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By Bess Press

How cool is it to publish local books by your favorite authors and then open a mortar and brick bookstore to sell them from?!? In business for 39 years as a family publishing company, Bess Press has recently decided to do just that, debuting da Shop in Kaimuki.

Whether it’s history with Hawaiians of Old—Nâ Kânaka Maoli o ka Wâ Kahiko, or keiki picture books such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Small Hōkū, or local language manuals like Pidgin To Da Max, Bess Press prints it. I’m the proud owner of a gorgeous, memory-capturing tabletop book of theirs: Mālama Honua: Hōkūleʻa – A Voyage of Hope. Bess Press stands as one of the major publishers of curriculum in Hawaiian and Pacific Island studies.

And now, as of March, Buddy Bess and his ohana sell all this good reading material to us in a comfy, family friendly space called da Shop!

Their kids section that takes up half the store, but never fear, adults! Besides a great selection of Hawaiian texts and Hawaiiana literature, da Shop constantly updates their selection of New York Times best-sellers.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, you will surely locate it in their easy-access digital database: browse over a million titles, purchase them in the store and they’ll ship directly to your doorstep.  

Come on in, bring the little ones, chill out in a lounge chair or bring a buddy to attend an event with a famous local kine author!

3565 Harding Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816

Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 11am – 4pm


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