This year’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards Ceremony was held on April 30 at the Bishop Museum. The awards are presented by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association to recognize the finest books published during the previous year.
Two UH Press titles received the Honorable Mention in their respective categories: Ethnobotany of Pohnpei: Plants, People, and Island Culture, edited by Michael J. Balick, earned the award for Excellence in Text and Reference Books, and Talking Hawai‘i’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People, edited by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto, Warren S. Nishimoto, and Cynthia A. Oshiro, for Excellence in Nonfiction.
Three books distributed by UH Press also garnered honorable mentions: the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Plants of the Canoe People: An Ethnobotanical Voyage through Polynesia, by W. Arthur Whistler, for the Natural Science category, Pacific Images: Views from Captain Cook’s Third Voyage (2nd ed.), by Eleanor C. Nordyke, for Illustrative or Photographic Books, and Copley Square Press’ Ben Norris: American Modernist, 1910–2006 for the “Aloha from beyond Hawai‘i” category, which is for entries from publishers based outside Hawai‘i.
A complete list of winners is available here.