On Thursday, April 24, we celebrate Hawaiʻi publishing with the 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala. We present to you, our readers, the annual tradition of counting down all of the wonderful locally published books nominated for awards in each category. Here, we include not only the book title, but links to the book, information and where applicable, 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 sixth category in our KPP spotlight is Excellence in Literature. Last year’s winners in this category include Boi No Good by Chris McKinney and Wipeout! & Hanging Ten in Paris by Chip Hughes.

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Books of fiction (novels), essays, stories, and poetry.

‘Ewa Which Way
Tyler Miranda
Bamboo Ridge Press, 2013
304 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-910043-87-8
Star-Advertiser Review

Beyond Green Tea and Grapefruit
Gail N. Harada
Bamboo Ridge Press, 2013
160 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-910043-89-2

Brothers Under A Same Sky
Gary Pak
University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013
176 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3605-4

The Nanjing Massacre: Poems
Wing Tek Lum
Bamboo Ridge Press, 2013
240 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-910043-88-5
HBB Review

Hawai‘i, a novel
Mark Panek
Lō‘ihi Press, 2013
568 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9822535-3-3
HBB Review

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Wow! What a terrific list of nominees this year. It pains me to think of how stacked this category is and that there are some truly amazing books here that might not win an award.

Have you read any of these books? If so, let us know what you thought!