The 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala is fast approaching (Thursday, April 24), and to generate excitement for the event as well as educate the public on the nominees, we continue our tradition of doing a countdown of posts, highlighting 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.

The fourth category is Excellence in Hawaiian Language, Culture and History. Last year’s winners in this category include Ancestry of Experience: A Journey into Hawaiian Ways of Knowing by Leilani Holmes and Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory by Anwei Skinsnes Law.

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Books reflecting Hawaiian language, culture or history.

Aʻama Nui – Guardian Warrior Chief of Lalakea
WCIT Architecture
Moʻo Studio, 2013
55 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0986058806

Hawaiki Rising
Sam Low
Island Heritage Publishing, 2013
344 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1617102004

Hawaiian Herbal Medicine
June Gutmanis (author), Susan G. Monden (illus.)
Island Heritage Publishing, 2013
216 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-1617101984

Ke Ao Nani
Alohalani Housman
Ka Haka Ula O Keelikolani, 2012
ISBN: 9780988783003

Ma‘i Lepera: Disease and Displacement in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii
Kerri A. Inglis
University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013
288 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0824836351

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What a great selection of Hawaiian language/culture/history books! Have you read any of these books? Let us know what you think about them, we’d love to hear your comments!