Best Bookstore, Winner Borders Books & Music Address: 270 Dairy Rd., Ste. 190, Kahului, HI 96732 Phone: 808-877-6160 Website: http://www.borders.com On an island like Maui you can't just waltz in from the Mainland with a big, fancy attitude and expect everyone to love you. It takes time to win over the Maui crowd, and Borders has definitely punched that clock. Besides the super-stocked Kahului store with a huge inventory of books and music there's several smaller satellite stores around the island that carry pretty much anything you need or can order it in for you, pronto. Plus there's the cool "rewards" card that gives a kama'aina discount to everyone.
Best Bookstore, Winner Borders Books & Music Address: 270 Dairy Rd., Ste. 190, Kahului, HI 96732 Phone: 808-877-6160 Website: http://www.borders.com Even though Maui has been giving Borders love for two years in our Best of Maui edition, itís not immune to the economic downturn. The mega-bookstore that carries thousands of books and music in a comfortable and convenient package is one satellite store short this year. The closing of Borderís at Whalerís Village in West Maui was a disappointment; especially when seeking out their sections solely dedicated to all things Hawaiian and Maui-centric. Yet there is a silver lining. The Best Bookstore winner still has its Borders Express stores open in Kihei and the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului, as well as the larger versionójust Bordersóon Dairy Rd. in Kahului. Islandwide. HN
Watching Borders' liquidation was like watching the carcass of a fallen beast being picked clean by vultures. Even if youíre King of the Kindle, if the sight didn't incite a twinge of sadness, you've got a hardcover heart. A la Ambrose Bierce, Mauians have eulogized Borders with "doleful voice(s), mingled with the sobbing which it was its purpose to stimulate and sustain, r(ising) and f(alling) ... like the sound of the sullen sea." On Twitter, @mauilibrarian2 said "[Itís] sad because [we've lost] a vibrant PLACE that serves as a barometer of who we are and what we value." Too true. Because Borders was more than just a place for book-buying (or not, as the company's bankruptcy bespeaks) -- it was a place to congregate and commiserate, to explore and expend. As this BOM award demonstrates, Maui misses dear ol' Dairy Rd. Borders -- maybe even more than it misses us.