And goes home with two other top awards for excellence in
“Hawaiian Language, Culture and History” and “Nonfiction.”
From the Star Advertiser – Honolulu
Sam Low’s “Hawaiki Rising: Hokule‘a, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance,” captured the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for Hawai‘i Book of the Year, given by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association.
Published by Island Heritage Publishing, “Hawaiki Rising” also earned top honors in two other categories: “Nonfiction” and “Hawaiian language, culture and history” in the association’s 2014 Ka Palapala Po‘okela book awards, which were announced Thursday, April 24.
“Hawaiki Rising” brings together the recollections and personal stories of the men and women involved in the creation and initial voyages of Hokule‘a. Low, a cousin of Thompson’s who has been a crew member on three of the canoe’s voyages, was lauded by the judges for creating an “enthralling story” and for his “fair and balanced hand (in weaving) an inspiring story about the reclamation of Hawaiian culture.”
Nautilus Book Awards is an annual accolade of books in the genre of social and environmental justice. Established in the U.S. in 1998, it is considered a “major” book award and has been conferred to prominent authors including The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amy Goodman, Charles, Prince of Wales and Desmund Tutu.
The award carries a monetary prize and seeks to recognize books in multiple categories that “make a difference and inspire.” Most Nautilus Awards have been granted to books from major academic presses such as Stanford University Press, Princeton University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of California Press, and Columbia University Press as well as large commercial publishers such as Penguin, W.W. Norton, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Little, Brown. However, several independent presses, including Island and Bloomsbury, are represented in the registry of past awards. The social networks Goodreads and Librarything maintain lists of Nautilus Award recipient books on their websites. The award is named for the nautilus shell, as a symbol of wisdom and growth. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
The Nautilus Awards represents “Better Books for a Better World.”
The Nautilus Awards seeks and promotes well-written and produced books with messages about caring for, understanding, and improving every aspect of our lives and relationships. We look for exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens and young adults. (Courtesy Nautilus Awards website)
The Ben Franklin award, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, is regarded as one of the highest honors in small and independent publishing.
The Independent Book Publishers Association is a trade association of independent publishers founded in 1983. With more than 3000 members, it is the largest association of independent publishers in the United States.
The award is chosen with the help of more than 160 book publishing professionals coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial industry segments.