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

Kailua-Kona Public Library’s Teen Section is featuring a music performance by advanced ‘ukulele students from Big Island Music Academy! This free program is part of the library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program taking place from June 2-July 14. Come and enjoy a variety of pop, jazz and Hawaiian ‘ukulele tunes. All ages are welcome and children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Visit us early and we’ll show you how to easily sign up for the Summer Reading Program for the pleasure of reading and for a chance to win prizes! For more information, please call the library at 327-4327.

This program is sponsored 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.

Storyteller Vicky Dworkin

Celebrate the 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Storyteller Vicky Dworkin will share multicultural folktales from around the world featuring stones, rocks, caves, jewels, and mountains. Vicky is a retired children’s librarian at the Hawaii State Library and is a long time storyteller.

This 45-minute program is suitable for ages 4 & older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and the 2018 Summer Reading Sponsors. This is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding and support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii.

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.

 

Libraries Rock slogan

This summer, celebrate the myriad ways that libraries rock! Join us for a series of events during our 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Toddlers and preschoolers (children ages 2-5 years old) are invited to celebrate music with Miss Mary of Junior Music Academy! Children will have the opportunity to sing, dance, and play with musical instruments. Each child will take home a small book to sing along to!

This program is limited to the first 20 participants. Paper tickets will be given out in the Children’s Section by Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the program (9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.). Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to children within the appropriate age-range.

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

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

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.  We’ll be taking a break during the summer and resuming our travel discussions in September.

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.

Brian Nakasone and Kathy Fraser are songwriters who believe in creating music with substance.  Brian’s “Sunrise on Mauna Kea” was featured in the documentary The Hawaiian Horse Whisperer filmed on the Big Island. Both musicians perform regularly in the community on slack/slap key guitar and cello, as well as with other artists.  Together, their music has been described as heartfelt and emotionally engaging.  This performance 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.

Libraries Rock slogan

This summer, celebrate the myriad ways that libraries rock! Join us for a series of events during our 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to compete in the Kailua-Kona Public Library’s Musical Olympics! Children will be divided into teams and earn points playing musical games, such as: Limbo, Musical Chairs, and Name That Tune! Teams will be awarded small prizes based on their final team ranking.

This program is limited to the first 20 participants. Paper tickets will be given out in the Children’s Section by Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the program (2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to students within the appropriate age-range.

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

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.

 

 

Libraries Rock slogan

This summer, celebrate the myriad ways that libraries rock! Join us for a series of events during our 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to learn a hula with Kupuna Ford and her ‘ohana of musicians and hula dancers. Participants will learn to hula and sing the mele (song), and will also learn the significance of the hula in Hawaiian culture.

This program is limited to the first 20 participants. Paper tickets will be given out in the Children’s Section by Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the program (9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.). Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to students within the appropriate age-range.

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

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.

 

 

Family Movie Night

This summer, celebrate the myriad ways that libraries rock! Join us for a series of events during our 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade along with their ‘ohana are invited to join us for a family movie night featuring the film, Sing (MPAA rating PG)! Get comfy on our carpet floor and sing along with the movie!

Light refreshments will be provided until supplies run out. Participants are welcome to bring pillows, dry snacks, as well as personal beverages in closed containers. If you have any questions about movie snack appropriateness, please inquire with Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian.

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

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.

 

 

The Seed Sisters of the Community Seed Library (CSL) have been meeting for more than a year ordering and packaging free seeds for the community. They will be sharing their experiences growing plants from the CSL and using the resulting herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit in a variety of ways. They’ll discuss saving seeds and returning them to the CSL cabinet. And, they’ll share samples of their plants along with stories about their use as well as recipes from their kitchens.

The Community Seed Library is sponsored 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.

Kanikapila!  Join us for an evening of Hawaiian ukulele favorites.  Bring your ukulele and sing along with Uncle Bobo Nudician and friends.  This musical event is another program in our 2018 Summer Reading Program known as LIBRARIES ROCK!  This performance 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.

Libraries Rock slogan

This summer, celebrate the myriad ways that libraries rock! Join us for a series of events during our 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to explore how music influences our creativity. How does music influence our creativity, and how does this influence translate to the canvas? Participants will be given art supplies to create a poster while listening to a select playlist of age-appropriate songs.

This program is limited to the first 20 participants. Paper tickets will be given out in the Children’s Section by Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the program (2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to students within the appropriate age-range.

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

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.

 

 

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

This summer, celebrate the myriad ways that libraries rock! Join us for a series of events during our 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and their ‘ohana are invited to join us for a Hip-Hop show with Mr. Kneel!

Mr. Kneel is an entertainer and educator who brings his fun, yet powerful message of self-respect to children and families with amazing talent and passion. A former inner-city teacher, Mr. Kneel now teaches with Hip-Hop music, beat-boxing, and interactive games.

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

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.

 

 

The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is a 175 mile trail corridor of ancient and historic coastal routes; reconnecting our traditional ahupuaʻa to unite local communities around common goals to preserve Hawaiʻi’s vast cultural and ecological landscape. Working together communities and descendants are guided by Hawaiian values, traditions, and perspectives.  Come and learn about the trail ʻohana and upcoming hikes led by the Ala Kahakai Trail Association!

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.

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.

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.

We will have a special story time guest: Mr. Kneel!

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.

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.

We will have a special story time guest: children’s book author Lori Richmond! Ms. Richmond will do a reading of her beloved book, ‘Bunny’s Staycation’. She will also treat our story time participants to a drawing demonstration and provide a special activity!

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