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Two UH Sea Grant publications win prestigious book awards

University of Hawaiʻi
Contact:
Cindy Knapman, (808) 956-7410
Communications Leader
Posted: May 21, 2008

At the Ka Palapala Poʻokela book awards, which honored the finest books published Hawaiʻi in 2007, the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program captured both awards given in the Natural Science category.

"Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands" by world-renowned ichthyologist Dr. John E. Randall took the top honor, winning the Award of Excellence in Natural Science.

"Hawaiian Reef Plants" by Dr. John M. Huisman, Dr. Isabella A. Abbott and Dr. Celia M. Smith, three of the world‘s leading marine botanists, was awarded the Honorable Mention.

The Ka Palapala Poʻokela book awards, translated from Hawaiian to mean "excellent manuscript", were presented by the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association to honor the best in Hawaiʻi book publishing and also to honor the authors of these titles. The winners were announced Friday night at an awards ceremony held at the East-West Center on the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa campus. This marks the 15th year of the awards.

Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands by Dr. John E. Randall:

Dr. John Randall is considered to be the world‘s foremost ichthyologist and authority on tropical marine fishes. Regarded as his finest publication to date, Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands is a 560-page volume that illustrates and describes 612 species of fish found in the Hawaiian archipelago. This seminal work is the result of 47 years of study.

Hawaiian Reef Plants by Dr. John Huisman, Dr. Isabella Abbott and Dr. Celia Smith:

Hawaiian Reef Plants is an easy-to-use yet comprehensive guide on nearly all species of marine plants present in Hawaiʻi accompanied by stunning photographs and illustrations. This scholarly book is beautifully written by Dr. John M. Huisman, Dr. Isabella A. Abbott and Dr. Celia M. Smith, three of the world‘s leading marine botanists. It is valuable to experts and novices alike, and is a must-read for everyone interested in marine plants and the complex ecosystems in which they live.

To order, call the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program at (808) 956-7410; e-mail uhsgcomm@hawaii.edu; or log on to: www.soest.hawaii.edu/SEAGRANT.

For more information, visit: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/SEAGRANT