University of Hawai‘i Press was highlighted at the annual Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards gala on May 6, when its director, William Hamilton, was honored with the John Dominis Holt Award for Excellence in Publishing. Hamilton is the Press’ longest serving director and only the third in its 64-year history.
In addition to the Holt Award, books published by the Press receiving accolades this year included:
A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai‘i: The Main Islands and Offshore Waters (Jim Denny) — Award of Excellence in Natural Science
Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Nā Manu Kai (Robert J. Shallenberger) — Honorable Mention, Excellence in Natural Science
Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawai‘i (David L. Callies) — Honorable Mention, Excellence in Text or Reference Books
The Value of Hawaiʻi: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future (Craig Howes & Jonathan Osorio) — Honorable Mention, Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for Hawai‘i Book of the Year went to Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art (Adrienne L. Kaeppler), distributed for the Blackburns by UH Press. The stunning book also won the Award of Excellence in the category of Illustrative or Photographic Books and its designer, Barbara Pope Book Design, was the winner in the Design category.
Read the Hawai‘i Book Blog post of the award ceremony at: http://www.hawaiibookblog.com/articles/2011-ka-palapala-pookela-winners/.
View photos of the event from the May 11, 2011, PULSE post: http://www.honolulupulse.com/events/books-2011-ka-palapala-po%e2%80%98okela-awards-winners.