besspressOne of Hawaii’s largest independent publishers turns 30 this year! Bess Press has been printing books in the islands and greater Pacific region since 1979 giving many local authors a chance to have their voices heard. They donate to and participate in events that encourage literacy in the community and have produced some of the most unique and enjoyable books that are a proud reflection of our local culture.

A few of my favorites include Hawaii: On the Road Histories by John Chambers, Japanese in Hawaii: Okage Sama De by Hazama and Kemeiji, and the old favorite… the legendary Pidgin to Da Max! And you certainly can’t miss Bess Press in May and July because they publish the largest collection of lei and craft books just in time for graduations! Plus, the SPAM Cookbook perfect for potlucks at the beach!

In celebration of their 30 years, they’re having a sale with books starting at just $1.00. Some of their popular guidebooks, a few history books, and coloring books are all just a buck! It’s a great opportunity to stock up for gifts. The coloring books make great stocking or basket stuffers for the keiki. Check out their website for more books on sale!

Happy Diamond Anniversary! Here’s to 30 more years!