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Talk Story Bookstore

3785 Hanapepe Road, PO Box 770, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
(808) 335 - 6469
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Type: Specialty Shops
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Bakersfield, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Friendly and knowledgeable owners. I wanted a book of Kauai legends and Cynthia recommended two. I chose "More Kaua'i Tales" by Frederick B. Wichman. Delightful book with great illustrations. I wish I had had more time to explore the store.

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Los Angeles, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I was so glad we found this bookstore. I've never bought a book on vacation but these people are so fantastic that I couldn't help myself. The store itself has a strange magnetism that automatically makes you happy.

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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

"Talk Story", in Hanapepe on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, is self-proclaimed as the farthest Western bookstore in the United States. But that's not a reason to go there. They deal in new books and old books, some of them being very old books. I found a couple of gems dealing with World War II (you remember that one, don't... More

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El Cerrito, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Yes, they're still around, independent book stores with a mix of new and used/reasonably priced books. We hung out here on Friday evening before the Hanapepe art walk, and there's plenty to browse. Comfortable and friendly. Wish we had more room in our luggage for books!

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Calgary, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Same for us, as soon as we walked into the shop we were welcomed to "the western-most book store in the United States. Pretty cool greeting formula. We felt at home in this store and could have spent much more time if we were not starving. After spotting my Calvin & Hobbs coffret, he proposed me a French version of... More

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Lafayette, CA
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6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

As soon as we walked into the shop we were welcomed to "the western-most book store in the United States." It was worth the journey. Expansive selection of used and new books, from literature to local cookbooks. Enjoyed browsing the shelves devoted to local authors and Hawaii-related writings. Wonderful music plays as you browse. Every town needs a bookstore like... More

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Westpark, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Great little bookstore, tons of books! Very reasonable prices and a wide variety of new and used. They had current best sellers as well as older books. Very friendly staff! Pretty sure this is the only bookstore on the island, and there is no need for others! Go west on route 50, just after port Allen.

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Alton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had a great time browsing the shelves. We found a couple of "gems" we couldn't leave behind. We were surprised by the wide selection.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Talk Story is a must-see if you are a book lover. Even if you're not, you should go. Ed and Cynthia Justus run the store, and talking to them is worth the visit. The place is crammed with so many different kinds of books that it is almost guaranteed that you'll find something you love (and the staff can simply... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Small, independently owned bookstore with great personnel. They had an incredible selection of books of all sorts, history, novels, and my favorite all things Hawaiian. They had better prices than I have seen for the same books on Amazon, and knowledgeable staff to help. The bookstores are becoming a thing of the past on the island, but this was a... More

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