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Publisher awards salute best Hawaii books. Pick 'em up for your Island reading list.



Hawaii_book_awards_literature_cookbook_PolynesiaExcellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books

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


Honorable mention: Akule by Wayne Levin
(Editions Limited)

Excellence in Natural Science

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawaii: The Main Islands and Offshore Waters by Jim Denny (UH Press)


Honorable mention: Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Na Manu Kai by Robert J. Shallenberger (UH Press)

Excellence in Cookbooks

The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong by Alan Wong and Arnold Hiura (pictured, above) (Watermark Publishing)

Honorable mention: What Maui Likes to Eat by Chef Tylun Pang and Gail Ainsworth (Mutual Publishing)

Excellence in Text or Reference Books

Ancient Sites of Oahu, Revised Edition by Van James (Bishop Museum Press)


Honorable mentions: Asian Supernatural by Alex Paman (Mutual Publishing) and Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawaii, Second Edition by David L. Callies (UH Press)

Excellence in Special-Interest BooksHawaii_book_awards_literature_cookbook_Polynesia

The Polynesian Tattoo Today by Tricia Allen (pictured, right) (Mutual Publishing)


Honorable mention: Ancient Sites of Oahu, Revised Edition by Van James (Bishop Museum Press)

Excellence in Nonfiction Books

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: The Value of Hawaii: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future edited by Craig Howes and Jon Osorio (University of Hawaii Press)

Excellence in Design

Barbara Pope, Barbara Pope Book Design for Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art (Mark and Carolyn Blackburn)


Honorable mention: Kurt Osaki and Marisa Oshiro for The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong (Watermark Publishing)

Excellence in ‘Aloha from Across the Sea’

Gaff by Shan Correa (Peachtree Publishers)

Honorable mention: Captain Cooked by S. P. Grogan (Addison & Highsmith Publishers)

And finally, the competition’s John Dominis Holt Award for Excellence in Publishing went to University of Hawaii Press Director William Hamilton. 

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