For Educators

Bess Press develops core curriculum materials focused on the people, cultures, and histories of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

Bess Press Education

At Bess Press, we've placed particular emphasis on materials for grades K-12 by focusing on age and culturally appropriate materials that can enhance language acquisition, reading comprehension, and help extend literacy skills. The main function in producing these book titles is to provide multiple perspectives and viewpoints for students within island classrooms and to assist in fostering the education of independent global and local citizens.

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Core Curriculum Textbooks

Textbooks for Hawaiian Studies and Pacific Island Studies with standard alignments, skills books, and more. For review copies, bulk orders, questions, or if youʻre a first-time teacher and could benefit from a more in-depth discussion about our content, contact our education team.

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  • Early Childhood Education

    Developmentally-appropriate resources to build strong foundations for Hawai‘iʻs youngest keiki.

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  • 3rd to 8th Grade Education

    Core currriculum and supplemental materials for upper elementary and middle grade teachers and students.

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  • High School and Postsecondary Education

    Core currriculum and supplemental materials for teachers and students in high school and beyond.

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Education Discounts

All prices displayed on this website are available at the educator discount of 20% off listed price

• All titles available from Bess Press qualify for a 20% discount off the listed price

• Institutional purchase orders are subject to a 7% of total-sale shipping and handling fee

• For orders placed on O‘ahu, pick-up and/or delivery can be arranged for an additional fee

• If you have specific purchasing requirements that need additional information please contact Bess Press

* all prices are current at the time of this catalog publication; prices are subject to change

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HIDOE Vendor Information

Our HIDOE Vendor number is 007324. For further questions, contact us at

Common Core State Standard Alignments

You can access complete inquiry alignment for our core curriculum textbooks on each textbook product page. Check out the 4th Grade HCSSS Standard Alignments for the Hawaiians of Old textbook.