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Address: 3785 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
Phone Number: (808) 335 - 6469
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You have to stop in here if you are in the area. The owners (and their cat) are friendly and knowledgably (not the cat, but he is friendly). A wide selection of books, and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Diamond Bar, California
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Monument, Colorado
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is both a new and used bookstore, offering local touches like a fresh, free starfruit to browsers. The owner is helpful without intruding, and the store itself has lots of titles and a breadth in its offerings that put most bookstores, Mainland or otherwise, to shame. Reminds you why we should support the independent bookseller. Come here to find... More 

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Diamond Bar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

You have to stop in here if you are in the area. The owners (and their cat) are friendly and knowledgably (not the cat, but he is friendly). A wide selection of books, and a special section for local authors. And you can brag that you have been to the western-most bookstore in the United States!

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This store was a brilliant find on our trip to Kauai. Hanapepe, like Waimea, is like a town stuck in the 1950s - in a good way. Quaint, cute and awesome, this shop had a great selection of new, used and vintage titles. They had loads of cool stuff about Hawaii, but also a great section for kids, comics, graphic... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

From a friendly welcome to personalized recommendations this bookstore (the farthest west bookstore in the 50 states) is a real gem. I could've browsed in here for hours. It's small but big, if you know what I mean. Everything is well organized and well labeled. There is a mix of old and new. And what did I find in the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is the kind of warm and inviting bookstore that I used in work in the early 90's that almost went instinct in the era of Borders and B&N. It's geared toward quietly browsing for hours, or a quick in and out to grab something for the beach. I highly recommend a lovely chat with the owners as they guide... More 

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Urbandale
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70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Reminds me of the old time bookstores. The choice of new and old books was amazing! There were so many books jammed into this small place but yet it was very organized. My husband and I both found books that we were looking for. All kinds of books here for all ages. Could easily have stayed lots longer!

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Kauai, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I have been to bookstores all over the world and this one is my favorite. Not only do the owners Cynthia and Ed greet you as you come in "welcome to the Western most book store in the USA" but they know their stuff, they recommend books, show you where to find a book, and are eager to help you.... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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131 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The farthest west independent bookstore in the United states does not rival Powel's books in Portland for completeness or Vroman's in Pasadena for bustle but the owners make up for it in warmth. Cynthia gave me two stools for my comfort while going through the used books on CD that are on a low shelf. Every so often Ed calls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

This is a gem of a bookstore. It has a most interesting collection of new and used books in many different genres. It ranges from hardcover classics to bestsellers to Zen Buddhism to old but beach-ready paperbacks to gardening and cookbooks. The owners are sure to welcome you and help if you want it but leave you alone to browse... More 

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Kauai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Love the western - most book store in America located in Hanapepe Kauai. Ed and Cynthia just celebrated 10 years in business and are the only bookstore on Kauai. They will order for you if your book is not in stock. With 1000's to choose from there is something for everyone. Plus there's a resident cat.

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Address: 3785 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
Phone Number: (808) 335 - 6469
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Hanapepe

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