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2006 Hawaii Book Publishers Awards

Every October the Hawaii Book Publishers Association recognizes the best books published during the previous year by selecting the best books of the year for their Ka Palapala Pookela Awards. In 2006, 134 nominations were received and the winners listed on this page were selected by the Hawaii Book Academy, a group of booksellers, educators, publishers, and media professionals.

Books that won multiple awards this year were
-4 AWARDS - Hawaii, a Sense of Place
-3 AWARDS - Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories
-3 AWARDS - Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
-2 AWARDS - Bolohead Row
-2 AWARDS - Da Kine Dictionary
-2 AWARDS - Folks You Meet at Longs
-2 AWARDS - A Gentle Rain of Starlight

Here all of the winners of the 2006 Ka Palapala Pookela Awards issued by the Hawaii Book Publishers Association:



2006 Book of the Year

Hawaii: A Sense of Place
Samual M. Mamakau Book of the Year
TITLE: Hawaii: a Sense of Place
AUTHOR: Mary Philpotts McGrath and Kaui Philpotts
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 234
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 12.0 x 10.2 x 1.0 inches
Buy "Hawaii: A Sense of Place" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The development of Hawaiian style interior decorating. Includes 300 photos. The full title of the book is "Hawaii, a Sense of Place: Island Interior Design".

Literature Book Award

Folks You Meet At Longs
Award of Excellence:
TITLE: Folks You Meet in Longs and Other Stories
AUTHOR: Lee Cataluna
PUBLISHER: Bamboo Ridge Press
NUMBER OF PAGES: 142
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 9.0 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
Buy "Folks You Meet in Longs" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: Tales of local life and local characters in Hawaii by a Honolulu Advertiser newspaper columnist.


Bolohead Row
Honorable Mention:
TITLE: Bolohead Row
AUTHOR: Chris McKinney
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 230
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
Buy "Bolohead Row" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The brutally honest story of a Honolulu family surviving the only way they know how, through the numbing affects of various addictions, including alcohol, drugs and computer games.


Hawaiian Culture Book Award

Daughters of the Haumea
Award of Excellence:
TITLE: Daughters of Haumea
AUTHOR: Lucia Tarallo Jensen and Natalie Mahina Jensen
PUBLISHER: Pueo Press/Anima Gemella
NUMBER OF PAGES: 185
Buy "Daughters of Haumea" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: Mother and daughter artists Lucia and Natalie Jensen spent many years compiling this collection of black and white photos and descriptions of the roles of women i Ancient Hawaii. The full title of this book is "Daughters of Haumea: Women of Ancient Hawaii".
- Article About Co-Author Natalie Mahina Jensen
- Honolulu Advertiser Book Review


Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories
Honorable Mention:
TITLE: Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories
AUTHOR: Kimo Armitage
ILLUSTRATOR: Solomon Enos
PUBLISHER: Bishop Museum Press
NUMBER OF PAGES: 72
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 12.5 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
Buy "Akua Hawaii" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: An introduction to more then thirty of Hawaii's gods and "lessons in life" stories about humans who called on those gods for help and guidance.


Illustrative or Photographic

Hawaii: A Sense of Place
Award of Excellence:
TITLE: Hawaii: a Sense of Place
AUTHOR: Mary Philpotts McGrath and Kaui Philpotts
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 234
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 12.0 x 10.2 x 1.0 inches
Buy "Hawaii: A Sense of Place" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The development of Hawaiian style interior decorating. Includes 300 photos. The full title of the book is "Hawaii, a Sense of Place: Island Interior Design".


A Gentle Rain of Starlight
Honorable Mention:
TITLE: A Gentle Rain of Starlight
AUTHOR: Michael J. West
PUBLISHER: Island Heritage Publishing
Buy "Gentle Rain of Starlight" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The story of the development of the telescope center on top of Mount Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The full title of this book is "A Gentle Rain of Starlight: The Story of Astronomy on Mauna Kea".


Natural Science

Growing Hawaii's Native Plants
Award of Excellence:
TITLE: "Growing Hawaii's Native Plants"
AUTHOR: Kerin E. Lilleeng-Rosenberger
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 420
DIMENSIONS: 11.2 x 8.8 x 1.0 inches
Buy "Growing Hawaii's Native Plants" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: Information about nearly 2000 existing native Hawaiian plant species, including descriptions, growing methods, germination rates, pest and disease control, and planting instructions. Also includes more then 400 color images.



A Gentle Rain of Starlight
Honorable Mention:
TITLE: A Gentle Rain of Starlight
AUTHOR: Michael J. West
PUBLISHER: Island Heritage Publishing
Buy "Gentle Rain of Starlight" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The story of the development of the telescope center on top of Mount Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The full title of this book is "A Gentle Rain of Starlight: The Story of Astronomy on Mauna Kea".


Text or Reference

Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
Award of Excellence (tie):
TITLE: Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
AUTHOR: John E. Randall
PUBLISHER: University of Hawaii Press
Buy "Reef and Shore Fishes" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The full title of this book is "Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands".


A Tropical Garden Flora
Award of Excellence (tie):
TITLE: A Tropical Garden Flora
AUTHOR: George W. Staples and Derral R. Herbst
PUBLISHER: Bishop Museum Press
NUMBER OF PAGES: 936
Buy "Tropical Garden Flora" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: Information about more then 2100 species of tropical and subtropical plants with descriptions, identification keys, origins, uses, biology, landscape properties, and tips for growing and propagating. Also includes drawings of more then 400 species.


Cookbooks

Homemade Gifts of Sweets & Treats
Award of Excellence:
TITLE: Homemade Gifts of Sweets & Treats
AUTHOR: Muriel Miura
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 141
Buy "Homemade Gifts" book at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The full title of this book is "From Hawaii's Kitchen: Homemade Gifts of Sweets and Treats". Includes more then 100 recipes plus ideas for wrapping and packaging them in jars, baskets, and boxes.


101 Great Desserts from Hawaii's Favorite Restaurants
Honorable Mention:
TITLE: 101 Great Desserts from Hawaii's Favorite Restaurants
AUTHOR: Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
PUBLISHER: Island Heritage Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 182
Buy "101 Great Desserts" from Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: Delicious dessert recipes from some of Hawaii's top restaurants. Includes Kakaako Kitchen Pumpkin Bread, Portuguese Bread Pudding, Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie, Apple Volcano, Chocolate Pyramid, and many more.


Special Interest

Award of Excellence:
TITLE: "Da Kine Dictionary"
COMPILED BY: Lee A. Tonouchi
PUBLISHER: Bess Press
Buy "Da Kine Dictionary" at Amazon.com

Honorable Mention:
TITLE: "The Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio and Rock Stars"
AUTHORS: Tom Moffatt with Jerry Hopkins
PUBLISHER: Watermark Publishing
Buy "Showman of the Pacific" at Amazon.com

Nonfiction

Award of Excellence:
TITLE: "Na Lani Kaumaka: Daughters of Hawaii, A Century of Historic Preservation,"
AUTHOR: Barbara Del Piano
PUBLISHER: Daughters of Hawaii
Buy "Na Lani Kaumaka" at Amazon.com

Honorable Mention:
TITLE: "The Lessons of Aloha: Stories of the Human Spirit"
AUTHOR: Brother Noland Conjugacion
PUBLISHER: Watermark Publishing
Buy "Lessons of Aloha" at Amazon.com

Aloha from Beyond Hawaii

Award of Excellence:
TITLE: "Lahaina Noon: Na Mele O Maui: Poems"
AUTHOR: Eric Paul Shaffer
PUBLISHER: Leaping Dog Press
Buy "Lahaina Noon" at Amazon.com

Honorable Mention:
TITLE: "Punahou Blues"
AUTHOR: Kirby Wright
PUBLISHER: Lemon Shark Press
Buy "Punahou Blues" at Amazon.com


Children's Books

Children's Hawaiian Culture

Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories
Award of Excellence:
TITLE: Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories
AUTHOR: Kimo Armitage
ILLUSTRATOR: Solomon Enos
PUBLISHER: Bishop Museum Press
NUMBER OF PAGES: 72
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 12.5 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
Buy "Akua Hawaii" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: An introduction to more then thirty of Hawaii's gods and "lessons in life" stories about humans who called on those gods for help and guidance.


Honorable Mention:
TITLE: "Pele and Poliahu: A Tale of Fire and Ice"
AUTHOR: Malia Collins
ILLUSTRATOR: Kathleen Peterson
PUBLISHER: BeachHouse Publishing
SUITABLE FOR: Age 9-12
Buy "Pele and Poliahu" at Amazon.com

Children's Illustrative or Photographic

Award of Excellence:
TITLE: "The Hungry Puaa and the Sweet Sweet Potato"
AUTHOR: Leonard J. Villanueva
PUBLISHER: BeachHouse Publishing
Buy "The Hungry Puaa" at Amazon.com

Honorable Mention:
TITLE: "Pua Polu, the Pretty Blue Hawaiian Flower"
AUTHOR: Nona Beamer
ILLUSTRATOR: Caren Keala Loebel-Fried
PUBLISHER: Bishop Museum Press
SUITABLE FOR: Age 4-8
Buy "Pua Polu" at Amazon.com

Children's Books

Award of Excellence:
TITLE: "My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii's Kids"
AUTHOR: Sue Cowing
ILLUSTRATOR: Jon J. Murakami
PUBLISHER: BeachHouse Publishing
Buy "My Dog Has Flies" at Amazon.com

Honorable Mention:
TITLE: "The Hawaiian Bat: Opeapea"
AUTHOR: Marion Coste
ILLUSTRATOR: Pearl Maxner
PUBLISHER: University of Hawaii Press
SUITABLE FOR: Age 9-12
Buy "The Hawaiian Bat" at Amazon.com


Technical Categories

Production

Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
Award of Excellence:
Producer: Lucille Aono
TITLE: Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
AUTHOR: John E. Randall
PUBLISHER: University of Hawaii Press
Buy "Reef and Shore Fishes" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The full title of this book is "Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands".


Honorable Mention:
Producers: Hans Loffel/Hans Loffel Design and Amy Yamamoto/Penmar Hawaii
TITLE: "I Am a Creature of the Tides: What Am I?"
PUBLISHER: Kamehameha Schools Press
Buy "I Am A Creature of the Tides" at Amazon.com

Illustration

Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories
Award of Excellence:
ILLUSTRATOR: Solomon Enos
TITLE: Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories
AUTHOR: Kimo Armitage
ILLUSTRATOR: Solomon Enos
PUBLISHER: Bishop Museum Press
NUMBER OF PAGES: 72
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 12.5 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
Buy "Akua Hawaii" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: An introduction to more then thirty of Hawaii's gods and "lessons in life" stories about humans who called on those gods for help and guidance.


Honorable Mention:
ILLUSTRATOR: Robin Yoko Racoma
AUTHOR: Julie Stewart Williams
TITLE: "Princess Pauahi"
PUBLISHER: Kamehameha Schools Press
Buy "Princess Pauahi" at Amazon.com

Photography

Hawaii: A Sense of Place
Award of Excellence:
PHOTOGRAPHER: David Duncan Livingston
TITLE: Hawaii: a Sense of Place
AUTHOR: Mary Philpotts McGrath and Kaui Philpotts
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 234
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 12.0 x 10.2 x 1.0 inches
Buy "Hawaii: A Sense of Place" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The development of Hawaiian style interior decorating. Includes 300 photos. The full title of the book is "Hawaii, a Sense of Place: Island Interior Design".


Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
Honorable Mention:
PHOTOGRAPHER: John E. Randall
TITLE: Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
AUTHOR: John E. Randall
PUBLISHER: University of Hawaii Press
Buy "Reef and Shore Fishes" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The full title of this book is "Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands".


Design

Hawaii: A Sense of Place
Award of Excellence:
DESIGNERS: Cindy Turner of Turner and DeVries
TITLE: Hawaii: a Sense of Place
AUTHOR: Mary Philpotts McGrath and Kaui Philpotts
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 234
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 12.0 x 10.2 x 1.0 inches
Buy "Hawaii: A Sense of Place" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The development of Hawaiian style interior decorating. Includes 300 photos. The full title of the book is "Hawaii, a Sense of Place: Island Interior Design".


Honorable Mention:
DESIGNER: Carol Colbath
TITLE: "Da Kine Dictionary"
PUBLISHER: Bess Press
Buy "Da Kine Dictionary" at Amazon.com

Writing Literature

Folks You Meet At Longs
Award of Excellence:
WRITER: Lee Cataluna
TITLE: Folks You Meet in Longs and Other Stories
PUBLISHER: Bamboo Ridge Press
NUMBER OF PAGES: 142
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 9.0 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
Buy "Folks You Meet in Longs" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: Tales of local life and local characters in Hawaii by a Honolulu Advertiser newspaper columnist.


Bolohead Row
Honorable Mention:
WRITER: Chris McKinney,
TITLE: Bolohead Row
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
NUMBER OF PAGES: 230
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
Buy "Bolohead Row" at Amazon.com
DESCRIPTION: The brutally honest story of a Honolulu family surviving the only way they know how, through the numbing affects of various addictions, including alcohol, drugs and computer games.


Writing Nonfiction

Award of Excellence:
WRITER: Allan Seiden
TITLE: "The Hawaiian Monarchy"
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
Buy "The Hawaiian Monarchy" at Amazon.com

Honorable Mention:
WRITER: John R.K. Clark
TITLE: "Beaches of Oahu, Revised Edition"
PUBLISHER: University of Hawai'i Press
Buy "Beaches of Oahu" at Amazon.com



Awards Since 1996 (from the Honolulu Star Bulletin):
- 2006 Book Award Winners
- 2005 Book Award Winners
- 2004 Book Award Winners
- 2003 Book Award Winners
-2002 (trying to find 2002 winners)
- 2001 Book Award Winners
- 2000 Book Award Winners
- 1999 Book Award Winners
- 1998 Book Award Winners
- 1997 Book Award Winners
- 1996 Book Awards Winners
-The first Awards were issued in 1991 or 1992

See also:
- All Books About Hawaii



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