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.

Photo of tekniqlingz dancers

Please join us in the Front Lobby where local Tekniqlingz Dance Group will perform many Filipino folk dances such as Maglalatik (an indigenous dance, involving coconut shell halves); Pandanggo sa ilaw (the dance evolved from Fandango, a Spanish folk dance); Sakuting (originally performed solely by boys, portrays a mock fight using sticks); Itik, itik (an itik is a species of duck and this dance imitates movements of a duck); Carinosa (meaning the loving or affectionate one; the fan or handkerchief plays an instrumental role as it places the couple in a romantic scenario); Tinikling (the dance involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance.)

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.

Great Railway Bazaar front cover

For December, we will discuss Paul Theroux’s immersive tale of an eastbound loop from London to Tokyo Center and back on the Trans-Siberian railroad, The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia (call number 915.0443 Th). It brims with Theroux’s signature humor and wry observations.

The Book Smart Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Language, Literature and History Section of the Hawaii State Library. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries about the Book Club can be directed to booksmartbookclub@gmail.com or 808-586-3499.

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies showing Beauty and the Beast

Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.


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.

Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus logo

Please join us for a performance by students from Kalihi 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.

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

Siddhartha book cover

For the month of December, the Hawaii State Library Book Group will discuss Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

In this classic, Siddhartha, a Brahmin, casts off his wealth and sets out to find enlightenment, meeting many interesting people along the way including the beautiful courtesan Kamala and Guatama Buddha himself. First published in German in 1922 before being translated and brought to the U.S. in 1951, Siddhartha interweaves the different philosophies of Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, and Western individualism to address universal themes of the human condition.

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.

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.

Evicted Book cover

For the month of January, the HSL Book Group will discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (call number 339.46097 De).

This 2016 nonfiction bestseller follows eight Milwaukee families living below the poverty line and struggling to find housing in a punishing rental market. Author Matthew Desmond, a sociologist and a co-director of Harvard’s Justice and Poverty Project, lived among both white and black tenants in substandard conditions, including units dangerously not up to property code, infested with insects, and lacking basic appliances such as a stove.

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.

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.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Maryknoll 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.

Please notify the library at least ten (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 Nuuanu 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.

Please notify the library at least ten (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 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.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is 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