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Founded1979; 44 years ago (1979)
FounderBenjamin Bess
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location Honolulu
Publication typesBooks
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Bess Press is an American publisher, based in Hawaii, that issues various books on Hawaiian and Pacific history and culture. [1] It was founded in 1979 [2] by Benjamin "Buddy" Bess, who came to Hawaii in 1976 from New York.

Bess bought the rights to two out-of-print textbooks on Hawaiian language, Hawaii: The Aloha State and Hawaii: Our Island State that local schools asked about when he was a sales representative for mainland publishers. He reprinted both volumes for $15,000, and pre-sold the copies, thus making a profit.


  1. ^ Nilsen, Robert (2007). Moon O'ahu. Avalon Travel. p. 368. ISBN  978-1-56691-958-6. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  2. ^ "About". Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.

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