E Komo Mai…Welcome
Welcome to Basically Books! We are a family-owned independent bookstore located in historic downtown Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, facing beautiful Hilo Bay.
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—we may have that hard-to-find book that you're looking for!
Basically Books is also the largest map dealership in Hilo and on the Big Island—in fact, we are sometimes called "The Map Shop." Check out our Maps page for more information!
In addition to all of this, we carry a large selection of Hawaiiana gifts, many of them made right here in the Islands.
We don't have online ordering yet, but you can email us or give us a call at (808) 961-0144 (Hawaii Island) or 1-800-903-MAPS (Toll Free). If you find yourself in Hilo, please come visit us at 160 Kamehameha Avenue, and let our friendly and knowledgeable staff help you find what you're looking for. Discover for yourself why we are more than a bookstore!
- LocationWe are located at 160 Kamehameha Avenue in Downtown Hilo, between Haili Street and Kalakaua Street. Where is Hilo? Click here to find out!Downtown Hilo map courtesy of Odyssey Publishing.
- Store HoursMonday thru Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
- Contact InformationPhone: (808) 961-0144
Fax: (808) 935-1553
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