Hawaii September 06, 2019
Browse More Than 150,000 Unique Titles At Talk Story Bookstore In Hawaii
Is there anything better than kicking back on a Hawaiian beach, digging your toes into the sand, and enjoying a good book while listening to the waves crash against the shore? We don’t think so unless of course, you spent the morning at Talk Story Bookstore picking out a new read or seven. There’s no doubt about it: Hawaii loves its mom-and-pop stores, and this independent bookstore on Hawaii Island is no exception.
Tucked away in the charming small town of Hanapepe on Kauai’s southern shore, you will find a remarkable variety of new and used books as well as comics, vinyl records, art, and collectibles at Talk Story Book Store.
Defined as a place to chit-chat with old and new friends alike, somewhere to share stories and laughs, Talk Story Bookstore is quintessentially Hawaiian.
Talk Story may not look like much from the exterior, but once you step foot inside, you’ll be delighted by the charming atmosphere, impressive selection of books, and quirky decor details — from a chalk outline of a body reminiscent of a crime scene…
…to the backroom door painted to look like the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Don’t forget to say hello to this adorable little mascot!
In addition to new books, you’ll discover out-of-print, rare, and vintage titles. More than 150,000 unique titles can be found packed within this modest bookstore, and you’re sure to find something to interest every reader you know — from light beach-reads and mystery novels to children’s stories, cookbooks, and plenty of Hawaiiana.
This quaint bookstore was opened in 2004 for Ed Justus was offered a month’s free rent to start a business and his at-home eBay business was transformed into a bookstore for the entire community to enjoy.
Celebrating its 15th year in business, Talk Story has received numerous accolades and awards and is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike.
So, what are you waiting for? Whether you are a self-proclaimed bookworm or are looking for a Hawaiian title to bring back home as a souvenir, a visit to Talk Story Bookstore is sure to impress.
Address: 3785 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, HI 96716
Talk Story Bookstore is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their
website or follow them on Facebook. While in Hanapepe, be sure to take some time to explore all that this tiny town has to offer — you won’t be disappointed.