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

pumpkins

The Kailua-Kona Public Library is hosting a book character pumpkin decorating contest! Contest divisions include:

  • Children’s Divisions (Two divisions: K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade)
  • Teen Divisions (Two divisions: 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade)

Stop by the Children’s Section and/or the Teen Section beginning Tuesday, October 3rd through Wednesday, October 25th to pick up a contest rules/entry form.

Entries may be dropped off at the library during library hours only from Thursday, October 19th through Wednesday, October 25th.

Public and staff voting will take place Thursday, October 26th through Tuesday, October 31st during library hours.

Winners will win prizes (see contest rules/entry form for information on prizes) and will be notified on Wednesday, November 1st.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

Teen Bookface Exhibit

Snap an appropriate photo with an image from any book or magazine over your face (and your friend’s face too!) to create a new image. If you want, you can edit it with a filter, or some cropping, then email it to: konabookface@librarieshawaii.org. Library staff will be posting everyone’s photos around the library to exhibit our community’s creativity. Anyone can submit, and we are hoping for the biggest turnout from our teens. If you don’t have a camera, library staff can easily take the photo for you! Let’s see what you can come up with!

 

Books

What’s new in the travel book section? New and favorite travel books.  Useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, 2017 travel questions and highly overrated destinations are all part of our discussions in this monthly club for globe-trotters and armchair travelers.  Enjoy friendly conversation and sharing good ideas at the next meeting.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Discover the secrets to longevity.  Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier in Hawaii.  To reach that goal, we’ll help residents make small changes so we can all enjoy longer, happier, and healthier lives.  Join Kirstin Kahaloa as she shares information about the Blue Zones Project in West Hawaii.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

We invite you to join us for the Community Seed Library’s 2nd anniversary celebration! The first hour of this free event will feature guest speakers Nancy Redfeather, Jill Wagner, and Diana Duff who will present seed saving information. Learn why and how to save seeds from your favorite plants and the best way to test seeds before planting. The second hour will be a seed exchange on the library’s lanai. Bring your seeds or cuttings to exchange with other growers. Please no plants in soil or any with diseases or insects. It is helpful if you can package and label seeds and give basic growing information. Locally made celebratory treats will also be available! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.). Photo courtesy of Nancy Redfeather.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Halloween DIY shirt

Transform your wardrobe! Bring a colored t-shirt (old or new) with a blank front or back to the library, and redecorate it using a bleach and water solution. Stencils to craft Halloween designs will be available.

This one-hour program is suitable for ages 5 and up, and is limited to the first 20 patrons. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

RSVP online for this event by selecting the RSVP function. Reservation period will open on Saturday, October 14 and will close on Friday, October 27 while availability lasts. Please call the library (808-327-4327) or visit the library if reservation assistance is needed.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations.

preschool storytime

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Cartoon image of Mr. Kneel and friends

Join us at the library for a free show in which “Mr. Kneel” (Neil McIntyre) shares his love for reading through beatbox and rhyme! Mr. Kneel is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop emcee, beatboxer, and goofball. He uses his talents as Mr. Kneel to encourage & uplift  children of all ages. Neil creates inspired original Hip-Hop music that assist educators & parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

Mr. Kneel’s CDs, posters, and stickers will be available for sale (cash & checks only, please). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations.

preschool storytime

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

two heads talking

Healthy relationships take work, and most of us did not learn these skills at home or in school.  Just like reading and math, anyone can learn communication and connection skills.  Join us for a deep dive into key skills and practices that will improve connection, trust, and cooperation with your spouse/partner, children, friends, and colleagues.  You’ll learn specific skills to practice with your important people and a handout guide for effective listening.  Andrea Pro is a certified nonviolent communication coach and trainer who loves to work with individuals who are ready to get unstuck from relationship pain and conflict and to move towards healthier, mutually-fulfilling relationships characterized by deepening authenticity, emotional safety, intimacy, and trust.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

preschool storytime

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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