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.

On day four of our countdown, we take you back to school with our second category of the day.  The books presented here are highly informative, well researched books that can be used as either text or reference books on a specific Hawaii subject.

See our previous nominees posts:

Excellence in Text or Reference Books

Books intended specifically as textbooks or reference books.

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

Arts and Crafts of Micronesia: Trading with Tradition
Barbara Wavell
Bess Press, 2010
264 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-1573063098
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

Asian Supernatural
Alex Paman
Mutual Publishing, 2010
288 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-1566479240
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

Beyond the Sandbox: Preschool Matters
Phyllis De Graff Kunimura
Pono Press, 2010
176 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0692008126

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

Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawaiʻi, Second Edition
David L. Callies
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2010
366 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0824834753

A lot of great books here.  While we’ve only reviewed two of these books, we have read a little bit from all but one of the books and feel this will be a tough category to pick a true winner.  Lots of great reference books here, which is your favorite?

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