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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

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.

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.

Money Smart Week logo

In Celebration of Money Smart Week!

AARP representative Joanna Amberger will provide information on how the Social Security program works and how to maximize your benefits. This one-hour program will be held in the Hawaii State Library’s First Floor Reading Room and is suitable for ages 18 and older.

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

 

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, starting on May 5th.

dragonfly cast members and playbuilders logo

In recognition of May as National Foster Care Month, the PlayBuilders of Hawaii in collaboration with The Foster Care Training Committee Present: “Dragonfly,” a community engaged play based on stories shared by former foster youth, resource care givers, therapists and social workers with playwright, Terri Madden and the PlayBuilders’ Ensemble over the course of 2016. Portions of the full-length production will be presented along with discussion with the cast and playwright about inspiration for the play and how we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of youth in foster care. The hour-long program in the First floor Reading Room is suitable for ages 10 and older.

Playbuilders of Hawai‘i Theater Company is a roving ensemble of theater makers whose mission is to gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect the many rich and diverse communities of Hawaiʻi.

The Foster Care Training Committee is a public-private partnership of organizations committed to enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care and is comprised of representatives of many of Hawaii’s foster care helping organizations, including Family Programs Hawaii, Catholic Charities Hawaii, Queen Liliuʻokalani Children’s Center, Journey to Success, and Partners in Development- Hu’i Ho’omalu Program.

Program schedule is subject to change. Please notify the library ten (10) days in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

hula

Join Hula Preservation Society (HPS) & our elders to learn about this new online visual resource.  HPS received a grant from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities to present a set of 200 images online for the first time that provide insight into life in Hawai‘i in the late 1940s and 1950s.  The post-World War II period brought tremendous growth and change in the islands. There was the sustained military and expanded visitor population that came by air and sea…there were the alluring tales of the Pacific coupled with fresh memories of Pearl Harbor…Hula and Hawaiian entertainment were an integral part of the visitor experience and helped many to make heartfelt and lifelong connections with the people, culture, stories, and landscapes of the islands.  HPS is a non-profit established in 2000 dedicated to preserving & sharing the unique spirits, authentic voices, and historical record of our hula kūpuna and sharing that treasury with present and future generations.

Please join us for this special presentation in the 1st floor reading room of Hawaii State Library.  For more information on this event, please check out the event flyer on the HPS website: http://www.hulapreservation.org/activities.asp

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

Rogue One Star Wars Movie Poster

Please join us in the First floor Reading Room for another Saturday Afternoon at the Movies. This month, the Hawaii State Library presents a showing of “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story” (PG-13)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success.

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.

Knitted coffee cozy

Join us at a craft session for a simple introduction to the knit stitch. We will knit a coffee/can cozy.

All materials & tools will be provided.

Seating is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. Program will be held at the Art, Music & Recreation Section Balcony on the Second Floor.

Program schedule is subject to change. Please notify the library at least 10 (ten) days in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight book cover

For the month of May, the HSL Book Group will discuss Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller.

In this unsentimental and unflinching memoir, Alexandra Fuller grows up as the daughter of white Zimbabwean tenant farmers amidst civil war. Recalling an unruly life in a frequently inhospitable place, she displays an ability to laugh even as she looks back with rage.

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.

 

Knitted coffee cozy

Join us at a craft session for a simple introduction to the knit stitch. We will knit a coffee/can cozy.

All materials & tools will be provided.

Seating is limited. Please call to reserve your spot. Program will be held at the Art, Music & Recreation Section Balcony on the Second Floor.

Program schedule is subject to change. Please notify the library at least 10 (ten) days in advance if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

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.

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.

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.

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
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