Cream of the crop: An engaging view of Hawaii’s history and monarchy is honored as the year’s best book

NoMakouKa-Mana_CoverMay 3, 2015 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—“No Makou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation,” by Kamanamaikalani Beamer, a re-seeing of Hawaii history and the role of alii from an indigenous perspective, has won the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for book of the year, bestowed by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association at its annual awards ceremony April 23.

The judges called Beamer’s book “one of those rare texts that could leave even the most jaded of readers feeling like a seemingly immovable tide might actually be turning.”

“No Makou ka Mana” also won in the Hawaiian language, culture and history category, and received an honorable mention for nonfiction.

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»Watch the post-award interview with Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer

»Listen to an interview with Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Noe Tanigawa (Hawai‘i Public Radio, June 3, 2015)

»Read “Storied landscapes: An understanding of place defines this year’s Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 26, 2015)

»Buy No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation