University of Hawai‘i Press titles were among the winners at the 2007 Ka Palapala Po‘okela book awards ceremony, held on May 18, 2007. The awards are presented by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association to recognize the finest books published during the previous year.
Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement, and Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust, by Samuel P. King and Randall W. Roth, was awarded the coveted Samuel M. Kamakau Award for Hawai‘i Book of the Year, as well as the certificate award in the nonfiction category and an honorable mention in Hawaiian Culture. This best-selling book by a federal judge and a UH law professor recounts the background and dramatic events surrounding the ouster of Bishop Estate trustees in the 1990s. According to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (July 4, 2006), Broken Trust belongs at “the top of Hawaii’s must-read list.”
Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia, edited by Frank Stewart, Kareva Mateata-Allain, and Alexander Dale Mawyer, received the Excellence in Literature Award. The first anthology of its kind, Varua Tupu offers English-speaking readers the stories, memoirs, poetry, photography, and paintings of a French Polynesian artistic community that has been growing in strength since the 1960s.
Waikiki: A History of Forgetting & Remembering, by Gaye Chan and Andrea Feeser, received an honorable mention in Excellence in Design.
Also honored were UH Press author Caren Loebel-Fried and Iz: The Voice of the People (Bess Press) and The Seven Orchids (Bamboo Ridge Press), both distributed outside of Hawai‘i by University of Hawai‘i Press.