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, we are counting down the potential winners, quickly highlighting the books nominated for each awards category. Where applicable, I will link to book reviews from Hawaiʻi Book Blog.

Today is the fourth day we are talking nominees and the first category of the day is for all you outdoorsy, nature-loving types.  The books presented here delve into the natural science aspects of Hawaiʻi

See our previous nominees posts:

Excellence in Natural Science

Books reflecting nature, plants, animals, the earth, the ocean, the sky, etc.

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

Living on the Shores of Hawaiʻi: Natural Hazards, the Environment, and Our Communities
Charles Fletcher, Robynne Boyd, William J. Neal, and Virginia Tice
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2010
336 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0824834333

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

Hey, we have two books from the photography category here.  So, at least we know these “natural science” books are also pretty!  Have you read any of these books?  Let us know your thoughts!

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