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Talk Story Bookstore

3785 Hanapepe Road, PO Box 770, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
(808) 335 - 6469
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Ranked #1 of 7 Shopping in Hanapepe
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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English first
2 reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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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San Diego
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Hanapepe is not far from Poipu, it is worth the drive. I love bookstores and this one has lots of new and used and all topics. The owners are so friendly,welcoming everyone and after talking for a few minutes, leading you a book you might find interesting. She even found another customer that was having the same experiences as me... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is an awesome book store with many wonderful selections. Stop in to peruse the large selection of books or just to talk story with the owner. Great book store in the Hustoric town of Hanapepe...they even offer Kama aina rates.

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Bakersfield, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
13 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
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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