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

poster for Beautiful Island: Taiwan's Journey to Democracy Exhibit

Today, Taiwan is a prosperous democracy with a thriving civil society.  How did it come about?  This exhibit tells the epic story.

The exhibit is structured into areas of focus including the introduction: Who are the Taiwanese? And parts 1 through 5 covering the topics Taiwan Prior to 1895, Japanese Colonial Rule and Resistance (1895-1945), Repression During the Cold War (1945-1975), Democratization (1975-1996), and Taiwanese Identity and Two-party Rule (1996-2017)

This exhibit will run January 10, 2019 though February 15, 2019, and is available for viewing in the front lobby of Hawaii State Library during regular library hours.

Exhibit Organizer:
Ai-Taiwan Foundation

Sponsors:
National Culture and Arts Foundation
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Facilitators:
East Asia Center, University of Washington
East Asia Library, University of Washington
Taiwan Studies Program, University of Washington
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hawaii State Library

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. 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.

Gilead book cover

For the month of February, the HSL Book Group will discuss Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Gilead is an intimate tale about fathers and sons told through the unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames as he reflects on his forebears spanning from the Civil War to the 20th century.

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.

Inquiries about the Hawaii State Library Book Group can be directed to hslbookgroup@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

Asian Lion Dance Team

Lion dancing is both a sport and an art, requiring physical conditioning to express the beauty of the dance. The Asian Lion Dance Team primarily plays southern futsan style lion dancing. Join us in the lobby for a short introduction to Lion Dance, and join our procession through the Hawaii State Library!

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.

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.

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.

two examples of Chinese paintings

Dr. Steve Miller, a docent at the Honolulu Museum of Art with ten years of experience, will present lecture covering the early, classical, and modern periods of Chinese painting. We will compare the techniques, goals, and appreciation of Western and Chinese painting. The two major styles of classical Chinese painting, bird and flower and landscape, will be emphasized. We will understand how Chinese painting combines both reality and feeling. This is the second in a series of lectures by Dr. Miller, an award-winning docent at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The lecture will be held in the first floor reading room.

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.

Stack of boxed games

Come and play games at the library, in the Edna Allyn Room for Children, every second Saturday of the month. No registration required – just show up and play!  Recommended for children ages 3+ (children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult). Call or visit the library to confirm (there will be no game day on state holidays).

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.

papaya tree

A plant is a living, breathing organism with basic needs. Adequate sunlight, ample drainage, and room to grow are some of the necessities for a plant’s survival. Whether it be a grass plant, vegetable, fruit or flowering tree, the right balance of physical and chemical conditions is needed for the plant to thrive. The challenges begin when the balance becomes skewed. Plant selection is the key to success.

Please join us in the First Floor Reading Room for a presentation by horticulturist Jason Amoy, golf course superintendent of Mid Pacific Country Club.

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.

 

ready player one movie poster

Ready Player One takes place in the not so distant future, and the world is a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual realiy world that is a vast online utopia.  People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. The movie will be shown in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room. PG-13 140 min.

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.

Tillandsia air plant in pig shaped vase

If you don’t have a green thumb or time to care for plants, then try an air plant!  At our Tillandsia workshop, we will talk about air plants that are easy to grow and are attractive in the home.   You will receive an easy to care for tillandsia.  If you have any plants to share, please bring them.  This workshop will be held in the First Floor Reading Room.  Please sign up at the Art, Music, & Recreation desk or call 586-3520.

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.

Tattooist of Auschwitz book cover

For the month of March, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

In this 2018 bestselling novel, Slovakian Jew Lale is transported to Auschwitz and put to work as a tattooist, permanently marking his fellow prisoners, including Gita, whom he vows to marry one day. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange money from murdered Jews for food to keep other prisoners alive.

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.

Inquiries about the Hawaii State Library Book Group can be directed to hslbookgroup@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

painting Irises by Ogata Korin

A talk by Stephen Salel, the Robert F. Lange Foundation Curator of Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Interested in the history of Japanese art? Join curator of Japanese art Stephen Salel for a fast-paced virtual tour of many artworks produced since the year 300, including several works designated as National Treasures. Discussion topics include the various formats of Japanese painting, the medium’s cultural origins, the meaning behind medieval Buddhist art, the different schools of painting in early modern Japan, and the political rivalries of 20th and 21st century artists. Talk will be held in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room.

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.

succulent

Do you want to know more about succulents? Experienced gardeners from the Xeriscape Hui of the Oahu Urban Garden Center will share their knowledge of growing succulents. In our outdoor courtyard, we will learn how to plant succulents in recycled ceramic bowls with soil, cinders, and chopsticks. All materials will be provided. This adult program has limited seating. Please sign up at the Art, Music, & Recreation desk or call 586-3520.

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.

Graduation cap with money roll and coins

The Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling (HACAC) will conduct a presentation on how high school students and their families could make informed financial decisions about college. This free 75-minute presentation will be held in the First Floor Reading Room. Younger students and their families are also welcome to attend.

HACAC is a non-profit organization of professionals working in the realm of college admissions, both on the secondary and post-secondary levels. Members are dedicated to helping students transition to post-secondary opportunities through education, collaboration, and community building.

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.

 

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