Kailua-Kona Public Library

Address

75-138 Hualalai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States
808-327-4327

About

Welcome to the Kailua-Kona Public Library! Designed by architect George Iwasaki, our library opened on a leap day – Feb. 29, 1992. It is the second largest and second busiest library on Hawaii Island. We have a drive-through bookdrop and won an exemplary architectural design award from the Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

Upcoming Events

Nene Award Seal

Children in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades are invited to participate in the Nēnē Readers Challenge at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

Read and review Nēnē Award-nominated books to earn a chance at winning wonderful prizes!

  • Read & review 5 nominees: earn a ticket to the Voting Party & a F.O.L.K. book sale gift certificate!
  • Read & review 10 nominees: earn a ticket into a grand prize drawing for a $50 Kona Stories gift certificate!
  • Vote for your favorite nominee: if your nominee wins the 2019 Nēnē Award, you’ll win a personal paperback copy!

The challenge begins August 1, 2018! Talk to Ms. Jen the Kids Librarian to learn more!

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Teen book display

Teens, help us create a new Teen Picks book recommendation display, and let other teens know about books you enjoyed reading! Write your recommendation about a book from Kailua-Kona Public Library that you are reading now. Your submitted book recommendation form is your entry in the drawing to win a $25 Regal Theater gift card! The forms are available in the Young Adult section of the library. This program runs from February 1-28, 2019, and only teens in grades 6-12 may participate. For details and rules, please drop by the library to pick up a book recommendation form.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

NewsGuard logo

NewsGuard was launched in March 2018 by veteran journalists Steve Brill and Gordon Crovitz to tackle misinformation online. As tech companies and platforms relied on algorithms and artificial intelligence to try to address the problem, the two saw the need for human intelligence to be part of the solution. NewsGuard employs experienced journalists who review the top news and information websites using nine criteria for credibility and transparency.

As of December 2018,  the Hawai’i State Public Library system has teamed up with NewsGuard to spread news literacy to library patrons statewide. With its free browser extension, NewsGuard displays its ratings next to links on search engines and social media feeds. By installing the extension onto hundreds of computers at its 51 branches, the library is giving patrons more context for the news they encounter online and helping them build critical news literacy skills.

Join public librarian Jennifer Young at a NewsGuard informational session at the Kailua-Kona Public Library to learn more about this innovative information resource. There are two sessions, featuring the same content, scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 19 at 12:30 PM (30 minutes)
  • Saturday, February 23 at 2 PM (30 minutes)

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Woman reading to infant

The ‘Play With Me’ series is a 5-week parent-and-child interactive playgroup designed for infants and toddlers. Each session is an hour long, with infant-toddler specialists there to support and guide parents as they engage in activities designed for this age group.

All workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The workshop topics are modeled after The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University:

  • February 13: Maximize Love, Manage Stress
  • February 20: Talk, Sing, and Point
  • February 27: Count, Group, and Compare
  • March 6: Explore Through Movement and Play
  • March 13: Read and Discuss Stories

This program is brought to families at no charge through a partnership between the Kailua-Kona Public Library and the Kona Family Literacy and Interaction Program.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

It's story time

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Books

Our monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

NewsGuard logo

NewsGuard was launched in March 2018 by veteran journalists Steve Brill and Gordon Crovitz to tackle misinformation online. As tech companies and platforms relied on algorithms and artificial intelligence to try to address the problem, the two saw the need for human intelligence to be part of the solution. NewsGuard employs experienced journalists who review the top news and information websites using nine criteria for credibility and transparency.

As of December 2018,  the Hawai’i State Public Library system has teamed up with NewsGuard to spread news literacy to library patrons statewide. With its free browser extension, NewsGuard displays its ratings next to links on search engines and social media feeds. By installing the extension onto hundreds of computers at its 51 branches, the library is giving patrons more context for the news they encounter online and helping them build critical news literacy skills.

Join public librarian Jennifer Young at a NewsGuard informational session at the Kailua-Kona Public Library to learn more about this innovative information resource.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

theatre masks black and white

“Omigod you guys!” Check out this free sneak preview of Legally Blonde The Musical Jr., and learn the dance moves from the Aloha Teen Theatre cast members! Legally Blonde was a 2001 film about Elle Woods, a sorority president who chases after ex-boyfriend, Warner, to Harvard University to prove she is worthy of his love. Along her journey, she finds true love, individuality, new friends, and what she really wants. This program is appropriate for teens in grades 6-12.

Aloha Teen Theatre (ATT) is the longest running teen theatre program on Hawai’i Island! ATT encourages teen leadership through theatre education, community projects, and public performance opportunities.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Woman reading to infant

The ‘Play With Me’ series is a 5-week parent-and-child interactive playgroup designed for infants and toddlers. Each session is an hour long, with infant-toddler specialists there to support and guide parents as they engage in activities designed for this age group.

All workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The workshop topics are modeled after The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University:

  • February 13: Maximize Love, Manage Stress
  • February 20: Talk, Sing, and Point
  • February 27: Count, Group, and Compare
  • March 6: Explore Through Movement and Play
  • March 13: Read and Discuss Stories

This program is brought to families at no charge through a partnership between the Kailua-Kona Public Library and the Kona Family Literacy and Interaction Program.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

flowering vibrant orchid plant

The Community Seed Library (CSL) is hosting a free workshop on Caring for Orchids. The program will be presented by Phoenicia Zeller who is a member of Orchid Growers of Hawai’i and has grown orchids successfully for many years. She knows all the tricks for helping your orchids thrive. She and her husband Bob own Pele’s Island Plants in Ocean View, selling both orchids and succulents.

Phoenicia will talk about the different species of orchids to help you choose ones that will grow well in your location, and that will fit easily into your landscape. The workshop will focus on ways to keep your plants healthy so they can resist insects and diseases, and ways to treat problems if they occur. Phoenicia will demonstrate how to care for your orchids so that they will be happy and offer happiness to you. Bring an ailing orchid plant, if you want suggestions for care. Phoenicia will have samples of her own potted orchids to share.

The CSL is generously supported by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

origami orchids

Learn the art of origami and create your own orchid in this free class taught by Carol Zakahi, member of the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club.  All materials will be provided. This program is made available through a generous grant from the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Woman reading to infant

The ‘Play With Me’ series is a 5-week parent-and-child interactive playgroup designed for infants and toddlers. Each session is an hour long, with infant-toddler specialists there to support and guide parents as they engage in activities designed for this age group.

All workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The workshop topics are modeled after The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University:

  • February 13: Maximize Love, Manage Stress
  • February 20: Talk, Sing, and Point
  • February 27: Count, Group, and Compare
  • March 6: Explore Through Movement and Play
  • March 13: Read and Discuss Stories

This program is brought to families at no charge through a partnership between the Kailua-Kona Public Library and the Kona Family Literacy and Interaction Program.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Hand moving a game piece in a board game.

All families are invited to the Kailua-Kona Public Library for a fun-filled Family Board Game Night!

Take a break from your devices and screens: spend time together playing a classic board game, or learn how to play a new game. We are offering 14 board games covering a wide range of strategies, goals, and adventures for all ages and abilities.

Want more play time? You may also check out these games with your valid HSPLS library card for more fun at home!

Currently available games:

  • Candy Land
  • Catan
  • Chess
  • Connect 4
  • 5-Second Rule
  • Googly Eyes Game
  • Melissa & Doug Suspend
  • Pandemic
  • Scrabble
  • Scrabble Jr.
  • Sequence
  • Spot It
  • Timber Tower Color Matching Playset
  • Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It Board Game

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Woman reading to infant

The ‘Play With Me’ series is a 5-week parent-and-child interactive playgroup designed for infants and toddlers. Each session is an hour long, with infant-toddler specialists there to support and guide parents as they engage in activities designed for this age group.

All workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The workshop topics are modeled after The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University:

  • February 13: Maximize Love, Manage Stress
  • February 20: Talk, Sing, and Point
  • February 27: Count, Group, and Compare
  • March 6: Explore Through Movement and Play
  • March 13: Read and Discuss Stories

This program is brought to families at no charge through a partnership between the Kailua-Kona Public Library and the Kona Family Literacy and Interaction Program.

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

stained wood blocks

Limited to 8 participants, this free two-day teen art program, inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, explores how shadow and light create images that delight the senses. On March 16, create a design on paper, shade the drawing using soft pencils, then transfer the image onto a block of wood. On March 23, apply stain to the wood block and use special tools to “smudge” the stain, creating an allure of shadows. Teens in grades 6-12 of all abilities and levels of interest are welcome to reserve a place for this two-day event by calling the library!

The class will be taught by Lynnie Roberts who is presently a Teaching Artist with the Society for Kona’s Education and Art. SKEA “serves the Hawai’i Island community by providing arts and educational opportunities through programs, projects, and events that contribute to a vibrant community.”

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

stained wood blocks

Limited to 8 participants, this free two-day teen art program, inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, explores how shadow and light create images that delight the senses. On March 16, create a design on paper, shade the drawing using soft pencils, then transfer the image onto a block of wood. On March 23, apply stain to the wood block and use special tools to “smudge” the stain, creating an allure of shadows. Teens in grades 6-12 of all abilities and levels of interest are welcome to reserve a place for this two-day event by calling the library!

The class will be taught by Lynnie Roberts who is presently a Teaching Artist with the Society for Kona’s Education and Art. SKEA “serves the Hawai’i Island community by providing arts and educational opportunities through programs, projects, and events that contribute to a vibrant community.”

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Books

Our monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED – CLOSED
Tuesday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 23
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 20
Magazines 38
Newspapers 5
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes