Basically Books

Basically Books

We are a family-owned independent bookstore located across from Ben Franklin at 334 Kilauea Ave.

We specialize in Hawaiian Books, and stock a wide selection of current Hawaiiana literature. Our selection includes history, fiction, travel guides, natural history, marine science, children’s books, and much more. We also specialize in rare and out of print Hawaiian books.

Basically Books is also the largest map dealership in Hilo and on the Big Island—in fact, we are sometimes called “The Map Shop.” We carry topographic quad maps and historical maps, as well as useful road maps for all of the Hawaiian Islands.

We carry a selection of Hawaiian music, including classic favorites and the latest hits. In addition to all of this, we carry a large selection of Hawaiiana gifts, many of them made right here in the Islands.

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We are located at 334 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii 96720.