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

A bunch of children's books

This February, fall in love with reading children’s books at the Kailua-Kona Public Library!

RULES

The 2018 Children’s Reading BINGO Challenge begins February 1 and ends February 28, 2018. It is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade only.

Pick up an official BINGO card in the Children’s Section. Read a complete row of four books (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) for a chance to win a prize! Only completed BINGO cards including contact information and book information will be considered for the prize drawing.

Completed BINGO cards must be returned to the Children’s Section at the Kailua-Kona Public Library by Saturday, March 3, 2018 to enter the prize drawing.

PRIZES 

One winner will be randomly selected from each division:

-Division 1: Kindergarten – 2nd grade

-Division 2: 3rd grade – 5th grade

Each winner will receive a Kona Stories gift certificate:

-Division 1 Winner: $25.00

-Division 2 Winner: $30.00

Prize winners will be contacted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Happy Reading! 

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. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

Visit the Young Adult Section at Kailua-Kona Public Library during the month of February. Browse the covers of the wrapped books on the Blind Date with a Book shelving cart, and choose one that appeals to you. A Blind Date book may be unwrapped only after you borrow it. Like going on a blind date, you won’t know much about your “new partner,” except for a short quote from the book on the front cover. Take a chance and read something outside your “genre comfort-zone!” Each wrapped book has a book review form inside. After reading the book, complete the book review form and turn it in by Feb. 28 to enter to win a $25. Regal Theater gift card! See rules on the shelving cart for more details. Enjoy your blind dates!

Recommended for teens in Grades 6 to 12.

This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, 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.

Cartoon image of Mr. Kneel and friends

Mr. Kneel is an entertainer and educator who brings his fun, yet powerful message of self-respect to students and families with amazing talent and passion. A former inner-city teacher, his program focuses on building the self-respect of students to empower them to build confidence to make music with no instruments or financial investment! Learning how to beatbox and create sounds can help children to realize that with hard work, they can accomplish anything. Join us for the last of a series of beatbox workshops for ages 5 and up!

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

This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

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

Enhance your Hawaiian Language skills

Maile Melrose, President of the Friends of Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, presents the life of Amy B. H. Greenwell, founder of Kona’s beautiful and beloved Hawaiian Garden.  Get to know the history behind the name and get an update on the current garden situation.

 

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.

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.

Please join us for a special Community Seed Library program! Jill Wagner has a long history working with plants here in Hawai’i, especially native species. Her Nursery has been growing and selling forest trees for many years, and today she is also the director of the Hawai’i Island Seed Bank. She is definitely one of the go-to experts on seed saving in our local community. Jill’s presentation will focus on:

  • Choosing plants for seed saving
  • When and how to harvest seeds
  • How to store seeds
  • How to grow more seeds

Don’t forget to check out our seed catalog when you come to the program!

The CSL is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 15 days in advance to request a sign-language interpreter of if special accommodations are needed.

Showcasing the vibrancy of traditional Chinese theatre, these delightfully contrasting plays celebrate the chou -or comic- character, an irrepressible force of comedy who continually reveals the laughter in life.  Filled with convoluted acrobatic contortions, mistaken identities, adorable lovers, and exhilarating battles, this celebration of  “the clown” will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Known as Xiqu (pronounced like ‘she chew’) in Mandarin Chinese, it encompasses over 300 separate forms of theatre, each native to a particular part of the country and based in the language and music of its home region.  Xiqu performers are among the most diversely and highly skilled performing artists on the planet, rigorously trained in song, speech, acting, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts, and able to perform these skills in combination with one another.  This troupe is studying at University of Hawaii, Manoa’s Asian Theatre program.

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.

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.

Nene Award Seal

It’s that time again! Nēnē Readers in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade who have read and reviewed at least five Nēnē Award-nominated titles are invited to attend our annual Voting Party. Join us for voting, awards, snacks, nominations, and prize drawings!

General voting open to all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will take place from March 1 to March 13. Voting ballots and a ballot box will be available in the Children’s Section next to the Nēnē nominees.

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

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

Join us at the Kailua-Kona Public Library for a Tech & Talk @ your library® program! Are you interested in learning more about how to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library? Come join us this month to talk about one of our digital vendors Overdrive and their new app Libby. We will take a look at how Libby is different than Overdrive, how to login, and how to checkout books to start reading!

This program is suitable for beginners with basic computer skills.

Contact the hosting library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

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.

Neil McIntyre wearing a black t-shirt & large red hat

Come to Mr. Kneel’s Hip-Hop Workshop, and join us in the music-making fun! We are starting a children-lead Hip-Hop Club in Kona called, “The Miraculous Goblin Browsers”! We need singers, dancers, rappers, beat-boxers and participants who are willing to engage and learn!

Our group goals are to make great age-appropriate music for kids and families to enjoy together. The Miraculous Goblin Browsers Need You!

This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

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

Join us at the Kailua-Kona Public Library for a Tech & Talk @ your library® program! Are you interested in learning more about how to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library? Come join us this month to talk about one of our digital vendors Overdrive and their new app Libby. We will take a look at how Libby is different than Overdrive, how to login, and how to checkout books to start reading!

This program is suitable for beginners with basic computer skills.

Contact the hosting library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

female scientist clipart

In honor of Women’s History Month, learn about women scientists in NASA, Hawaiian plants, and DNA with women scientists!

HCC Pālamanui educators Dr. Hall, Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Namba, and NASA Solar System Ambassador Mrs. Tashima will lead the scientific exploration, providing children with information, giveaways, and hands-on activities.

This program is suitable for ages 7 and up, and is limited to the first 20 children and their adult caregivers. 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 March 9,  and will close on March 22 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.

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

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, 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.

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, 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.

Books

What’s new in the travel section?  New and favorite travel books,  useful internet sites, where we’ve been and where we’re going, travel tips, and travel questions answered, 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.

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