Independent Hilo Bookstore since 1985

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. For over 33 years 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.

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.


Basically Books is partnered with Petroglyph Press. The fax, copy, and scanning services that you’ve always enjoyed have been integrated into Basically Books.

Visit Petroglyph Press’ website for more information on commercial printing and publishing.

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