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Awards for Hawai‘i Memoir Writing Guide and Brother Noland’s Wilderness Handbook

9781935690535Watermark Publishing has swept the Special Interest Books category and received further recognition in the Design category at the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s 2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards. Honors were given to Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story by Darien Gee (Award of Excellence, Special Interest) and The Hawaiian Survival Handbook by Brother Noland, illustrated by Andrew J. Catanzariti and designed by Jen Tadaki Catanzariti (Honorable Mentions, Special Interest and Design). The awards, which recognize the best local books published during the previous calendar year, were announced at ceremonies held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the East-West Center.

DarienGee_headshot Darien Gee

“What an amazing gift it would be for the Hawaiian Islands and the rest of the world if more people started to write down what might otherwise be lost,” the competition’s judges observed in their comments regarding top award honoree Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir. “It’s a daunting task to actually sit down and know where to begin. Darien Gee has solved this problem. [This] book takes you through the process step by step…it takes the stress out of where to start and how to start. The format of Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir is inspiring in itself, creative and original in its design.”

Gee is a nationally best-selling author with six novels to her credit. A resident of Waimea on the island of Hawai‘i, she continues to write fiction (also under the pen name Mia King) and teaches writing and publishing workshops.

SurvivalHandbook_webThe judges praised Brother Noland’s The Hawaiian Survival Handbook as “a guide like no other, not just because it includes plants, animals and scenarios specific to Hawai‘i, but because it considers the culture and customs of the people that live here. This valuable collection of knowledge is a unique addition to the typical guidebooks about our islands.” In the Design category, the Survival Handbook was acknowledged “a very close second to the winner. Fresh and unique…its compact size, black-and-white illustrations and gently distressed cloth cover perfectly complement the subject matter. The judges also enjoyed the endlessly amusing titles such as, ‘How to Deal with Eels.’”

Noland_SurvivalWeb Brother Noland

Brother Noland is an accomplished Hawaiian musician and lifelong outdoorsman. He offers traditional Hawaiian tracking and outdoor skills workshops and camps for adults and children through his Ho‘ea Initiative program. The Hawaiian Survival Handbook is his second book to be recognized by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association; The Lessons of Aloha: Stories of the Human Spirit, also from Watermark Publishing, was honored in the Nonfiction category in 2006. Husband-and-wife illustration-design team Andrew Catanzariti and Jen Tadaki Catanzariti have also collaborated on a Watermark Publishing children’s book, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!

Each year, the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association presents the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards to honor the best of Hawai‘i book publishing from the previous year. “Ka Palapala Po‘okela” literally translated from Hawaiian means “excellent manuscript.”