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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

Herstory exhibit logo and photogrpahs of Chinese American women

The Hawaii State Library is pleased to offer this focused look at Chinese American women’s history, told through the legal cases fought in the Supreme Court of the U.S. and its states.  Featuring rare photographs, personal stories, and a timeline of case descriptions, Herstory documents the efforts of Chinese American women who fought for equal treatment in the eyes of the law and for citizenship and immigration rights.

This exhibition is provided to the Library by Chang C. Chen, PhD, JD, who is dedicated to the documentation of the legal history of Chinese Americans.

The exhibit is available for viewing in the Library’s front lobby, during regular business hours through April 15, 2017.

Baro at Habi exhibit

Explore the Filipino culture by visiting a new exhibit of Filipino attire and textiles.  Features the clothing and hand-woven materials of indigenous tribes and religious influences in the Philippines.  Wall hangings, dolls, photographs, and adornments will be on display in the First Floor Reading Room from March 9 to March 25.  The exhibit is designed by Big Island artist Iris Viacrusis and sponsored by the Filipino Association of University Women.  “Baro at habi” is the Tagalog term for clothing and woven fabric.  Exhibit schedule is subject to change.

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.

The Spring Quintet

Hawaii State Library presents The Spring Wind Quintet – the five musicians will perform the following  musical pieces: (1.) Adrien Barthe, “Passacaille”; (2.) Hawaiian Mele, Arranged by Martha Schweitzer: “Beautiful Kahana,” “Kamehameha Waltz,” “The Cockeyedd Mayor of Kaunakakai,” and “Liliu E.”; (3.) Gunther Schuller, wind Quintet, Second Movement; (4.) Eric Ewazen, “Bays” for Wind Quintet; and (5.) Jacques Ibert, “Trois Pieces Breves,” First Movement.

This one-hour program is recommended for all ages and will be held in the first floor lobby. 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.

pastel artwork by Helen Iaea

The Hawaii State Library is pleased to host the 8th Annual Pastel Artists of Hawaii Members’ Show, featuring the talent of local pastel artists.  All the works displayed are created by members of the Pastel Artists of Hawaii (PAH) organization.  PAH is an educational, public and member supported non-profit organization promoting awareness of soft pastel as a serious art medium.  Please visit the show in the Library’s first floor reading room, during regular library hours.

 

Bookworm story time logo with sponsorship by PACT and Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii

Join us in April for Family Story Time, sponsored by PACT (Parents and Children Together) and Prevent Child Abuse Hawai’i.  Special guest readers will read aloud favorite stories.  Free goodie bags filled with fun items for children and informational materials for parents will be given out while supplies last.

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.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth's Home performance

Honolulu Theatre for Youth returns with a brand new performance! Written and directed by Annie Cusick Wood, this 30-minute program explores the value of a shelter. What is a home? What happens when you do not have one? Two charming characters wrestle to create their own homes until they come to realize that one of the great joys of having a home is sharing it. This special performance at the Hawaii State Library is sponsored by the Ward Village Foundation. Performance will be held in the Edna Allyn Room for Children on the first floor.

Program is recommended for ages 3 to 5. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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.

Eric Paul Shaffer

To welcome in National Poetry Month, award-winning poet and author Eric Paul Shaffer will read a selection of poems on the theme of “Considering & Re-Considering.”  The reading will consist of poems that consider a topic and then another poem that re-considers the same or a similar topic.

Eric Paul Shaffer is author of six books of poetry, including A Million-Dollar Bill; Lāhaina Noon; Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen; and Portable Planet. 450 of his poems have appeared in more than 250 reviews in the USA, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Scotland, and Wales. Shaffer has received a number of local literary awards, including the 2002 Elliot Cades Award, a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Lāhaina Noon, and the 2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.

This one-hour program is recommended for ages 12 and older; it 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 other special accommodation is needed.

cover of 1984 and a big guy took my ball

For the month of April, the Hawaii State Library Book Group will discuss the classic 1984 by George Orwell.  1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision is timelier than ever.

To lighten up the mood, we will also discuss the works of Mo Willems, author of the ever-popular Pigeon picture books and Elephant & Piggie easy readers.  You are invited to choose any Mo Willem’s book you’d like, though it may be difficult to read just one since his short, humor-packed books are highly addictive! Click here to search the library system’s collection of Mo Willems stories.

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.

 

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Waianae Elementary School 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.

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.

 

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.

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