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Address: 3785 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai, HI 96716
Phone Number: +1 808-335-6469

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Fantastic bookstore

Billed as the "western most independent bookstore in the US" Owner was very personable and great help in guiding our book selection. Nice selection of new and used books.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Cary, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Billed as the "western most independent bookstore in the US" Owner was very personable and great help in guiding our book selection. Nice selection of new and used books.

Thank mannart03
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After returning from a boat tour in Port Allen, I drove to Hanapepe to check out the Talk Story bookstore. They have a good selection of books of all genres, including books about Hawaii, and the shop cat even made an appearance! Also a quick walk to the swinging bridge that crosses the Hanapepe river.

Thank Jessica F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

12 years in the making and it's wonderful! The wide variety of used and new books is amazing. Hawaiiana, historical, children's, cooking and you may get lucky and find a long lost treasure. Owners Ed & Cynthia Justus or the staff will welcome you with Aloha or maybe a hug if you've been stopping in over the years. Friday night... More 

Thank Roger S
Puget Sound, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the USA's farthest west independent bookstore, and the owners have made an effort to have "something for everybody" on their shelves. Browsing here was a delight.

Thank azzure
Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This book store is very comprehensive with many up-to-date-titles over many subjects. It is well organized and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Thank clifton686
Soouth Pasadena
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Well stocked bookstore with friendly helpful staff located in a most unlikely place. There used to be many independent bookstores before the chains drove them out of business. This bookstore is a throwback to the times before the chains and Amazon - most such places have closed; this gem of a place seems vibrant. A place where you can ask... More 

Thank beryl_greene
Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

proclaims the sign on the eaves of the Talk Story bookstore. We stopped here to get a couple of chapter books on Hawaii for our granddaughter. Along with the books we also came away with a few good recommendations on restaurants (both local and Lihue). Very friendly and helpful. Great selection of books.

Thank SoCalOregonian
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

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 26 September 2016

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 16 September 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 

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