Hawaii State Library

Address

478 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States
808-586-3500

About

Welcome to the Hawaii State Library, the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System! With financial assistance from Andrew Carnegie, the present location was acquired and the existing building was built and opened on Feb. 1, 1913. We have a variety of special features, most notably our Hawaii & Pacific Section, the Edna Allyn Room Children’s collection, and also the Federal Documents Section, which has been a Selective Federal Depository Library since 1929. We are located in the historic capitol district of Honolulu, next door to the only Royal Palace in the United States.

Upcoming Events

Lego City Build

Help create a Lego® City at this free event with Play-Well TEKnologies. The Lego® building sessions will be held at the Hawaii State Library on Oahu from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees will be able to participate in a 30-minute playtime to build their favorite Hawaii landmark with Lego® pieces. This event is suitable for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED!

Space is limited for each 30-minute building session. Interested participants should register for only one (1) of the following time slots.

Please select a Lego® playtime:

10:00 – 10:30 A.M.
10:30 – 11:00 A.M.
11:00 – 11:30 A.M.
11:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
12:00 – 12:30 P.M.
12:30 – 1:00 P.M.

Activity and Lego® materials are presented by:

Program schedules are subject to change. Call 831-6878 at least 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

For a schedule of activities and events at the June 3rd Summer Reading Program Kick-off Day, click here.

For information on the Summer Reading Program, click here.

 

 

Eyes of Hawaii photographs

The Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club will showcase a variety of photographs in its eleventh annual exhibit at the Hawaii State Library, May 5th-25th, 2017.

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Front Lobby at the entrance to the State Library. The exhibit is suitable for all ages, and may be viewed during normal library hours.

Stephanie Han

Join us in the First Floor Reading Room as award-winning local writer Stephanie Han reads selections from her new book Swimming in Hong Kong, a collection of short stories portraying the cross-cultural experiences of Asian Americans in China, Korea, and the United States.

Stephanie Han has won awards from the Nimrod International Literary Journal and the Santa Fe Writer’s Project. Swimming in Hong Kong was a finalist for the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction as well as the Spokane Prize. Han is City University of Hong Kong’s first English literature PhD and currently lives in Honolulu, home of her family since 1904.

This one-hour program is recommended for ages 12 and older. Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from St. Andrew’s Priory as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Author Katherine Nichols and her book Deep Water

Author Katherine Nichols will provide a reading and brief background of her book DEEP WATER, a novel about Coronado’s infamous group of teen drug smugglers in the 1970s through the early 1980s. The program will conclude with a question and answer session. Katherine Nichols is a former teacher and longtime journalist who has contributed to numerous publications, including the magazines for The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. This one-hour program is suitable for ages 12 and older.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the Library’s at 586-3490 at least 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Summer Reading Program Kick-off Day

Help kick-off the Summer Reading Program! This free three-hour event will be held at the Hawaii State Library on Oahu on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Starting May 23, you can pre-register online for the Summer Reading Program at this library or at the event.

ENJOY YOUR DAY WITH FUN ACTIVITIES & EVENTS!

Summer Reading Program Kick-off Day at Hawaii State LibraryLEGO® BUILD HAWAII (10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

Children ages 5 and older can help create a Lego® city with Play-Well TEKnologies. Participants will have 30-minutes to use Lego® pieces and build their favorite Hawaii landmark. Six Lego® building sessions will be available. The event will be held in the Library’s main lobby.

REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED.
TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

ROBOTICS ACTIVITIES & DEMONSTRATION (10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.)

Attendees will be able to learn about robotics and participate in fun activities, conducted by members of Blue Fish Robotics. There will be robotics soccer, robotics racing, a simple programming activity, and learn about their underwater robot. This two-hour event will be held in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room and is suitable for ages 5 and older.

GIANT JENGA CHALLENGE
(10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

Try your block building skills with Giant Jenga! The whole family can participate in this fun and exciting activity in the Library’s front porch near the main entrance.

STOMP ROCKET LAUNCH
(10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

Build your own paper rocket and blast it off with the Stomp Launcher! All materials to build the rocket will be provided.  This activity will be conducted by a local Boy Scouts group and will held in front of the Library on the Great Lawn. Suitable for ages 5 and older.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

CRAFT ACTIVITY – MAKE A BIRD SEED FEEDER (10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)

Participate in a fun-and-easy craft activity, conducted by Meadow Gold Dairies. Using recycled milk cartons, attendees will be able to build their own bird seed feeder. All craft materials will be provided. This activity will be held in the Library’s Courtyard and is suitable for ages 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Bring your camera! You will also be able to meet and take photos with Meadow Gold’s Lani Moo & Calci. 

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME
(10:30 A.M.)

Children ages 3 and older will enjoy a fun and interactive storytime in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

GIVING BACK WITH RONALD McDONALD®
(12:00 P.M.)

Ronald McDonald® will use a creative mix of music, magic, skits and games to reinforce the value of giving back and the enjoyment that comes from it. Children will learn to share their talents, time and gifts and are encouraged to share the things they are good at or are interested in. This 40-minute program will be held in the Library’s Edna Allyn Room for Children and is suitable for ages 3 to 8. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Sponsored by McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawai‘i

COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS
ON THE LIBRARY’S GREAT LAWN

  • Passion Orange Guava Individual Drinks, courtesy of Meadow Gold Dairies
  • Fresh Baked Cookies, courtesy of McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawai‘i
  • Hot and Iced Coffee and Tea, courtesy of Starbucks Coffee Company

OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO BEING PLANNED! 

More details will be provided on this page.

This kick-off event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and the 2017 Summer Reading Program sponsors.

Program schedules are subject to change. Call 831-6878 at least 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

 

 

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

Join us for a fun and interactive storytime in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. This program is suitable for ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Please notify the library at least 10 (ten) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Giving Back with Ronald McDonald logo

CELEBRATE THE 2017 CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM!

This educational program will inspire children to give back to the community and show the magic in helping others. Ronald McDonald® will use a creative mix of music, magic, skits and games to reinforce the value of giving back and the enjoyment that comes from it. Children will learn to share their talents, time and gifts and are encouraged to share the things they are good at or are interested in. This 40-minute program will be held in the Library’s Edna Allyn Room for Children and is suitable for ages 3 to 8. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Sponsored by McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawai‘i.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

movie poster Moana

Inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Please contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Year of Wonders book cover

For the month of June, the Hawaii State Library Book Group will discuss Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.

Based on the history of the small Derbyshire village of Eyam, this New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book follows young widow Anna Frith in the spring of 1665 as a growing number of villagers succumb to the plague and survivors are struck with madness and despair.

The HSL Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary.

The word spelled out with Scrabble pieces.

The Better Business Bureau Foundation of Hawaiʻi  invites you to join us for a free, one hour presentation to learn about:

  • The Top Scams in Hawaiʻi
  • Tricks that Scammers Use
  • How to Protect Yourself

Learn how not to become a victim of identity theft, which is, according the U.S. Justice Department, a “crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.”

This program is recommended for older adults 50 and older, who are the most vulnerable because they are not as tech savvy as younger generations. They are exploited as result, by online and phone scammers here and abroad. Program will be held in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

 

Lego Display made by LEAHI club member

LEAHI is a group of adults and teenage fans who enjoy modeling with LEGO bricks and sharing this enjoyment with the community. Please join us for a LEGO building event with LEAHI members in the Hawaii State Library’s Reading Room.  This program is suitable for ages 4-13.  Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.  LEGO creations by LEAHI will be on display at the Hawaii State Library during the month of June.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

movie poster for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Before he wrote the famous chomping textbook that Harry Potter studied at Hogwarts, Newt Scamander completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in 1926 New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which spells trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, & Samantha Morton.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

a pile of LEGO blocks

LEGO lovers can join us for an hour of free play with LEGO bricks. This program is recommended for ages 5-12. Children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please register at the Children’s Reference Desk from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on the day of the program. No pre-registration. Seating is limited. Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Movie poster for Kubo and the two strings

Young Kubo, against his mother’s repeated warnings, stays out after dark during the festival of Obon. As soon as the moon hangs in the sky, Kubo is relentlessly pursued by the Moon King’s twin daughters, an evil pair who do indeed want his other eye.  Kubo embarks on an adventure with guardians Monkey and Beetle in order to reclaim his father’s lost armor, the only thing that can protect him from the villainous Sisters and Moon King (voiced by Ralph Fiennes). Two Oscar nominations.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Please contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Hours

Date Time
Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 0
Parking fee Metered
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 54
Magazines 208
Newspapers 24
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No