Our director of twenty-five years, William Hamilton, will be retiring at the end of December. Bill came to UH Press in 1987 from Addison-Wesley in Boston, with twenty years of experience in educational publishing. He is the longest-serving and only the third director the Press has had during its sixty-five years of existence. In 2011, Bill received the John Dominis Holt Award for Excellence in Publishing, which recognized his contribution to publishing in Hawai‘i.
Under Bill’s direction, the Press’ title output and sales saw dramatic increases, and it has truly established itself as the premier publisher on Pacific subjects and one of the most respected presses of East Asian and Southeast Asian studies in the world. Bill’s commitment to publishing significant works on Hawai‘i also resulted in some of the Press’ best-selling books, including Plants in Hawaiian Culture, Ka Lei Ha‘aheo: Beginning Hawaiian, Na Lei Makamae: The Treasured Lei, and Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement, and Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust.
We thank Bill for his years of leadership and guidance and wish him (and his beloved Red Sox!) all the best.