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 fifth category in our KPP spotlight is Excellence in Design. Last year’s winners in this category include Ili Nā Hoʻomanaʻo o Kalaupapa: Casting Remembrances of Kalaupapa by Anwei Skinses Law and Valerie Monson, and Engraved at the Lahainaluna Seminary, 1834-1844 by David W. Forbes.

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Books where illustrations or photographs are the essence of the presentation.

Gardens of Hawai‘i
Stephen Haus
The Haus Foundation, 2013
196 pages, Hardcover

Honolulu Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific: 125 Years of Covers
A. Kam Napier, Kristin Lipman, Michael Keany and Erik Ries
Legacy Isle Publishing, 2013
160 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0935690429
HBB Review

New Landscapes – A Spectrum of Photographs
Andrew McHowell
Aina Imagery, 2014
132 pages, Hardcover

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Three interesting looking books here. Have you read any of these? Let us know your favorites!