I am happy to announce that Sugarcane Days: Remembering Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company is winning an award from the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, “The Preservation Honor Awards have been presented annually since 1975. The awards are Hawai‘i’s highest recognition of preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of the state’s architectural, archaeological and cultural heritage.”
Sugarcane Days is in the category “achievements in interpretive media,” one of several categories in this year’s awards. The foundation has experts review all the nominees, which are not in competition with each other but are chosen strictly on merit. If no nominee seems to deserve an award in a particular category, no one is named for that year. It must have been a good year for interpretive media, because my book is one of five award winners in that category.
Mahalo nui to architect Jim Niess for nominating the book. He, along with the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum (source of the great photos in the book) and designer Cynthia Conrad also will be honored with this award. And Sugarcane Days is in great company. Other awards in this category are:
- Restoration of the Crew’s Room and Installation of a Crew’s Room Exhibit at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor, O‘ahu
- Hilton Hawaiian Village’s History Wall, Honolulu, O‘ahu
- Paintings, Prints and Drawings of Hawai‘i from the Sam & Mary Cooke Collection (a book)
- Wheeler Army Airfield Interpretive Display Panels, Schofield Barracks, O‘ahu
Pretty exalted company for this little Maui publishing company!
I’m also happy to see other Maui County efforts recognized in various categories. They are:
- Hawaiian Islands Land Trust’s Talk Story on the Land Program, Maui, Hawai‘i Island, O‘ahu, Kaua‘i
- Translating Japanese Headstones on Kalaupapa National Historic Landmark, Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i
- Lāna‘i Hospice and Physical Therapy Offices Rehabilitation, Lāna‘i
Congratulation to all the winners! I look forward to meeting some amazing people at the award ceremony in Honolulu May 19.