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publishing for Hawaiʻi since 1979


Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero

A biography of the legendary Hawaiian. Before he became internationally recognized as a big wave surfer and waterman, Aikau strived to find himself and his place in the world as a Hawaiian. His journey of self-discovery continues to inspire a culture, the surfing community, and those reconnecting the world over with the art ancient navigation.

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Rainforest Puʻuhonua

"Kahi Wight's words spring out of an authentic Hawaiian voice and a specific, beloved landscape that became and remains her spiritualpuʻuhonua, her refuge, her connection point. It is written from hernaʻau,from all the years of repression her generation went through and the emotional pain weHawaiians hold.Kahi's writing heals."

--Manulani Aluli Meyer, author ofHo‘oulu: Our Time of Becoming

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Hush Little Keiki

This story is an instant classic to be shared between mothers and babies growing up in Hawaiʻi.The playful lullaby reminds us of the ever present sweet, gentle, and soothing naturescapes from around the islands. Watch mynah birds fly against the setting sun, humpbacks dance across the ocean stage, and evening rains reveal the starry night.

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Island Toes

What kinds of experiences do toes have in the islands? What places do one's toes take them? On an island, one can expect to see plenty of toes! From snorkeling toes, to wheelchair toes, and even straps-in-between toes! Island Toes takes readers around the islands, where shoes are optional and toes have the freedom to explore.

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Bess Press will be at the following, if you are around stop by and say hello

  • California Library Association Conference
    Friday, November 6th
  • Hawaii Library Association Conference
    Saturday, December 5th
  • Rainforest Puʻuhonuaauthor Kahi Wight readings & signings!

    Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m.- Noon -- Book Day, Queen Emma Summer Palace, 2913 Pali Hightway

    Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. -- Volcano Art Center, Ni‘aulani Campus, Volcano Village

    Saturday, November 14, 1:00 p.m. -- Basically Books, 160 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo

    Thursday, November 19, 12:00 Noon -- Kapi‘olani Community College, Lama Library, Honolulu

    "Christmas in the Country"
    Sunday, Nov. 22, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Volcano Art Center Gallery, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

    Tuesday, December 1, 6:00 p.m. -- Kona Stories, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona

About Bess Press
Family run and in publishing since 1979 Bess Press with over 300+ books. Publishers of "Pidgin to da Max", "Hawaii's Spam Cookbook" just released books on Father Damien, Tattooing in the Marshall Islands, and American Samoan History textbook. We are "the" local and regional publisher of not only Kaimuki and Hawaii but the Pacific.

The Bess Press is an independent book publishing company located in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Started in 1979 with the reprint of two Hawaiian history textbooks, our list of titles has grown significantly over the years. Today, we offer readers and educators at all levels a selection of over two hundred trade and educational publications about Hawai'i and the Pacific.

Our publications reflect an island perspective and sensitivity. Many of our authors are experts who reside in Hawai'i and other areas of the Pacific region. I think you will find our publications informative, educational, and entertaining.

We publish trade titles about Pacific-related topics in the following categories: children's literature, cookbooks, humor, travel, sports, languages, reference books, and guidebooks.

We also offer curriculum titles widely used in schools and libraries throughout the Pacific and mainland United States on Hawaiian and Pacific island histories, languages, language arts, reading, literatures, culture and science, and reference works.

We are particularly interested in learning about your interest in Hawai'i, the Pacific, and our books.

Please let us know how we can best serve you.

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