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Address: 3785 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
Phone Number: (808) 335 - 6469

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Good selection of local and Hawaiian history and culture.

The only bookstore on the island. Great selection easy reads, history, rare books, comics, new releases. Great people helpful and friendly. Go there and keep them open.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Garry H
Denver, Colorado
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited the Talk Story Bookstore, as we do every trip to Kauai. Great selection of books, especially local Hawaiian books for both adults and kids. Books are very organized. All that is missing is the ALOHA SPIRIT. I was once again disappointed that this bookstore is different than most places on Kauai, where they treat you with respect. If your... More 

Thank Debbie R
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only bookstore on the island. Great selection easy reads, history, rare books, comics, new releases. Great people helpful and friendly. Go there and keep them open.

Thank Garry H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

What cool and quirky bookstore. Talk Story is locally owned and operated and filled to the roof. You could spend hours in here going through the endless bookcases and tables. A great place to get books relating to all aspects of Hawaiian culture. Stop by if you like the feel of a good book in your hands. They are open... More 

Thank Mike O
Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Bookstores are one of my favorite places to visit. This is a gem in the middle of the Pacific. It has new and out of print books, and a great collection of Hawaiian and Pacific literature as well as popular paperbacks. I bought two books about long distance canoe voyages for me, and a Hawaiian First Words book - has... More 

Thank msscuba671
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This store is an absolute gem with so many books: bestsellers, but more importantly so many books about Kauai. We live that local authors have such support and we even met one local artist whose book I bought. I had read Gabriela Taylor's stories of Hiking Kauai in Kauai Stories so it was so awesome to meet her. We did... More 

Thank ResourceTeacher
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

As a tourist it was more of a very cool place to see. I didn't really have a need to buy books. But the bookstore is seriously awesome. It's old, it smells like paper, they've got some used Hawaiian vinyl, and the owner greet you at the door and says welcome to the westernmost bookstore in the United States.

Thank 7268
Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

As a history teacher I stopped to look for a book of Koloa Town history I had started in the condo and found a real treasure. This is a destination for all who look for the unusual and local flavor when shopping on vacation. The proprietor was friendly and very knowledgeable about his books. With a varied and extensive inventory... More 

Thank Pam G
Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Talk Story is a pleasant bookstore with both new and used books. The owners are very friendly and the staff is helpful. A great place to come to before the start of the Friday Night Art Walk. A good collection of books on Hawaii (both fiction and non-fiction).

Thank Dale L
Campbell, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We always love a book store and this one is no different. We always try to support an independent bookstore whenever possible to buy at least something! This one is no exception - great people and an interesting cat asleep in a box on the shelf. Very cute. Do your part buy a book - support reading!

Thank Monte D
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

I could spend a good afternoon here, just browsing, completely at peace. They had a good selection of new and rare finds. The sections were nicely marked, the staff was super friendly. It is definitely worth seeking out!

Thank Stephanie G

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