About Koa Books

Koa Books was founded in 2005 by Arnie Kotler, who previously founded and directed Parallax Press. Headquartered on Maui, the press publishes works on progressive politics, personal transformation, and native cultures.

Koa is the largest native Hawaiian forest tree, whose beautiful hardwood was traditionally used for making canoes and surfboards. Koa in Hawaiian means fearless, or warrior.

Koa Books are distributed to the trade through SCB Distributors
Books about Hawai'i are also distributed by The Islander Group

Download Koa Books' 2016 Catalog here


Interns Lacey and Emily Farm at Koa Books' display table, with publisher Arnie Kotler, at the first "More Fish in the Sea" Festival, at Maui Community College.
Interns Lacey and Emily Farm, with publisher Arnie Kotler,
at More Fish in the Sea Festival, Maui

Internship Program

Koa Books volunteer internship program offers an introduction to the publishing process and gives interns marketable publishing skills. Interns work on editorial, marketing, and special projects, on Maui or offsite. Please send a letter explaining your interest in an internship in publishing to

Internship Program, Koa Books,
PO Box 822,
Kihei, HI 96753



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