Sugarcane Days Wins Preservation Award

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.



8 thoughts on “Sugarcane Days Wins Preservation Award

  1. Camille Taylor

    Congratulations Jill, can’t wait to read it!

    • Jill

      Thanks, Camille. It’s really mostly a picture book, but there’s a lot of info in there too about the “glory days” of plantation life.

  2. Linda

    I’m not the least bit surprised! Superb piece of work, and so accessible!

    • Jill

      Thanks, Linda! It was fun to put together.

  3. Congratulations Jill!

    • Jill

      Thanks, Lori!

  4. The book is great and historically important for Hawaiʻi, Jill. And, i love the cover.

    • Jill

      Thanks, MJ. I knew that cover was a winner the first time Cynthia showed it to me!

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