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Best Book Store in Hilo

Basically Books, one of my favorites, recently opened up in a new location near Ken's. The larger... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
TedinHawaii
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Keaau, Hawaii
Pleasantly Surprised!

We stopped in this bookstore to grab a few postcards to mail home after a swim at the beach. I... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
411melissag
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Jenison
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A family-owned bookstore located on Kamehameha Avenue near Banyan Drive in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii. We specialize in Hawaii, and stock a wide selection of subjects. We also have current fiction and bestsellers, a large children's section with books...more
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1672 Kamehameha Ave, Near Banyan Drive, between Coqui's and Ken's House of Pancakes, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4641
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Basically Books, one of my favorites, recently opened up in a new location near Ken's. The larger space is filled with great books and maps. The prices are great and the people very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

We stopped in this bookstore to grab a few postcards to mail home after a swim at the beach. I assumed it'd be a typical tourist store and was only going to be a few minutes grabbing some postcards. I was pleasantly surprised to find...More

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BasicallyBooks, Owner at Basically Books, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thank you for stopping in and for your kind words. We love our hometown of Hilo and want to share its treasures with our visitors.

Reviewed 1 November 2017

I live here in Hilo and know this shop well. It's great whether you are a local or a visitor, because it does a couple things well: it's a wonderful bookstore (with a lot of books oriented to local history/culture/flora/fauna, etc. as well as Hawaii...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable about the books they have. They were eager to help and answered all my questions about local books and authors. Left with 2 books and one signed by the local author who happened to be in the store...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 31 July 2017

An awesome range of Hawaiian books, much better than in Honolulu. The staff were really helpful, even letting me exchange one that I realised was not going to be ideal as a gift for a friend. And a good range of mainstream books for kids...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This has got to be the best book store on the Big Island. If there's a book about Hawaii or things Hawaiian and this book store doesn't have it, they will know where to find it. Amazing book selection, volcanoes,geology of Hawaii, maps fiction by...More

Thank Miriahm D
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Basically Books is the bookstore in East Hawaii for Hawaiiana. Excellent book selection, some music, maps, other items of Hawaiian interest. A resource for educators. Always a stop for us when we visit the Big Island

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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Loved this bookstore. There happened to be some live music when we visited which was great! We went back the following day to browse around during a rainstorm. Good place to get local books, music, and gifts. Staff were very friendly.

Thank jazzglow
Reviewed 20 November 2015

Fabulous book store with local books, tour books & maps, Hawaiiana books & music, childrens' toys, cute umbrellas & unique gift items.

Thank JudiMellon
BasicallyBooks, Owner at Basically Books, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2015

Thanks for your kind words and for shopping small business.

Reviewed 26 October 2015

we were in the shop a few times during our holiday, not only we found wonderful books and maps but also fantastic xmas cards. very special hawaiian christmas cards with hi-motives, its worth checking we sent so many to our friends all over the world...More

Thank wode47
BasicallyBooks, Owner at Basically Books, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2015

Mahalo for your kind words. It was our pleasure to help make your Hawaii visit memorable.

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