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Address: 3785 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
Phone Number: (808) 335 - 6469
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Great little bookstore! Support an independent - please!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Monte D
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Campbell, California
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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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!

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Thank Monte D
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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Thank Stephanie G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Talk Story Bookstore was an absolute treat. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about their collection of new and used books. There is a great selection of books by local authors. This bookstore truly has something for everyone. I highly recommend a visit to the "western-most bookstore" in the United States.

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Thank Amy P
Eagle Mountain, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Didnt expect to find this amazing bookstore and owner, but boy was I glad I did! Outstanding selection, Even picked up a rare copy of The Curse of Lono...perfect for beach reading! Dont be afraid to ask questions and pet Celeste the coolest cat on the island!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We spent a half hour browsing the shelves here. I spent most of the time chatting with the proprietor since I didn't have my reading glasses with me. My partner found a mixture of new and old books, some just used books and some that were of historical interest. I got the impression that this was a bookstore primarily for... More 

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Lynnwood, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

While we were in Hanapepe for the Friday Night Festival, we stopped in Talk Story and had a browse among the crowded bookshelves in the small shop. We love small, independent bookstores, and always look for one when we travel. Talk Story is a great little shop, with a local section right up front as soon as you walk in... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is a charming bookstore complete with Celeste, the cat! They have a good selection of fiction, biography, history, Hawaiin specific, and spiritual books. Definitely worth stopping in.

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Thank PCheramy
New Lenox, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

My wife wanted to visit Hanapepe, because she thought it was a historical village. Not sure if it was. Enjoyed stopping into this bookstore. It was very interesting and it seemed like you could get any book you wanted. Good selection. The owner told me that there is a window in her store that would tell her when it was... More 

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Thank cwillini
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

We had looked in all the usual places to buy a book for the beach during our recent vacation. To no avail. So we googled bookstore for Kuaui and voila we found Talk Story in the fun historical town of Hanapepe just off the main highway. THe store was amazing. Selling both new and used books and so well organized.... More 

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Thank Karen B
Manotick, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Step back in time. Bookstore where you actually get help. Someone listens and offers suggestions. Has old books and new books. Just like The good old days before the big box sterile places.

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