Bookstores in Hawaii

A guide to the best independent
Hawaii bookstores

*Listed by island, then by city


Captain Cook

The Reading Garden - 82-6125 Mamalahoa Hwy. - (808) 323-9540 - Used, Rare, Out-of-Print books


Basically Books

160 Kamehameha Ave.
Phone: (800) 903-6277
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional, Hawaiian Literature
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Musical Performances
Find us: Facebook

Basically Books specializes in books, maps, music and gifts with a Hawaiian theme. It has the largest Hawaiian music selection on the island of Hawai'i and has one of the largest collections of maps in the state. Our children's section includes books, plush, toys, puppets. Bath and body products and local crafts are made in Hawai'i. Since first opening in 1985, we have grown and evolved into a gathering place in Hilo for authors and musicians. Special events at the store help us connect members of our community.

Big Island BookBuyers - 14 Waianuenue Ave. - (808) 315-5335 - Used, New books

Hilo Bay Books - 829 A Leilani St. - (808) 935-9234 - Used books

Still Life Books - 58 Furneaux Ln. - (808) 756-2919 - Used books


Kona Bay Books - 74-5487 Kaiwi St. - (808) 326-7790 - Used books

Kona Stories - 78-6831 Ali'i Drive #142  - (808) 324-0350


Big Island BookBuyers

15-2901 Pahoa Village Rd.
Phone: (808) 854-6681
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: Art, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

Big Island BookBuyers is a great source for gently used and out of print used books and DVDs. And we now carry a selection of new materials including books of the Hawaiiana, tour guide and local author genres, as well as maps and locally produced greeting cards. This is our original store in Downtown Pahoa. We offer a great selection of pocket (mass market) paperbacks – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thrillers, Mysteries, Horror, and more. We trade and buy books whenever a buyer is available, or you can call for an appointment. Bring us your books, DVDs and audio books.



Blue House Booksellers - 4504 Kukui St, Suite 7 - (808) 822-4111



Kalele Bookstore & Divine Expressions - 64 Ala Malama - (808) 553-5112 - Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age/Regional



Jelly's - 98-023 Hekaha St., Ste. 9 - (808) 484-4413 - Used & New books


Jelly's - 670 Auahi St. #I-16 - (808) 587-7001 - Used & New books


BookEnds - 600 Kailua Rd. #126 - (808) 261-1996 - New & Used books



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