Travel to Hawaii and make a vacation out of book hunting

Hawaii offers a variety of secondhand stores on each island, selling a range of books on Hawaiian subjects to international issues and more. Bibliophiles who take a trip to Hawaii will find that an adventure of bookstores awaits him. Take a virtual tour by reading about some of the locals’ favorites here. On Maui, the Friends of the Library store is probably the island’s best kept secret—every book is only 10 cents. Their website offers directions to the store, open Saturdays and Tuesdays only, so any book hunting vacation should be planned accordingly.
Native Books Na Mea on Oahu in Ward Warehouse features Hawaiiana gifts galore, and plenty of books. There’s also Bill’s Bookmobile, a ‘bookstore on wheels’ though it can be found in the same location at 690 Pohukaina St., Honolulu. Vacationing bibliophiles looking for Japan-style book shopping should stop at BookOff, with locations at Ala Moana Shopping Center and Pearlridge Shopping Center. BookOff buys and sells a bit of everything and specialize in manga, or Japanese graphic novels. On the Big Island, Basically Books is a local favorite in Hilo. They specialize in Hawaii related reads, including history, fiction, travel guides and children’s books. In Kona, Hawaii’s biggest used bookstore boasts a huge selection of CDs and DVDs as well. What if you don’t want to carry a lot of books back in your luggage on the airlines? You might sell back the books you bought before flying home. But another way to make the most of Hawaii’s book selelction is to purchase a ‘Non-Resident’ library card. The fee is minimal ($10 for 3 months or $25 for 5 years) and the access almost unlimited—there are over 50 public libraries in the State of Hawaii. Register for a Hawaii library card, tour the island’s media archives and turn your vacation into a book hunter’s paradise.

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