Welcome to Petroglyph Press
Celebrating 55 Years of Aloha

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After 55 years in Downtown Hilo, Petroglyph Press is proud and excited to announce our move to a new location. We haven't moved far, only a mile and a half down the road, to 1672 Kamehameha Ave. Now near Banyan Drive and Ken's, Petroglyph Press will continue to provide the same great selection, services, and knowledgeable assistance as ever!

In addition to our copy, fax, and printing services, Petroglyph Press continues our dedication to the literature of Hawaii.

In September 1962, Petroglyph Press opened on the corner of Haili and Kinoole Streets in downtown Hilo. The printing and publishing company has always specialized in perpetuating stories that make up the fabric of life in Hawaii. It is unique in the fact that its books are entirely made in Hilo, from design through printing and binding.

The established business grew in a new direction with the opening of Basically Books in November of 1985. The award winning bookstore has been named the Best Bookstore in East Hawaii for the past six years. Specializing in books, maps, music, and gifts celebrating Hawaii, Basically Books has created a gathering place that perpetuates Hawaii's story through book and music events that invite the public to participate and engage in creating their own new stories.

As the Petroglyph Press ohana enters its 55th year of serving the Hilo community and the state of Hawaii as a whole, it is clear that there has never been more interest in learning about and celebrating the history and culture of Hawaii.

Our last three books have married the iconic art of local artist Dietrich Varez with traditional Hawaiian stories and legends. Iwa: The Hawaiian Legend by Dietrich Varez is a re-imagining of a traditional Hawaiian Myth, and recently won the prestigious 2017 Po'okela Award for Excellence in Children's Literature. Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes, and Legends of Maui A Demigod of Polynesia and his Mother Hina both feature their original text by William Drake Westervelt, with full color illustrations by Varez.

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We are a family owned and operated printing and publishing company located in beautiful downtown Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.

We offer many services, including copies, fax, printing, bindery, and lamination. Check out our Services Page for a full list. We also publish a line of Hawaiiana Books. In fact, Petroglyph Press remains the only publisher in the state of Hawaii that can claim its products are entirely "made in Hawaii." From design and composition through binding and distribution, Petroglyph Press creates books about Hawaii from Hawaii in its downtown Hilo facility.


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