Literary Honor to Inoshita

Leeward English Professor garners Honorable Mention

Leeward language arts assistant professor Ann Inoshita was honored last month with the 2019 Ka Palapala Poʻokela honorable mention award for literature. Inoshita, who teaches English Composition at Leeward, co-authored What We Must Remember, along with Christy Passion, Juliet S. Kono (retired Leeward faculty member), and Jean Yamasaki Toyama.

What We Must Remember features 28 linked poems, followed by insightful commentary on each poem by its author. With an introduction and timeline of events by Massie scholar John P. Rosa, this special issue revisits the 1932 kidnapping and murder of Native Hawaiian prize fighter Joseph Kahahawai and the events surrounding it, commonly known as “The Massie Case.”

Bamboo Ridge Press further describes the book, “Referred to as “one of the greatest criminal cases of modern times” by the Chicago Tribune, the incident was reflective of the racial tensions in plantation-era Hawai‘i and, according to scholar David Stannard in his book HONOR KILLING, “provided the seedbed for subsequent [social] change” in the local community. In this new book, each poet investigates, interrogates, and brings to light the racial, ethical, and moral complexities of one of Hawaii’s most controversial criminal cases, the linked verses interwoven with factual detail to create a mosaic of emotional depth that explores the implications of the historical events that took place and that continue to reverberate today.”

Ka Palapala Poʻokela awards recognize work published in 2017 and 2018, and are administered by the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association. A total of 71 entries from 54 separate book projects were nominated in 11 categories.

“The college is extremely proud of this accomplishment,” stated Chancellor Carlos Peñaloza. “It’s is inspiring for our students to see our faculty recognized for outstanding work in the filed they teach.”