Each year the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards are given by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association
(HBPA) to recognize the finest books published in Hawai‘i during the previous year and to honor
individuals involved in their creation. HBPA sponsors these awards as part of its public outreach effort to enhance the recognition of book publishing as an industry in Hawai‘i and support local literacy. The term “Ka Palapala Po‘okela” can be translated from Hawaiian to mean “excellent or exemplary manuscript.”
Nominees are customarily judged in twelve categories of excellence. In each category, two honors may be
given—an Honorable Mention and the Award of Excellence—as determined by the votes of adjudicators
specially-selected for their expertise in a particular category’s subject matter, genre conventions, target
audience, etc. Each category of excellence will be judged by a committee of three adjudicators as appointed
by the HBPA.
While the awards are primarily designed to honor Hawai‘i’s regional publishing, a special “Aloha from
Across the Sea” award recognizes excellence in books about Hawai‘i or with a Hawaiian theme that are
published outside of the state.
Two additional trophy awards may also presented by the HBPA membership: the Samuel M. Kamakau
Award, given for the overall Hawai‘i Book of the Year, selected from the category Award of Excellence
winners, and the John Dominis Holt Award, given to an individual for an extended history of
Excellence in Hawai‘i Book Publishing.
Entries must be postmarked by Friday, February 13, 2015.