Okay, so you love Borders. And with 20,000 square feet of books, music, videos and yoga mats, it’s easy to see why. Of course, there are other bookstores on island with that quaint, intellectual and, well, more bookish appeal, but Borders has size and selection on its side. The Maui mothership for all Borders outlets is in Kahului with over 200,000 book titles, 1,500 magazine titles, newspapers and buckets of DVDs. And the general manager, William Nakamura, who has been with the store almost since it opened eight years ago, has succeeded valiantly in trying to incorporate community events, live local music and book signings on a weekly basis. So, you know, even for a corporate bookstore, that’s pretty cool stuff. 270 Dairy Rd., Kahului, 877-6160.
runner-up: old lahaina book emporium. 834 front st., lahaina, 661-1399. (sc)