Today, the Press has grown to become a leading educational content producer of Hawaiian and Pacific Island studies curriculum for use in preschool through high school. Our company is comprised of varying divisions focused on educational publishing, trade publishing, online publishing, distribution, and retail. Our work is entirely dedicated toward enhancing the multiple voices, cultures, and shared stories that make up Hawaiʻi and Oceania.
Bess Press has published over 700 titles within the genres of children’s literature, language, history, coloring and activity, biography & memoir, as well as informational and nature guides, along with custom publishing projects.
Little did husband and wife co-founders, Buddy Bess and Dr. Ann Rayson, expect that what started in a small basement, with a single textbook, over 43 years ago, would grow to become a thriving publishing enterprise and family business.
"Publishing books is not a science, but rather a combination of art and commerce. We treat each book like one would do with a family member; with high hopes for the future and at some point in time the reality that each of us and each of our books has its own life force."
- Benjamin "Buddy" Bess