The 2011 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala is coming soon (Friday, May 6) and to generate excitement for the event as well as educate the public on the nominees, I am doing a countdown, quickly highlighting the books nominated for each awards category. Where applicable, I will link to book reviews from Hawaiʻi Book Blog.

This is our third day highlighting categories, and for our second category of the day (and sixth overall), we introduce to you non-fiction books representing the best in photographic or illustrative books!

See our previous nominees posts:

Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books

Books where illustrations or photographs are the essence of the presentation.

photographs by Wayne Levin, essays by Thomas Farber and Frank Stewart
Editions Limited, 2010
88 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0915013555

Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii
Don J. Hibbard, Glenn E. Mason, Karen J. Weitze
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2010
276 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0824832360

Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Nā Manu Kai
Robert J. Shallenberger
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2009
100 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0824834036

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawaiʻi: The Main Islands and Offshore Waters
Jim Denny
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2009
210 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0824833831

Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art
Adrienne L. Kaeppler
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2010
448 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-1883528386

These are the nominees for best photographic or illustrative books.  Unlike the keiki books, the adult books tend to skew more photographic than illustrative.  Lots of books from UH Press, including a book on art, two on birds, and one on architecture.  The other book being a photographic book on a specific species of fish!  Have you read any of these books?  If so, let us know what you think about them and if they are deserving of the Ka Palapala award in this category!

Remember, you can attend the 2011 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala on Friday, May 6 at the Mission Houses Museum. This year’s gala event will be hosted by Kimo Kahoano and Carole Kai, with entertainment by the award-winning musical group, Nā Leo. Enjoy ʻono pupu, cocktails and gourmet chocolates by Choco leʻa. Come early and tour the Mission Houses Museum. To purchase tickets, please visit