2011 Ka Palapala Pookela Awards

The annual Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards, presented by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, honor Hawai‘i’s best books, authors, and illustrators. This year’s award ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011, 5:30-9:00 pm, at the Mission Houses Museum (free parking at Kawaiaha‘o Plaza, on the corner of South and Kawaiaha‘o streets).

Tickets are $30 and include entry to the Museum, pupu and cocktails, gourmet chocolates by Choco le’a, and entertainment by Na Leo Pilimehana. Click here to purchase tickets: http://www.hawaiibooks.org/ or stop by the Mission Houses Museum or Native Books. The awards will be hosted by Kimo Kahoano and Carole Kai.

This year’s UH Press nominees are:

Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawai‘i, Second Edition, by David L. Callies
(Excellence in Text or Reference, Excellence in Design)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai‘i: The Main Islands and Offshore Waters by Jim Denny
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Natural Science)

Living on the Shores of Hawai‘i: Natural Hazards, the Environment, and Our Communities by Charles Fletcher, Robynne Boyd, William J. Neal, and Virginia Tice
(Excellence in Natural Science, Excellence in Text or Reference)

Bright Triumphs from Dark Hours: Turning Adversity into Success by David Heenan
(Excellence in Nonfiction, Excellence in Design)

Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii by Don J. Hibbard, Glenn E. Mason, and Karen J. Weitze
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Nonfiction, Excellence in Design)

The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future edited by Craig Howes and Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio
(Excellence in Nonfiction)

Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Na Manu Kai by Robert J. Shallenberger
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Natural Science)

Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English edited by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, and Robert Sullivan
(Excellence in Literature)

Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art by Adrienne Kaeppler (distributed for Mark and Carolyn Blackburn)
(Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books, Excellence in Design)