range of images on the part of the photographer - a tour de force, both in quantity and quality," said Heckathorn.
- Excellence in Writing Literature: Juliet Kono, for "Tsunami Years," Bamboo Ridge Press. "A finely crafted insight into local life," said Heckathorn.
- Excellence in Writing Non-Fiction: George Engebretson, for "Honolulu Stadium: Where Hawaii Played," Watermark Publishing. "An evocative look at Hawaii's past, and a rich source of memories for many," said Heckathorn.
- Excellence in Non-Fiction Books: "Maui's Floral Splendor," by Angela Kay Kepler, Mutual Publishing.
- Excellence in Children's Books: "Hawaii Sings" by Joy Au, Mutual Publishing; "Ke Nui A'e Au" by Keiki Chang Kawai'ae'a, 'Aha Punana Leo; "How the B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly" by Lisa Matsumoto, Lehua Inc.
- Excellence in Literature: "McDougal's Honolulu Mysteries" by Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing; "Folktales of Hawaii, He Mau Ka'ao Hawai'i" by Mary Kawena Pukui and Laura C.S. Green, Bishop Museum Press.
- Excellence in Hawaiian Culture: "Kaho'olawe: Na Leo O Kanaloa" compiled by Rowland Reeve, 'Ai Pohaku Press; "Na Mele Welo: Songs of Our Heritage," edited by Pat N. Bacon and Nathan Napoka, Bishop Museum Press.
- Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books: "Kaho'olawe: Na Leo O Kanaloa" compiled by Rowland Reeve, 'Ai Pohaku Press; "Honolulu Stadium: Where Hawaii Played" by George Engebretson, Watermark Publishing.
- Excellence in Specialty or Guide Books: "Memories of Duke: The Legend Comes to Life" by Sandra Kimberly Hall and Greg Ambrose, Bess Press; "Made In Paradise: Hollywood Films of Hawaii and the South Seas" by Luis Reyes, Mutual Publishing; "Hawaiian and Other Polynesian Gourds" by Ernest S. Dodge, Ku Pa'a Publishing; "Hawaiian Canoe Building (Revised Edition)" by Naomi N.Y. Chun, Kamehameha Schools Press; "With Sam Choy: Cooking From the Heart" by Sam Choy, Mutual Publishing.