Happy, happy, joy, joy.

Hurray! No pictures agian, kala mai, but just to let you know that last night, Friday, a book I edited (and, believe me, the one-word title editor doesn’t cover it; cat herdeer would be much more accurate), won the cookbook diviion of the Hawaii Publishers Association awards. I was beyond elated for the team who put this book, “A Sweet Dash of Aloha,” together. It was about healthful, lowfat, low-sugar desserts and snacks and the chefs had to work within exacting nutritional guidelines.  I never though it would win bu because of other commitments, I was asked to go and represent the effort. A good time. Saw a lot of people in the shrinking publishing industry that I haven’t seen for years. So sweet. And then we won! I was 6 feet off the ground all night!

But the best, best part for me was seeing a nonfiction book, a very important and well written book about the seamy side of life on our island’s Windward Side, win nonfiction. I had never met the author, though we had corresponded and talked on the phone (he’s based in Hilo), but, by circumstance, I met him and he sat next to me. When his category came up, I held on to his arm and I prayed. Hard. And he won! Oh, thanks be, I was more excited than when our team won. A cookbook, though a lot of work, is just a minor piece of craftsmanship and reporting. But an investigative nonfiction work? I am in awe of people that can do that. And Mark Panek, with “Big Happiness,” did it. We had much “big happiness” together.

Some days, life is a struggle. Some, rare days, it is heavenly joy. Last night was heavenly joy. I cannot properly say how meaningful the work is of all these authors, most of whom gave their lives over to their work for, at best, inadequate remuneration. That our tiny state recognizes our gigantic culture, with these works is a blessing of huge proportions.

Happy, happy. Joy, joy.

If  you care about Hawaii, go buy “Big Happiness.” It’s on Amazon. You will receive big thinking.


  1. Vadalia

    May 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Congratulations! Heading over to amazon right now to look for “A Sweet Dash of Aloha” and for “Big Happiness.”

  2. Robyne Bush

    May 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I am so glad you are back! You WERE missed. I want you to know I did a party for my daughter’s class and we used recipes from your first cookbook……the kids, all mid-western, ate till it was all gone. Their parents were impressed as this area isn’t known for “adventurous” eating. Shoyu chicken was a huge hit. Thank you so much.

  3. Penah

    June 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I’m so glad you are posting on this sbansitaule stuff. I wanted to start a shop here to sell only sbansitaule brands, but couldn’t get the capitol. Son instead my new year’s resolution is to abstain from buying any new clothes (I have been way too dependent on Forever 21 the past few years). Wish me luck!xoLaurel

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