Talk Story Bookstore

Talk Story Bookstore, Hanapepe: Hours, Address, Talk Story Bookstore Reviews: 4.5/5

Talk Story Bookstore
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Emily Ibholm
1 contribution
This place rocks.
Jun 2021 • Couples
I don’t know what other people are talking about. The clerk was kind and helpful. The cat is awesome. The vibe of this store is so peaceful and warm. I would recommend stopping by with the whole family, because there is something for everyone. Love the local artwork and the fact the the proceeds go to this guy’s cat. Great establishment. Made me smile.
Written June 14, 2021
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joy d
Dallas, TX1 contribution
Great books
Mar 2021 • Couples
Found this little gem by googling bookstore on kuaui. Great selection and worth the trip. In a small downtown area . Really enjoyed the visit and found great reading for our vacation on kuaui.
Written March 10, 2021
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SnowBeans
San Diego, CA103 contributions
Meet Celeste
Mar 2020
While traveling, I always make it a point to visit a local bookstore. If possible, I find one with a great story and Talk Story may have the best narrative. It is the westernmost bookstore in the United States and the only bookstore on Kauai. It was a highlight of our visit to Hanapepe and a great way to conclude our day after hiking in the Waimea Canyon.

Talk Story offers a great selection of books with a fantastic focus on Hawaii. The staff was knowledgeable and welcoming. I picked up a few books and enjoyed the time spent browsing Talk Story.

If you love cats, you will appreciate Talk Story's Boss - Celeste.
Written September 28, 2020
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or6446
Pendleton, OR55 contributions
Best Book Store in Kauai!
Feb 2020
It's also the ONLY bookstore, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. Hanapepe is a cute artsy town with a suspension bridge and this store is a large part of it's quirky charm. This is an old-school awesome independent bookstore for bookstore lovers. It's jam packed with books, smells of paper, and has uneven floors. It even has a cat!!!!! She's really cute and she will ignore you. It's a thing.

Go visit!
Written April 11, 2020
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Michael W
Portland, OR166 contributions
Great, well-organized, selection in a very pleasant town.
Feb 2020
Hanapepe is well worth visiting for the range of galleries, a variety of food options and this first-class bookstore. If you are short of time it really helps to have a bookstore with a very wide range all neatly shelved and catalogued. Talk Story Bookstore fits those criteria. I found a leather bound Victorian study of Herculaneum, needing help on the binding but internally perfect, for $20 and a couple of novels for reading while traveling.
Written February 24, 2020
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Malice6
Bainbridge Island, WA720 contributions
Westward Ho
Feb 2020 • Family
They pronounce this the westernmost bookstore in America. That’s possible if there are no bookstores in Waimea or on more western islands. It is a good little bookstore with a wide selection of new and used books. From classics to contemporary local guides and lots of kid friendly titles.
It is not ADA accessible and once inside the aisles are narrow and there is no place to sit. With more than a few visitors it can be uncomfortable and crowded.
Watch your footing when exiting the uneven rickety steps.
Fairly helpful with staff pointing in the general direction of where to find a requested type or title.
This is one of the best shops in town.
Written February 22, 2020
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ReachtheBeachKC
Kansas City, MO184 contributions
Local bookstore
Feb 2020
I had run out of books a few days into our trip and found this little gem. Used and new. I got several used historical fiction bookd and a pocket tree guide so i could identify all the unusal trees and shrubs we were seeing
Written February 11, 2020
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arlenejoe
Tacoma, WA150 contributions
More books than meets the eye
Jan 2020 • Couples
Walked in, expecting a dingy little store with an odd collection of older books. Wrong! This little store had so much of a variety of subjects, with brief reviews of many current releases just under the displayed book. Charming, clean, bright, and welcoming ambience. Lovely service by a husband/wife team, a younger couple. We bought a “very rare” children’s book called THE SIX WRINKLED WOOS, which the store owner opened out of the cellophane bag for us to view. It was in wonderful shape and will be treasured by the Woo family (that’s us with two children and two grandchildren). We had a most wonderful time browsing and buying!
Written January 19, 2020
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Christina's Sister
Arizona167 contributions
Excellent bookstore!
Nov 2019
We loved this bookstore! Lots of options, reasonable prices, and unique finds. The service was excellent too. When I asked about a product I'd found on a shelf and if there were other options, the owners quickly checked the back stock and helped me out.
Also - there's a cat.
Written December 8, 2019
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Mark H
Enmore, Australia124 contributions
Fabulous range, great service, a real bookstore, must visit
Oct 2019 • Couples
We visited 22 October 2019.

This bookstore is a must do when on Kauai. In fact it’s the only bookstore. The range of books, magazines & DVDs is amazing. This is how a bookstore should be! Ed the owner is also a classic knowledgeable owner. Celeste the bookstore cat supervises & may grace you with letting you pat her.

Go buy a book. And Ed ships globally.
Written October 23, 2019
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Talk Story Bookstore is open:
  • Tue - Thu 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM