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Kailua-Kona Public Library

Address


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

Lava flowing into ocean

Katryn Wiese, Professor of Geology and Oceanography, City College of San Francisco, will discuss a variety of elements of Kilauean eruptions such as sources, patterns, history, hazards, environmental impacts, and current eruption locations.  Katryn Wiese has conducted research on ocean island volcanism in Hawaii, Iceland, and a variety of locations along mid-ocean ridges in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.  Her 45 minute presentation will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

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.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth's Home performance

Honolulu Theatre for Youth has created a new performance that explores the value of a shelter. What is a home? What happens when you do not have one? Two charming characters wrestle to create their own homes, until they come to realize that one of the great joys of having a home is sharing it.

This 30-minute performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii and is suitable for ages 3 to 5. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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.

Kailua-Kona Public Library is hosting a cosplay competition for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6! Join us for this family fun event in the Young Adult Section of the library. Cosplay competition is open to 4th – 12th graders. Your cosplay can be from any source and original characters are welcome. Two winners will each get one $25 Regal Movie Theater gift card! Registration is from 10:00-10:30am and the competition runs from 10:30-11:00am. The audience will also participate in choosing the winners! The cosplay competition is generously supported by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). For more information, please call the library at 327-4327.

For Free Comic Book Day, all ages are welcome to come into the library from 9am-5pm and receive two free comic books while supplies last.

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.

Books

The sixth meeting of this travel conversation club will cover new travel books at the library, useful travel internet sites, reports on where we have been, upcoming 2017 Travel Plans and, as always, travel questions and answers.  Enjoy friendly conversation with other travelers and share 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.

Guitar

Keikilani and Leokani Lindsey are lovers of most every musical genre, and they celebrate their love of ohana and culture by continuing to holo mua in their unique interpretations of classic compositions, new original mele and traditional Hawaiian favorites.  In their deep affection for olelo Hawai`i, Mele`uhane lends a new spin to haku mele and joins a new generation of Hawaiian storytellers endeavoring to explore the many untold tales of the heart…and rendering a song for each emotion.

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.

The Community Seed Library (CSL), sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK), presents “Being Forest Friendly” with Norman Bezona on Saturday, May 20, 10:00am to 11:00am at Kailua-Kona Public Library. Join us for an informative presentation about the cloud forest and the plants that grow within it. Learn about the Hawai’i Island Land Trust and the importance of forests to the Hawaiian ecosystem. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Norman will also offer suggestions for ways we can become more forest friendly and support efforts to maintain local woodlands.

Norman Bezona is a retired UH Cooperative Extension Agent with 30+ years of experience in the landscape and horticulture industry in Kona. He has lived in Kaloko Mauka for almost 40 years and has maintained, with his family, a 75-acre property at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Together they have been preserving native and other interesting species that grow in the cloud forest. Norman has conducted botanical and educational tours of his Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary  since 1980 for tourists as well as locals. You can learn more about the sanctuary at: http://www.konacloudforest.com

If you have questions about the CSL or this presentation, please contact Kailua-Kona Public Library at 327-4327. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. The program schedule is subject to change.

Astronomy Galaxy

Dr. Carlos Alvarez of the W. M. Keck Observatory will explain how 4.5 billion years ago, a planet was forming between Mars and Jupiter. The force of Jupiter’s gravity, however, crushed this proto-planet into a wide band of millions of small rocky objects called asteroids.  These asteroids bombarded the Earth and as they were destroyed on impact they left water and organic molecules on Earth.  Dr. Alvarez will explain how state-of-the-art astronomical facilities on Mauna Kea are being used to study the chemical composition of asteroids that are likely to be the source of the water in our oceans and the origin of life on Earth.

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.

 

 

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