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 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.

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.

student violin ensemble

Na Mele O Suzuki is a violin ensemble composed of students aged 6 to 17 from the Suzuki Association of Hawaii. Performing entirely from memory, the musicians will play a selection of light classics, fiddle tunes, songs from the Suzuki repertoire, and folk songs from the world. These youngsters will play for you on June 24, 2017 (Saturday), 12:00-1:00 PM, in the library’s front lobby.

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.

Storyteller Yasu Ishida

IN CELEBRATION OF THE 2017 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Join the magical adventures of stories! Magician & storyteller Yasu Ishida will share stories from all over the world told in Kamishibai (“Paper-Theatre”) style, incorporating magic tricks and various paper art forms, including Origami and Pop-Up Arts. Kamishibai is a storytelling style, which became popular in Japan during the 1920s. This 45-minute program will be held in the Library’s Edna Allyn Room for Children and is suitable for preschoolers and lower elementary students. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, Meadow Gold Dairies, Hawaiian Electric Companies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Roberts Hawaii, Mitsunaga & Associates, Aloha United Way, and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. 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.

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.

accessories made from recycled computer parts

Calling all crafters, techies, and tinkerers! Come join us at the Hawaii State Library first floor Reading Room for an upcycled jewelry making program! Create custom designed keychains, luggage tags, and bracelets out of old computer keyboard parts! All supplies will be provided; while supplies last.

This program is suitable for teens ages 12 and up.

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

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.

Sohia Henager, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

As part of the “Know Your Legal Rights” series, Sophia Henager, AmeriCorps Paralegal in the Asset Protection Unit at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i, will focus on the basic rights and responsibilities of tenants in Hawaii. Subject areas include: searching and applying for an apartment, leases, security deposits, repairs, the eviction court process, and moving out. The presentation will take place in the library’s first floor reading room. Questions and answers will follow her presentation.

Program schedule 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