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Hawaii_Oahu_Hawaiian music_Big Island_HiloMany Island visitors are well acquainted with Hawaii music stars such as Willie K and Kealii Reichel. How about Mark Yamanaka? Have you ever listened to a tune recorded by the Big Island musician? Not sure?

If Na Hoku Hanohano Awards serve as a sort of forecast for future success, Hawaii music fans are likely to become very familiar with Yamanaka’s music in years to come. On Sunday night, during the 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards ceremony (the Hawaiian music industry’s equivalent of the Grammys), Yamanaka won “Album of the Year” for his debut album, Lei Pua Kenikeni, “Male Vocalist of the Year,” and “Most Promising Artist” honors.

The only two other artists to sweep those three categories with debut albums? Yep, Willie K and Reichel, winning big in 1992 and 1995 respectively, according to Na Hoku Hanohano’s organizers.

Yamanaka, who had been nominated for seven Na Hoku awards, won a total of four at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards ceremony, held on Oahu at the Hawaii Convention Center. He went one better than his sweep by also picking up the award for “Song of the Year,” for Kaleoonalani, a tune written for the Hilo resident’s young daughter and sung in a crooning baritone.

Known for having a voice well suited for falsetto, Yamanaka has studied with musician/composer/kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho, who has also mentored Hawaiian falsetto singers such as Darren Benitez and Na Palapalai’s Kuana Torres Kahele.
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With eight nominations, Kainani Kahaunaele (pictured, left), a Kauai vocalist, musician and songwriter, had the most nominations on the 2011 Na Hoku ballot. She picked up a total of two awards, winning both top “Hawaiian Language Performance” and “Haku Mele” for music on her second album Ohai Ula. The mele award honors a first-time recorded Hawaiian-language song or chant.

Napua Makua, who received six Na Hoku nominations with her sophomore album, Mohalu, won four awards: “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Hawaiian Album of the Year,” an award for graphics tied to “Mohalu, and “Favorite Entertainer”  — a category in which the award is decided by a public vote.

Most of Na Hoku’s 27 award categories are voted on by members of the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, an organization made up of recording industry professionals, journalists and others with an interest in Hawaiian music.

For more details about the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, click here.

Here are the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winners:

Most Promising Artist: Mark Yamanaka, Lei Pua Kenikeni (Hulu Kupuna)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Napua Makua, Mohalu (Pihana)

Male Vocalist of the Year: Mark Yamanaka, Lei Pua Kenikeni (Hulu Kupuna)  

Group of the Year: KuMZ, On the Summit (Kauakoko Foundation)  

Christmas Album: Willie Wonderland, Willie K (Island Soul)  

Album of the Year (to artist and producers): Lei Pua Kenikeni, Mark Yamanaka (Hulu Kupuna) (Hulu Kupuna Productions, LLC and Kale Chang, producers)  

Song of the Year (composer’s award): Kaleoonalani, Mark Yamanaka, from Lei Pua Kenikeni, Mark Yamanaka (Hulu Kupuna)  

Single of the Year: He Lei Kaulana, Na Palapalai (Hulu Kupuna)  

EP of the Year: Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop, Abe Lagrimas Jr. & Friends (Pass Out)  

Anthology of the Year (producer's award): The Best of Na Palapalai, Na Palapalai (Koops 2), Shawn Pimental, producer  

Compilation of the Year (producer's award): Kona, various artists (Ua Mau), Dave Tucciarone, producer  

Contemporary Album of the Year: Forevermore, Ben Vegas & Maila Gibson (no label)  

Hawaiian Album of the Year: Mohalu, Napua Makua (Pihana)  

Instrumental Album of the Year: Ukulele Nahenahe, Herb Ohta Jr. (Lele)  

Island Music Album of the Year: Amy Hanaialii and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii, Amy Hanaialii and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii (Peterson)  

Jazz Album of the Year: Django Would Go, Hot Club of Hulaville (Hulaville)

R&B/Hip Hop: Coconut Wireless, Kepa Kruse (Petroglyph)

Reggae Album: The Green, The Green (SheeHandsomeDevil)  

Religious Album: Somewhere Up Ahead – Gospel Hymns of Hawaii, Vol. II, Ata Damasco (Ululoa)  

Rock Album: Stream Dreams, Kamuela Kahoano (Green Light Go/Kahoano)  

Slack Key Album: Play With Me Papa, John Keawe (Homestead)  

Graphics: Wailani Artates, for Mohalu, Napua Makua (Pihana)  

Liner Notes: Puakea Nogelmeier, Kalikolihau Hannahs-Paik and Kellen Paik, for English Rose, Kupaoa (Hulu Kupuna)  

Favorite Entertainer (by public vote): Napua Makua 

Haku Mele (composer's award for first-time recorded Hawaiian-language song or chant): Ohai Ula, by Kainani Kahaunaele, from Ohai Ula, Kainani Kahaunaele (Koops 2)  

Hawaiian Language Performance: Kainani Kahaunaele, Ohai Ula (Koops2) 

Engineering: Bryan Sanchez and Dave Tucciarone, for Hawaiian Girls, TTYM-Talk To You Music (TTYM)

Photos: Punahele Productions (top), Kainani Kahaunaele (bottom)

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As the sun sinks into the horizon of Hawaii's coastline on Memorial Day, some 3,000 glowing lanterns will illuminate the darkening waters at Ala Moana Beach Park on Oahu.

Inscribed with messages to loved ones who have passed away and prayers for a peaceful future, the lanterns—perched atop miniature floating boards—will be launched before a shoreline crowd expected to top 40,000 at the 13th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

If you’ve never taken part in Honolulu's version of Toro Nagashi, a Japanese tradition, which translates as “lantern offerings on water,” we recommend checking out the visually stunning and poignant Hawaii tradition.

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The Toro Nagashi ceremony was founded by the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order in 1952. In Japan, it is traditionally held in July and August, coinciding with the end of Obon festival season. Hawaii's Shinnyo-en order holds the ceremony on Memorial Day — to also honor lives lost in war. During this year’s ceremony, which will get under way at 6:30 p.m. with music performances, there will also be a moment of reflection for Japan’s tsunami and earthquake victims.

Under this year’s theme, “Many Rivers, One Ocean,” organizers — Shinnyo-en and Na Lei Aloha Foundation — said in a press release: “As the waters of the Pacific merge with those of other oceans to touch the shores of every continent around the globe, Hawaii sends out prayers and wishes for peace and happiness.”

The organizers describe the symbolism of the drifting lanterns as “an experience that transcends all human divides of culture or belief. In that moment there is only peace, harmony, understanding, compassion, and warmth, without boundaries of race, religion or lifestyle.”
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If you would like to float a lantern during the sunset ceremony, plan to swing by the beach several hours earlier. A limited number of lanterns will be distributed, beginning at 1 p.m., and will be snapped up quickly. If you are unable to attend the ceremony but would like to submit a lantern message, click here.

Hawaii television station KGMB9 will broadcast the event. Click here to watch Lantern Floating Hawaii live online, Mon., May 31.

There will be free parking at the Hawaii Convention Center, beginning at 9 a.m. Ala Moana Beach is a short walk from there. At 4 p.m., a free shuttle will begin making roundtrips from the convention center to ceremony area, near Magic Island.
Donations accepted at the free ceremony will be gifted to the City and County of Honolulu. For more information about the 13th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, click here.

Photos: David Hume Kennerly (top), Shinnyo-en

Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Punchbowl_Memorial Day_veterans_lei Hawaii officials are asking for lei donations — 50,000 strands are needed for our Memorial Day tradition of draping fresh lei at the gravesites of veterans at Oahu’s National Cemetery of the Pacific, in Punchbowl Crater, and at veterans cemeteries throughout the Islands.

Every year, Hawaii schoolchildren and community groups pitch in by stitching together thousands of lei, each made with fragrant plumeria, other flowers or ti leaves. On Sun., May 29, Hawaii Boy Scouts and other volunteers will walk through the cemetery in Punchbowl Crater, pausing at each gravesite to drape a lei, post a small American flag and salute the veteran.

Tomorrow, Honolulu Hale (Oahu’s City Hall) is hosting a brown-bag lunch get-together — organized by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Culture and Arts Office — with a mission of helping with the Memorial Day lei-making.

If you’re in the downtown Honolulu area between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 27, stop by Honolulu Hale’s courtyard. There will be lei-sewing, music performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band, and hula — performed by Lei Day Queen Sandrina Lei Ilima Cabato De La Cruz.

The annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.  There will be a posting of the 50 state flags, a traditional gun salute, performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band and Sounds of Aloha Choir, and a fighter jet "Missing Man" formation flyover conducted by the 120th Fighter Squadron, Detachment 1, Montana Air National Guard.

Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Punchbowl_Memorial Day_veterans_leiThe National Cemetery of the Pacific, 2177 Puowaina Drive, is about a 15-minute car ride from the Wakiki area. The City and County of Honolulu will provide special bus service to the cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony from the Punchbowl city bus stop on Route 15, Makiki/Pacific Heights, on Memorial Day. Free parking will be available at the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building garage (near Honolulu Hale) for motorists boarding buses at the nearby Alapai Transit Center. Pick up at the transit center will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

According to a historical summary about the Punchbowl site, posted on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, Punchbowl Crater “was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs which, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range.”

The summary continues: “Although there are various translations of the Punchbowl's Hawaiian name, ‘Puowaina,’ the most common is ‘Hill of Sacrifice.’”

For more details about the Hawaii and military history tied to the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, click here.

For additional information about the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 768-3002.  For bus information, call 848-5555 or click here

Photos: Aloha Council - Boys Scouts of America

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In the just-released movie trailer for The Descendants, you’ll see a flustered-looking George Clooney running in slippahs down a damp residential street in a leafy Oahu neighborhood.

Other Hawaii scenery tucked into the 2:15-minute clip range from glimpses of canoes gliding along the Ala Wai Canal near Waikiki and South Kohala’s lava fields on the Big Island to stretches of sandy beaches edging Kauai’s Hanalei Bay.

Several weeks of filming for the dramedy starring Clooney (pictured, above and below) and directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways), wrapped up on Oahu and Kauai about a year ago. So, we had been wondering when it would turn up on the big screen. According to Fox Searchlight Pictures, which released the trailer today, the film is slated to open in movie theaters on Dec. 16.

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Spoiler alert: A few plot details about the film are disclosed in the next few paragraphs.

Based on the best-selling novel by Hawaii writer Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants follows the story of Matt King (Clooney) — a wealthy landowner, husband and father of two girls — who is forced to reexamine his life and relationships in the after his wife is severely injured in a boating accident near Wakiki.

A descendant of a 19th-century Hawaiian princess and a haole (Caucasian) banker, King struggles to deal with his wife’s grave comatose condition while also learning that she had been having an affair.

In the film, King’s home is in Nuuanu, a 15-minute car ride from Waikiki. Part of the storyline involves King, and his daughters, traveling to Kauai to find his wife’s lover. 

Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, ABC television series) and Amara Miller (both pictured, top photo) star as King’s daughters. The film also features Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Michael Ontkean and Judy Greer. Payne was nominated for an Oscar for directing Sideways, which won the 2005 Oscar and Golden Globe for best screenplay.

Check out the new trailer and let us know what you think of The Descendants, based on it. Click on the frame below to watch the clip. Then sound off with a comment on our HAWAII Magazine Facebook page.

Photos: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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In the May/June 2011 issue of HAWAII Magazine, we’re taking readers, in words and photos, to some Hawaii natural wonders it’s likely they haven’t had a chance to see up-close-and-personal.

There are dozens of breathtaking places throughout the Islands that even lifelong residents have never experienced first-hand. The cover feature “10 Hawaii Places You Haven’t Been to Yet” is all about our favorite off-the-beaten-track locales we think everyone should see (but likely haven’t yet).

Oahu’s emerald Koolau ridgeline trails? The largest waterfall on Maui? The smallest, and least-populated, of the eight main Hawaiian Islands?

HAWAII Magazine’s current issue has our entire  “10 Hawaii Places You Haven’t Been to Yet” list, complete with write-ups on each, photos and—if you’re feeling adventurous—information on getting to each. You’ll find copies in bookstores and on newsstands nationwide … right now. You can also subscribe to HAWAII Magazine’s print edition by clicking here.

This month, exclusively on HawaiiMagazine.com, we’re sharing two additional Hawaii places that just missed the cut for our final “10 Hawaii Places You Haven’t Been to Yet” list. Last week, our first extra showcased Polihua Beach, a remote white sand beach on the island of Lanai.

Today’s extra: a pristine valley edging a rugged sea-cliff coastline in the Big Island’s secluded North Kohala area.

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Polulu Valley
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Smaller, narrower and not as singularly majestic as Waipio Valley further south, Pololu Valley is nonetheless one of the most strikingly beautiful, if little-visited, valleys in Hawaii. The northernmost of a chain of five erosional valleys (including Waipio) along the remote sea cliffs of the Kohala mountains, Pololu rewards hikers taking the four-mile trail to its floor with sumptuous views of the rugged, wave-etched northeastern Big Island coastline and a wonderfully empty black sand beach. A hike into the valley along tranquil Pololu Stream (pictured, above) further unveils the valley’s lush, untrammeled beauty.

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Why you haven’t been there yet: The trailhead is located at the end of a winding two-lane road from the isolated (but very much worth visiting) North Kohala towns of Kapaau and Hawi on the Big Island’s north tip. Sections of the hiking trail trace a steep zigzag down a vegetated cliff face.

Getting there: Follow Highway 270 (Akoni Pule Highway) past Hawi and Kapaau to the end of the road.

Photos: Hawaii's Big Island Visitor Bureau (BIVB)


Tomorrow, when the sun climbs above Diamond Head Crater, shining fresh morning light onto the Waikiki shoreline, the beach will start filling up with surfboard-toting groms —also known as grommets.

Throughout the weekend, you could see as many as 300 of them in the Waikiki sand, waxing boards and scoping waves during the 14th Annual T&C Surf/Surfer Magazine Grom Contest at Queen’s surf break.
Wondering what a grom is, exactly?

Should we check Websters? Wikipedia? No, dude. For this definition, we’re turning to the surf lingo lexicon dubbed Riptionary. Under the category of “Surf Culture,” grom is explained in this succinct way: “a young local surfer who really rips.”

That sounds about right. This contest is open to surfers age 14 and younger who want a taste of competitive surfing in a fairly mellow setting. Kids prepping for a sure-bet future on the pro circuit — those already ranked among the top 15 in the National Scholastic Surfing Association and Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association — will have to watch from the beach.


On Sat., May 20, the contest will be packed with 15-minute surfing heats, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and girls with compete, separately, in both longboard and shortboard categories, with age divisions set at 6- to 9-year-olds and 10- to 14-year-olds.

There will also be a “Kokua Division” for kids ages 3 to 6, in which adults will assist in the lineup at the extra gentle Baby Queen’s surf break and help the wee ones catch waves.

At about midday, check out the “Expression Session,” which will feature tandem surfing.  Michelle Cabalse, marketing coordinator for T&C — a longtime Hawaii surfboard-shaping and retail outfit, founded as Town & Country Surf Designs — says to watch for surfing Dads who can toss their groms up into air then swoop them back onto the tandem board.  Also, watch for the kids who can pull off big, back-bendy arches — with toes pointed, of course — when lifted over the waves.

The top finishers in Saturday’s competition will move onto a series of elimination heats during finals on Sun., May 21, Cabalse says. Organizers plan to hold an awards ceremony shortly before sunset on Sunday near the statue of Duke Kahanamoku on Waikiki Beach.


The event’s schedule is still shifting slightly, Cabalse says, because this year’s contest attracted about 100 more groms than expected.

Cabalse attributes much of the registration spike to more girls taking up surfing as an activity/sport to enjoy with friends and family. She also points to a tweaking of the annual competition so that girls compete only against other girls.

Just five years ago, she says, the contest was dominated by boys, with no heat designated as just-for-girls. Back then, frustrated girls were asking: Why go out and have the (developmentally stronger) boys walk all over you? No more. And now nearly half of the annual contest’s competitors are girl groms.

Finally, we asked Cabalse about the origin of the term “grom.” She says: “From what I understand, it’s an Australian thing,” referring to the “Cheerio-shaped pukas” for laces on surf shorts.

According to surfing lore, in some lineup spots in Australia’s waters and elsewhere, even the most skilled groms were long placed “low on the food chain,” Cabalse says. Cranky older surfers attempted to deflate hotshot youngsters with size-related insults: You’re like that little hole in my shorts. You’re a little grommet.

These days, surfologists say, the term grom is far more often used in a positive way — as a term of endearment, even, for avid surfers under age 15.

For more details about this weekend’s annual T&C Surf/Surfer Magazine Grom Contest, click here.

Photos: T&C Surf/Surfer Magazine Grom Contest

Hawaii_Oahu_wine_food_festival_fashion_LeewardFood Network television show host Anne Burrell and top Hawaii chefs will be serving up delish dishes this weekend at the third annual Hawaii Wine & Food Festival on Oahu.

Burrell, (pictured, right) host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America, will be featured at the two-day festival’s Grand Tasting and Fashion Show, which will get under way at 6 p.m., Fri., May 20, at the Ko Olina Beach Club at Ko Olina Resort — about a 40 minute drive from Waikiki.

Burrell and Oahu chefs — D.K. Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and d.k. Steakhouse, Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise, Goran Streng of Tango, Elmer Guzman of Poke Stop, and Jinjie “JJ” Praseuth Luangkhot of JJ Bistro & French Pastry — will create contemporary multicultural cuisine for the occasion.

Burrell shares chef tips with the home-cooking crowd in Secrets Of a Restaurant Chef, which debuted June, 2008. Last year, Burrell and chef Beau MacMillan launched Worst Cooks in America, a reality show in which contestants undergo a culinary bootcamp. In the show’s second season, which got under way in January, MacMillan was replaced by chef Robert Irvine. Burrell has also appeared on Iron Chef America, serving as a sous chef for competitor Mario Batali.

During Friday evening's tasting session, grazing guests are invited to talk story with winemakers representing outfits ranging from Emeritus Vineyard to Dutton Estate. This event will also feature a swimwear fashion show and jazz music performances.Hawaii_Oahu_wine_food_festival_fashion_Leeward
A food and wine pairing event, set for noon on Sat., May 21, at Ko Olina’s Ihilani Resort & Spa, will spotlight a friendly competition in which diners sample pairing picks submitted by a panel of chef competitors and cast votes for the best pairings.

The lineup of competing chefs includes: Jason Kina of the Ihilani Resort & Spa, Matt Zubrod of Monettes, George Gomes of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Fred De Angelo of Ola. Each will present dishes along with their choice of wines from wineries participating in the festival.

The festival will wrap up with a beachside barbecue and fashion show, happening 6 p.m., Sat., May 21, at Paradise Cove at Ko Olina.

Barbecuing chefs will include: Scott Higa of  Ihilani Resort & Spa, Luangkhot of JJ Bistro & French Pastry, Zubrod of Monettes. Gomes of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, De Angelo of Ola, Darryl Shinogi of Roy’s Ko Olina, Sean Priester of SOUL and Kevin Hanney of 12th Ave Grill.

The evening event will also feature a fashion show from South American swimwear designer Mariel Garrido Melchor of La Diosa, and a Latin music performance.

Tickets to each of the Hawaii Wine & Food Festival’s three events costs $100. For more festival information, click here.

Photos: Top to bottom — Food Network, Hawaii Wine & Food Festival 

Hawaii_poll_best of_favorite_picks_It’s time to take a stand — register your savvy, in-the-know opinions on Hawaii matters near to your heart. That’s right, it’s time to cast your ballot in HAWAII Magazine’s 2011 Best of Hawaii Reader Poll.

And time is running short.

Ballots must be submitted by end-of-day, May 31, 2011. And there’s just one way to enter our Best of Hawaii poll: By filling out our 2011 online ballot. (Click here for ballot.)

So, what’s the must-have item at your favorite Hawaii bakery? Your best-loved Hawaiian word?  Your fave filmed-in-Hawaii movie or TV series — ever?  That waterfall you never get tired of trekking to?

If you feel like sharing more info, go ahead and leave a comment or two on the ballot about why you made your choice. Don’t worry, we’ve left you some space.best_of_Hawaii_poll_magazine_2011

Based on your ongoing inspired answers to questions about Hawaii’s best sights, sounds, scents and tastes submitted for reader polls on our Facebook fan page, we know you’re up to this challenge. We can almost hear our especially ardent annual voters saying: “Bring it on!”

To sweeten the deal, when you share your top Hawaii picks with us we’ll offer you a chance to win superb Hawaii-made goodies. Ten lucky HAWAII Magazine or HawaiiMagazine.com readers who cast ballots will be selected at random to win of one of these treats: a gift basket  from Big Island Candies, a Kona Brewing Co. hat, a gift basket from Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co., a gift basket from Hawaiian Chip Co. and a “Grand Dairy Tour” gift certificate or box of goat cheese truffles from Surfing Goat Dairy. Hawaii_poll_best of_favorite_picks_

Prize-winners will be notified by e-mail in July 2011. Our Best of Hawaii poll results will be featured in HAWAII Magazine’s September/October Best of Hawaii issue.

Check out the ballot questions now — and cast your vote!

Photos: Top to bottom — Tor Johnson, CBS, and Sherie Char

Hawaii_book_awards_literature_cookbook_PolynesiaLooking for some fresh and fascinating Hawaii-focused page-turners?

Check out the best Island books of the last year — as determined by a panel of librarians, booksellers, educators and media professions in the Hawaii Book Publishers Association’s 18th annual competition.

Among the top winners of the 2011 Ka Palapala Pookela Awards — the Grammys of Hawaii’s publishing industry — are three visually striking reads. 

One is an art book detailing one the top private collections of Polynesian art in the world. The other two: a natural science text which serves as photographic guide to nearly every species of bird on land and at sea in the main Hawaiian Islands; and book packed with a wide-range of crisp images of today’s Polynesian-style tattoos.

The panels picks, announced earlier this month, are a sure bet to set you up with hard-to-put-down summer reads. Actually, now that we’re visualizing the stack of 20 books below, the reading could continue on until the 2012 awards are announced.  Better start turning pages now.

Here are the 2011 Ka Palapala Pookela Awards winners (ka palapala pookela translates as “excellent manuscript” in Hawaiian):

Samuel M. Kamakau  Hawaii Book of the Year Award

Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art by Adrienne L. Kaeppler (pictured, above) (Publisher: Mark and Carolyn Blackburn)

People’s Choice Award

The Polynesian Tattoo Today by Tricia Allen (Mutual Publishing)

Excellence in Children’s Hawaiian CultureHawaii_book_awards_literature_cookbook_Polynesia

Legend of the Gourd adapted and illustrated by Caren Keala Loebel-Fried; Hawaiian translation by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp (pictured, right) (Kamahoi Press)

Honorable mention: Kohala Kuamoo: Naeole’s Race to Save a King by Kekauleleanaeole Kawaiaea, illustrated by Aaron Kawaiaea (Kamehameha Publishing)

Excellence in Children’s Illustrative or Photographic Books

Legend of the Gourd adapted and Illustrated by Caren Keala Loebel-Fried, Hawaiian translation by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp (Kamahoi Press)

Honorable mention: Plenty Saimin by Feng Feng Hutchins, illustrated by Adriano F. Abatayo  (Island Paradise Publishing)

Excellence in Children’s Literature

Plenty Saimin by Feng Feng Hutchins, illustrated by Adriano F. Abatayo (Island Paradise Publishing)

Honorable Mention: Kohala Kuamoo: Naeole’s Race to Save a King by Kekauleleanaeole Kawaiaea, illustrated by Aaron Kawaiaea (Kamehameha Publishing)

Excellence in Hawaiian Culture

Mai Paa I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Primary Hawaiian Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back by M. Puakea Nogelmeier
(Bishop Museum Press/Awaiaulu Press)

Honorable mention: A Pocket Guide to the Battle of Nuuanu 1705 by Neil Bernard Dukas (Mutual Publishing)

Excellence in Literature

Anshu: Dark Sorrow by Juliet S. Kono (Bamboo Ridge Press)

Honorable mention: Tweakerville by Alexei Melnick
(Mutual Publishing)

Next page: More 2011 Ka Palapala Pookela book award winners

In the May/June 2011 issue of HAWAII Magazine, we’re taking readers, in words and photos, to a handful of Hawaii natural wonders it’s likely they haven’t had a chance to see up close and personal.

Hawaii abounds with so much unparalleled scenic beauty that there are dozens of breathtaking places throughout the Islands even lifelong residents have never experienced first-hand. The cover feature “10 Hawaii Places You Haven’t Been to Yet” is all about our favorite off-the-beaten-track locales we think everyone should see in their lifetimes (but likely haven’t yet).

The only green sand beach in the United States? It’s on our list. The windswept Molokai peninsula only accessible by air, foot or donkey? Got that on our list, too. Hawaii’s only freshwater alpine lake?

HAWAII Magazine’s current issue has our entire  “10 Hawaii Places You Haven’t Been to Yet” list, complete with write-ups on each, photos and—if you’re feeling adventurous—information on getting to each. You’ll find copies in bookstores and on newsstands nationwide … right now. You can also subscribe to HAWAII Magazine’s print edition by clicking here.

All this month, exclusively on HawaiiMagazine.com, we’re sharing two additional Hawaii places that just missed the cut for our final “10 Hawaii Places You Haven’t Been to Yet” list. Below is the first of these extras: a remote white sand beach on the island of Lanai.


Polihua Beach

Polihua is the kind of beach people who yearn to visit Hawai‘i dream of—one-and-a-half-miles of powdery white sand under clear azure skies, all of it often completely devoid of people.

Sure, Polihua’s only downside is a big one: The beach is unsafe for swimming and, well, all ocean activities due to strong offshore currents and a steep drop into open ocean just off its sandy shore. Still, the longest white sand beach on the tiny, exquisitely laid-back island of Lanai is worth a visit for its rugged remoteness, breathtaking beauty and undisturbed quietude.

An added bonus? A superb view of neighboring Molokai, nine miles away, across the Kalohi Channel.

Bring a book, some skin protection, a folding chair and a rental Jeep and you’re set.

Why you haven’t been there yet:
Even regular Lanai visitors (and many residents) shudder at the thought of driving the seriously rough-and-tumble Polihua Trail down to the beach. Did we mention that even four-wheel-drive vehicles have a tough go on the trail?

Getting there:
Take the Kanepuu Highway (actually a jeep trail) to the Polihua Trail cutoff and proceed slowly (really, there’s no other way) down the steep, rocky, unpaved road.

Check out the video below: A 360-degree view of Polihua Beach from our last visit.

Photo: Hawaii Tourism Japan; Video: Derek Paiva
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