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Basically Books

More Than A Bookstore—A Gathering of Things Hawaiian


Basically Books is your first stop in Hilo for visitor information, and your last stop for gifts and souvenirs.

Independent bookstores are the lifeblood of the community, and Basically Books has always been dedicated to creating a lifelong community of readers, from Keiki to Kupuna. Since 1985, we have been focusing on the local community and Hawaii, by working to both provide resources for the local community and engage visitors in the history, culture, and beauty of our island home. We also support local authors and crafters by carrying locally made items and books. Check out or new online store!

Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it here, and our friendly staff is here to assist you. Information about Hawaii, a good book, research reference, gifts from Hawaii to take to friends abroad, or souvenirs to take back home, you can find all of that and more at Basically Books.

We are partnered with Petroglyph Press, which offers the fax, copy, scanning, printing, binding, and laminating services that you’ve always enjoyed. Visit Petroglyph Press’ website for more information on commercial printing and publishing.



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1672 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720
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