The 2012 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala is tomorrow (Friday, May 11), and to generate excitement for the event as well as educate the public on the nominees, we are counting down the books nominated for each awards category. Where applicable, I will link to 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.

Last, but not least in the KPP Awards lineup, the tenth category we are spotlighting is ‘Aloha From Across the Sea’ for books published outside of Hawaiʻi. 


Excellence in Aloha From Across the Sea

Books with Hawaiʻi or Hawaiian themes from publishers outside of Hawaii.

Being Menehune My Journal
J. Arthur Rath III
iUniverse, 2011
268 pages, Softcover
ISBN: 978-1462018925


Buildings of Hawaiʻi
Don J. Hibbard
University of Virgina Press
352 pages, Hardcover
HBB Review


Matson the Mouse
Duncan O’Brien, Robyn Oraoe (illus)
Pier 10 Media, 2011
HBB Review


Pekelo’s Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Method Level 1
Peter Palisbo
Pekelo Publishing, 2011



Pekelo’s Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Method Level 2
Peter Palisbo
Pekelo Publishing, 2011


Surfing in Hawai‘i: 1778-1930
Timothy Tovar Delavega
Arcadia Publishing, 2011
128 pages, Softcover
ISBN: 9780738574882



It’s not too late to come to one of the poshest local literary events of the year! You can attend the 2012 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala on Friday, May 11 at Bishop Museum. Enjoy heavy pūpū, gourmet chocolates by Choco leʻa, entertainment by Ka ʻEhā, and a book sale and author signing. Tickets can be purchased at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawaiʻi at Ward Warehouse (808-596-8885). For more information about the event, please contact