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It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of local artist Dietrich Varez.

Here is a message from David Reed, co-owner of Petroglyph Press and Basically Books:

"It is with immense sadness that we bid Aloha to our dear friend, artist and author Dietrich Varez, who passed gently over on August 14, 2018, at age 79. His inspiring images, down to earth sense of humor, genuine humility and simple goodness were a gift to all who crossed his path or were touched by his work. The world is a better place for his years upon it.
Dietrich is survived by his wife, Linda, and son Dietrich (Heather) Varez, Jr., four grandchildren, three nephews, and a niece. He is predeceased by his brother, Chris Varez. Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 13, Volcano, Hawaii 96785. The family has requested that donations in Dietrich's memory be made to the Volcano Art Center: http://volcanoartcenter.org/support/donate/.
Petroglyph Press is providing postcards at the store shared by Basically Books, 1672 Kamehameha Ave. in Hilo, that can be filled out and dropped into the basket there or mailed.
How does one person know all that Dietrich accomplished?
Here's what I, David Reed, can tell you:
Dietrich, born in war-torn Germany, found in Hawaii his forever home.
Dietrich grew up a barefoot local boy, exploring tidepools and mountain streams.
Dietrich married his soul mate Linda, moved to Volcano with their son and found Pele.
Dietrich, a bartender at Volcano House and caretaker of Namakanipaio Cabins, learned the lore of his new home from the resident tellers of tales.
Dietrich carved the lore of the islands into blocks of firewood and later, linoleum blocks, hand printing the iconic images he is so well known for.
Dietrich expanded his talents by painting incredible color illustrations of his home's legends and people.
Dietrich made his art affordable to the public so that we could all enjoy his classic representations of life, past and present, in Hawaii.
Dietrich will live with us with what we have on our walls and in our hearts.
Dietrich lived a simple, reclusive life, focusing his energy on his creations.
Dietrich may not have hung out with you, but when you crossed paths, you were his best friend.
Dietrich's body of work is and will be recognized as a valuable legacy for generations to come.
Dietrich found my wife, Christine, and I at Petroglyph Press back in 2001 seeking to further express his love of our island. The books he created and we published are only a snippet of his life's work. We are so proud to have been able to collaborate with him to share his passion for Hawaii, its folklore, history, native plants and animals, and the people who are at the heart of our community."

Petroglyph Press is thrilled to announce the release of two new books!

Dietrich Varez illustrations bring colorful visual images to Pele, the Volcano Goddess by Likeke R. McBride, newly released by Petroglyph Press. Available at Basically Books, Volcano Art Center and soon at other book and gift stores throughout Hawaii. $14.95

Second is Kanehunamoku; A story of Old Hawaii By Dietrich Varez. Author and artist, Dietrich Varez, has drawn upon decades of study to create imagery depicting Hawaiian folklore and has lovingly hand lettered the text. The simple line drawings are perfect for coloring, however this is much more than a coloring book. Using his original characters, Lehua and Ehu, he has interwoven classic Hawaiian tales into the narrative and provides inspiration to further explore the vast, rich lore of the ancient Hawaiians. Travel now to the secret island of the gods, Kanehunamoku, and see what wonders will be revealed. Available at Basically Books and other book and gift stores around Hawaii for $9.95.


Our previous three books also combined 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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