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John Dominis Holt

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John Dominis Holt (1919 - 1993), is a noted author of books on Hawaiian culture and history.



Holt spent two years at Kamehameha Schools and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Honolulu. He attended Columbia University in 1943-46 never acquiring a degree.

Personal Background

Holt’s first wife, Fredda Burwell, was a New York artist. They returned to Hawaii where he worked as a landscape designer and contractor. After Fredda died in 1972, Holt married Frances “Patches” MacKinnon Damon, a granddaughter of Samuel Mills Damon, who was a konohiki of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a bank partner of Charles Reed Bishop and a trusted friend. Holt and Patches were community activists as well as patrons of the arts. During the late 1940s and 1950s, Patches gained notoriety as an outspoken leader of a communist youth group on the East Coast. She fought against the construction of the H-3 freeway and development in Kahala.

John Dominis Holt Award

Ka Palapala Po'okela book awards are presented yearly by the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association to recognize the top books published during the previous year, as well as those individuals involved in their creation. The John Dominis Holt Award, presented by the publishers is given to an individual for a lifetime contribution to Hawaii book-publishing.

Books authored by John Dominis Holt

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This page was last modified 22:47, 4 August 2007 by dKosopedia user Jbet777. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Allamakee Democrat. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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