More than a Bookstore, a Gathering of Things Hawaiian
E Komo Mai! Welcome to Basically Books, an independent bookstore in Downtown Hilo
Located on the Bayfront, Basically Books has been serving the island community for 30 years! We offer a wide selection of books, maps, music, and gifts for any occasion. A family-owned, independent bookstore in historic downtown Hilo, Basically Books is a gathering place for all things Hawaiian, and for community events that help enrich our lives.
We specialize in books about Hawaii both current and classic. Our selection includes history, mythology, fiction, travel guides, natural history, marine science, children’s books, language, ‘Olelo Hawaii, and much more. We also specialize in rare and out of print Hawaiiana books—we may have that hard-to-find book you’re looking for! Looking for an easy read on the beach? A dense anthropology text to sink your teeth in? A book to read to your grandchildren? You can find all of those, and anything in between, at Basically Books. Can’t find what you’re looking for? We are happy to special order!
Looking for road map of the islands, or a topographic map for hunting or hiking? Come see us! Basically Books is the largest map dealer on the Big Island. On vacation, or planning a trip? We have guidebooks for all the Hawaiian islands, and for many other destinations around the country and the world! You can also find a selection of world maps and nautical charts. Visit our Maps page for more information!
We have the largest selection of Hawaiian music on the island; the newest CDs by your favorite artists, and many of the old classics. Ask our knowledgeable staff for recommendations! Looking for the Merrie Monarch DVDs or one with the island’s beautiful landscapes? Informational DVDs or Hula How-To’s? We have them all!
Gifts for the Keiki? No problem! Gifts, toys and books for any age. A large selection of stuffed animals will delight children of any age, from newborn to kupuna at the end of their first century. Science kits and educational toys and games help your keiki develop into engaged learners and global citizens. We carry a large selection of Hawaiiana gifts, many of which are made right here on the island