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  • Excellence in Special Interest (2014 KPP Awards)

    On Thursday, April 24, we celebrate Hawaiʻi publishing with the 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala. We present to you, our readers, the annual tradition of counting down all of the wonderful locally published books nominated for awards in each category. Here, we include not only the book title, but links to the book, information and where applicable, book reviews from Hawaiʻi Book Blog.

    For a complete list of all the nominees we’ve posted and for all the updated information on the event, please visit our dedicated Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards page.

    The final category is one of the most fun-filled potpourri of the bunch: Excellence in Special Interest. Last year’s winners in this category include The ‘Ukulele: A History by Jim Tranquada and John King and Gentleman Ed Francis Presents 50th State Big Time Wrestling by Edmund C. Francis with Larry Fleece.

    Books reflecting humor, trivia, crafts, hobbies, sports, travel, etc.

    Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaiʻi
    George and Willa Jane Tanabe
    University of Hawaii Press, 2012
    256 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-8248-3679-5
    $22.99
    HBB Review

    The Hawaiʻi Movie and Television Book
    Ed Rampell and Luis I. Reyes
    Mutual Publishing, 2013
    208 pages, Softcover
    ISBN: 978-1939487-02-5
    $25.95

    The Hikers Guide to Oʻahu
    Stuart M. Ball
    University of Hawaii Press, 2013
    416 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0824838997
    $21.99

    And that’s all of the books nominated this year for a Ka Palapala Pookela Award! Hope you enjoyed our annual countdown and keep up to date with all the updates on the 2014 KPP Awards on social media (#KPP14) and we’ll have all the winners for you Thursday night!



  • Excellence in Non-Fiction (2014 KPP Awards)

    On Thursday, April 24, we celebrate Hawaiʻi publishing with the 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala. We present to you, our readers, the annual tradition of counting down all of the wonderful locally published books nominated for awards in each category. Here, we include not only the book title, but links to the book, information and where applicable, book reviews from Hawaiʻi Book Blog.

    For a complete list of all the nominees we’ve posted and for all the updated information on the event, please visit our dedicated Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards page.

    The second-to-last category is one of my personal favorites: Excellence in Non-Fiction. Last year’s winners in this category include I Respectfully Dissent: A Biography of Edward H. Nakamura by Tom Coffman and Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory by Anwei Skinsnes Law.

    Books reflecting history, biography, autobiography, science (other than natural science), geography, language, etc.

    Hawai‘i’s Story by Hawai‘i’s Queen
    Lili‘uokalani
    Hui Hanai, 2013
    496 pages, Hardcover
    ISBN: 978-0988727823
    $35.00

    Hawaiki Rising
    Sam Low
    Island Heritage Publishing, 2013
    344 pages, Hardcover
    ISBN: 978-1617102004
    $24.95

    Judge Sam King: A Memoir
    Judge Samuel P. King with Jerry Burris and Ken Kobayashi
    Watermark Publishing, 2013
    144 pages, Hardcover
    ISBN: 978-1935690382
    $22.95

    Kaua‘i Kids in Peace and War
    Bill Fernandez
    CreateSpace, 2013
    266 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-1479384914
    HBB Review

    Ma‘i Lepera: Disease and Displacement in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii
    Kerri A. Inglis
    University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013
    288 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0824836351
    $24.00

    Timeline Hawai‘i – An Illustrated Chronological History of the Islands
    Daniel Harrington
    Mutual Publishing, 2013
    224 pages, Softcover
    ISBN: 978-1939487-00-1
    $25.95
    HBB Review

    What a great group of nominees! It’ll be difficult to pick a winner here as these are all fantastic books. Which ones have you read? We’d love to read your comments!



  • Excellence in Natural Science (2014 KPP Awards)

    On Thursday, April 24, we celebrate Hawaiʻi publishing with the 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala. We present to you, our readers, the annual tradition of counting down all of the wonderful locally published books nominated for awards in each category. Here, we include not only the book title, but links to the book, information and where applicable, book reviews from Hawaiʻi Book Blog.

    For a complete list of all the nominees we’ve posted and for all the updated information on the event, please visit our dedicated Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards page.

    The eighth category is Excellence in Natural Science. Last year’s winners in this category include Loulu: The Hawaiian Palm by Donald R. Hodel and In The Beginning: Archipelago The Origin and Discovery of the Hawaiian Islands by Dr. Richard W. Grigg

    Books reflecting Hawaiian language, culture or history.

    Hawaiian Herbal Medicine
    June Gutmanis (author), Susan G. Monden (illus.)
    Island Heritage Publishing, 2013
    216 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-1617101984
    $19.95

    Plants of Hawaii: How to Grow Them
    Fortunato Teho
    Petroglyph Press, 2013
    124 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-912180-71-7
    $17.95

    Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawaii
    Robert J. Cabin
    University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2013
    272 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-8248-3693-1
    $24.99

    Three interesting books covering the wonderful natural world of our island home. What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!



  • Excellence in Literature (2014 KPP Awards)

    On Thursday, April 24, we celebrate Hawaiʻi publishing with the 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala. We present to you, our readers, the annual tradition of counting down all of the wonderful locally published books nominated for awards in each category. Here, we include not only the book title, but links to the book, information and where applicable, book reviews from Hawaiʻi Book Blog.

    For a complete list of all the nominees we’ve posted and for all the updated information on the event, please visit our dedicated Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards page.

    The sixth category in our KPP spotlight is Excellence in Literature. Last year’s winners in this category include Boi No Good by Chris McKinney and Wipeout! & Hanging Ten in Paris by Chip Hughes.

    Books of fiction (novels), essays, stories, and poetry.

    ‘Ewa Which Way
    Tyler Miranda
    Bamboo Ridge Press, 2013
    304 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-910043-87-8
    $18.00
    Star-Advertiser Review

    Beyond Green Tea and Grapefruit
    Gail N. Harada
    Bamboo Ridge Press, 2013
    160 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-910043-89-2
    $18.00

    Brothers Under A Same Sky
    Gary Pak
    University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013
    176 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-8248-3605-4
    $19.00

    The Nanjing Massacre: Poems
    Wing Tek Lum
    Bamboo Ridge Press, 2013
    240 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-910043-88-5
    $18.00
    HBB Review

    Hawai‘i, a novel
    Mark Panek
    Lō‘ihi Press, 2013
    568 pages, Paperback
    ISBN: 978-0-9822535-3-3
    $16.95
    HBB Review

    Wow! What a terrific list of nominees this year. It pains me to think of how stacked this category is and that there are some truly amazing books here that might not win an award.

    Have you read any of these books? If so, let us know what you thought!



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