The Hawaiian Historical Society presented its Pa‘a Mo‘olelo Distinguished Historian award to Dr. M. Puakea Nogelmeier and Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit at the May 9, 2013, annual membership meeting.
The Society’s Board of trustees established the Pa‘a Mo‘olelo Distinguished Historian award in 2005 to honor individuals for a lifetime of significant contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Hawai‘i’s history.
M. Puakea Nogelmeier, Ph.D., is a professor of Hawaiian language at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is the executive director of Awaiaulu, Inc., the author of several books, including Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo, He Lei No ‘Emalani, and the acclaimed Hi‘iakaikapoliopele. In 2012 he and Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit were the guiding lights for ‘Ike Ku‘oko‘a, a year-long initiative that gathered six thousand volunteers from Hawai‘i and abroad to transcribe seventeen thousand pages of Hawaiian-language newspapers.
Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit is the long-time project director for Ho‘olaupa‘i, the on-line archive of Hawaiian-language newspapers. She is the project manager of Awaiaulu, Inc., and the producer/narrator of the DVD, Ua Mau Ke Ea, A Historical Documentary of Hawai‘i. She served as the outreach coordinator/project manager of ‘Ike Ku‘oko‘a.
For information about prior awards, see The Pa’a Mo’olelo Award.