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.
Here is our lineup for this week!
Monday, April 6, 1:30 pm
BY WILLIAM CHILLINGWORTH
Photographer William Chillingworth presents his stunning photos along with essays by several contributors in 'Io Lani, The Hawaiian Hawk. This magnificent bird was once the symbol of Hawaiian royalty but is now a threatened species and found only on the island of Hawai'i.
Wednesday, April 8, 12 noon
KUNEWA MOOK DEBUT CD
Kumu Hula Kunewa Mook of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela will be sharing selections from his debut CD, Kunewa, 'Oia Ka Manawa. Come listen to these classic mele and meet one of Hawaii's most renowned hula masters.
Thursday, April 9, 11 am
'IWA, THE HAWAIIAN LEGEND
BY DIETRICH VAREZ
Meet renowned Volcano artist Dietrich Varez as he unveils his latest book, Iwa, The Hawaiian Legend, published by Petroglyph Press. It tells the story of a magical cowry shell octopus lure; the fisherman, Kea'au; the stealthy boy-thief, Iwa; and the famous high chief, Umi.
Friday, April 10, 2 pm
KAWIKA ALFICHE & OHANA
Originally from Hilo, now a Bay Area resident, Kumu Hula and musician Kawika Alfiche will share Hawaiian standards and original compositions featuring songs written for his Kumu, the late Rae Fonseca.
Saturday, April 11, 9:30 am
WAIPUNA PLAYS at BASICALLY BOOKS
Enjoy the talented members of Waipuna - Kale Hannahs, Matthew Sproat and David Kamakahi as they entertain us with their versatility, range and charm. As musicians with deep roots in the most renowned musical families in Hawaii, they pass forward beloved mele.
Saturday, April 11, 1:30 pm
LIBERATING THE NATION
BY KAMANA BEAMER
In his exhaustively researched, carefully written and powerfully argued study, No Makou Ka Mana, Kamanamaikalani Beamer offers a new point of reference for understanding the formation of the Hawaiian government by combining old traditions and new ideas introduced by foreigners.
Fax: (808) 935-1553
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!
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- 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 Hours
Monday thru Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm
- Contact InformationPhone: (808) 961-0144
Fax: (808) 935-1553