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Address: 3785 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
Phone Number: (808) 335 - 6469
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Yes, a REAL, OLD FASHIONED book store!

If this bookstore didn't exist on our tiny island, life would be grimmer. The broad windows lure you inside where you can browse amidst tall, stuffed, bookshelves and find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

If this bookstore didn't exist on our tiny island, life would be grimmer. The broad windows lure you inside where you can browse amidst tall, stuffed, bookshelves and find treasures. Owners Cynthia and Ed Justus are not only very friendly but also knowledgeable. Want to find a vintage Star Wars figure? out of date Hawaii history books? That favorite detective... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My wife and I came down on the first night of our honeymoon and she fell in love with this store. She kept saying she wished we had one in New Orleans.

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Monument, Colorado
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64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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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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135 reviews
32 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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