Waves of Resistance Book Launch

Waves of ResistanceUniversity of Hawai‘i Press will launch the publication of Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawai‘i, by Isaiah Helekunihi Walker, on Saturday, May 7, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i, Ward Warehouse (‘ewa end), 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard, phone: 597-8967.

Dr. Walker will give a talk and answer questions on his work, followed by a book signing, refreshments, and informal discussion. The public is invited to attend the free event. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

A Bibliographic History of Guam

GuahanBlending bibliographic integrity with absorbing essays on a wide range of historical interpretations, Guahan: A Bilbiographic History, by Nicholas Goetzfridt, offers a new approach to the history of Guam. Here is a treasure trove of ideas, historiographies, and opportunities that allows readers to reassess previously held notions and conclusions about Guam’s past and the heritage of the indigenous Chamorro people. Particular attention is given to Chamorro perspectives and the impact of more than four hundred years of colonial presences on Micronesia’s largest island.

Extensive cross-references and generous but targeted samples of historical narratives compliment the bibliographic essays. Detailed Name and Subject Indexes to the book’s 326 entries cover accounts and interpretations of the island from Ferdinand Magellan’s “discovery” of Guahan (“Guam” in the Chamorro language) in 1521 to recent events, including the Japanese occupation and the American liberation of Guam in 1944. The indexes enable easy and extensive access to a bounty of information. The Place Index contains both large and localized geographic realms that are placed vividly in the context of these histories. An insightful Foreword by Chamorro scholar Anne Perez is included.

“Goetzfridt’s work demonstrates the dynamics of history, each generation considering past events in light of current realities and contemporary understandings of the world. This volume, therefore, is important not simply because it provides us with an invaluable and substantial fount of references that will be supremely useful to teachers, scholars, and all enthusiasts of Mariana Islands history. Its importance lies also in its packaging as a resource for current and future generations to understand the changing face and contested space of Guam history.” —from the Foreword by Anne Perez Hattori

May 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3481-4 / $55.00 (CLOTH)

Learn about Power Foods and Enter to Win a Free Copy of Eat Smart, Stay Well

Eat Smart, Stay WellWhether you are looking for help with a particular medical condition or to maximize your intake of essential fats, vitamins, and minerals for optimum health, this is a reference book you cannot be without.

Many of us know the importance of eating a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. But less well known are the specific beneficial health properties of individual plants. Plant foods are powerful—they can lower your blood pressure, improve brain function, protect against certain cancers, repair nerve damage . . . the key is knowing which plants pack the most punch. Eat Smart, Stay Well, by Susanna Lyle, contains:

• Information on 115 readily available edible plants that will support and strenghten your health and wellbeing;
• Detailed analysis of what is in the plants and their specific benefits for a range of health issues;
• Recipe suggestions, which accompany many of the entries, and tables listing plants by specific health benefits for easy reference.

April 2011 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3593-4 / $19.95 (PAPER)

From April 25 to May 16, enter to win a free copy of Eat Smart, Stay Well at goodreads.com!

“…and then there will be cake.”

UH Press and its major publishing partners exhibited at last month’s joint Association for Asian Studies (AAS)/International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) conference, held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Conferees were treated to a reception featuring chocolates by Choco le‘a (the Press’ own Colins Kawai) and all manner of cakes:

Strawberry Custard: Cornell East Asia Series, Cornell University East Asia Program; UH Press
Lemon Custard: KITLV Press
German Chocolate: National University of Singapore (NUS) Press
Banana Custard: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Dobash (a Hawai‘i specialty, chocolate cake with chocolate pudding filling): Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) Press

2011 Ka Palapala Pookela Awards

The annual Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards, presented by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, honor Hawai‘i’s best books, authors, and illustrators. This year’s award ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011, 5:30-9:00 pm, at the Mission Houses Museum (free parking at Kawaiaha‘o Plaza, on the corner of South and Kawaiaha‘o streets).

Tickets are $30 and include entry to the Museum, pupu and cocktails, gourmet chocolates by Choco le’a, and entertainment by Na Leo Pilimehana. Click here to purchase tickets: http://www.hawaiibooks.org/ or stop by the Mission Houses Museum or Native Books. The awards will be hosted by Kimo Kahoano and Carole Kai.

This year’s UH Press nominees are:

Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawai‘i, Second Edition, by David L. Callies
(Excellence in Text or Reference, Excellence in Design)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai‘i: The Main Islands and Offshore Waters by Jim Denny
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Natural Science)

Living on the Shores of Hawai‘i: Natural Hazards, the Environment, and Our Communities by Charles Fletcher, Robynne Boyd, William J. Neal, and Virginia Tice
(Excellence in Natural Science, Excellence in Text or Reference)

Bright Triumphs from Dark Hours: Turning Adversity into Success by David Heenan
(Excellence in Nonfiction, Excellence in Design)

Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii by Don J. Hibbard, Glenn E. Mason, and Karen J. Weitze
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Nonfiction, Excellence in Design)

The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future edited by Craig Howes and Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio
(Excellence in Nonfiction)

Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Na Manu Kai by Robert J. Shallenberger
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Natural Science)

Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English edited by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, and Robert Sullivan
(Excellence in Literature)

Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art by Adrienne Kaeppler (distributed for Mark and Carolyn Blackburn)
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Design)

Making Transcendents Honored

Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China, by Robert Ford Campany, received an honorable mention for the Association for Asian Studies’ 2010 Joseph Levenson Prize (pre-1900 category). The Levenson Prize is awarded annually to English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China.

Praise for Making Transcendents:

“Campany summarizes scholarship on the sociology of secrecy, recent work on how identity is shaped through culture, and he supplies the best discussion I have read on the problems and explanatory potential of hagiography. The epilogue which addresses the fundamental problems of how we can assess the sincerity and motivations of adepts and the extent to which we can determine from stories about transcendents what really happened, is especially clear and eloquent. In short, this is a book as surprising and rich in detail as the stories that inspired it.” —Journal of Chinese Studies

“If one day we arrive at a more profound understanding of the hidden agendas behind so much of Chinese writing, hagiographical as well as historical, Making Transcendents will undoubtedly have played a significant role in that process.” —Journal of Asian Studies

“Invaluable for anyone who wishes to understand the phenomenon of sanctity in general and the Chinese cult of xian in particular.” —Religious Studies Review