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.

It’s day six of our countdown…and the Awards are less than a week away!  Today, we take a look at books that fall under the all-purpose “Special-Interest” banner.  These books span a wide range of topics from tattoos to music, tiki to aloha.  These are your “Special-Interest Books.”

See our previous nominees posts:

Excellence in Special-Interest Books

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

Ancient Sites of Oʻahu: A Guide to Hawaiian Archaeological Places of Interest, Revised Edition
Van James
Bishop Museum Press, 2010
158 pages, spiral-bound
ISBN: 978-1581780956

Let’s Kanikapila! 2: Play Hawaiian ʻUkulele Around the

Michael Preston
Bishop Museum Press, 2010
104 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1566479349

The Polynesian Tattoo Today
Tricia Allen
Mutual Publishing, 2010
296 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-1566479219
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style
edited by Mark Ellman and Barbara Santos
Mutual Publishing, 2010
264 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-1566479318

Waikīkī Tiki: Art, History and Photographs
Philip S. Roberts
Bess Press, 2010
264 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1573063111
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

Lots of interesting books here, yes?  Did you know that The Polynesian Tattoo Today is one of our most popular posts here at Hawaii Book Blog?  Lots of people definitely interested in Polynesian ink.

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