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Basically Books

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Good selection with local flavor

Amazing to see literature translated into Hawaiian: Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland! Nice... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2018
Anne F
Juneau, Alaska
Fun place for souvenirs!

This is beautiful book shop right in Hilo. They have some amazing toys, local soaps, cards, bags... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Stephanie H
Hilo, Hawaii
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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
+1 808-961-0144
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Hilo
from US$ 249.00
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

Amazing to see literature translated into Hawaiian: Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland! Nice stand of maps. Good selection of natural history (I was looking for bird books). And I picked up a thriller set in on the Big Island that was a good read!...More

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BasicallyBooks, Owner at Basically Books, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed 22 August 2018

This is beautiful book shop right in Hilo. They have some amazing toys, local soaps, cards, bags, etc. I love to stop here for birthday gifts, especially for kids. Friendly staff. Local business for something like 30 years now.

Thank Stephanie H
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

Thank nurealam
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.

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