Hilo Public Library

Address

300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
808-933-8890

About

Welcome to the Hilo Public Library! Our library is the largest library on Hawaii Island and opened on Jan. 20, 1951. The Naha, one of two historic stones located in front of the library, is believed to be what King Kamehameha lifted to affirm the prophecy that he would unite the Hawaiian Islands. Well-known Hawaii Island artist Henry Bianchini’s donated sculpture “Involuntary Journey” is located in the library’s atrium.

Upcoming Events

Chess Club

Stop by to play chess with a friend. Chess sets are provided by Hilo Public 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.

Pokemon Club logo

Bring your Pokémon cards to battle, trade and admire!

Pokémon fans of all ages and skills play a friendly game of Pokémon card trading, whereby players battle using cards to change into different Pokémons and gain powers along the way. Participants bring their own cards to trade and battle with fellow players each Saturday. Library does not provide cards.

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.

 

Photo credit: Public domain image from Pixabay

Music notes

Music, laughter and dance have all been clinically proven to have positive long-term effects on health.  This lively workshop explains the nuts and bolts behind the healthful benefits and invites you to laugh, hula and sing your way to better relaxation, mental calm, and overall enjoyment of life.

Join HMSA’s composer in residence, Steve McCall for this great sing-a-long experience!

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.

FREE, easy Hawaiian language classes sponsored by the library!

Designed for adults & seniors. Learn Hawaiian chants/oli, songs and prayers. Instructor Puakea Sun has 8 years experience teaching Hawaiian at Kamana Senior Center.

Beginner 2 Class: Thursdays, 1:00- 2:30 PM
Intermediate Class: Thursdays, 3:00- 4:30 PM
Hilo Public Library, Program Room

It is recommended that students have some experience with the Hawaiian language.

To register, please email the instructor: lesmeri.puakea@gmail.com

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.

Join us at the library for a hands-on basic computer class. Interested in signing up for email, or creating a document? Need to troubleshoot common computer problems? Sessions are repeated, so please sign up for another session if you need more assistance. Learn how to use a computer more effectively to improve your life in the digital age.

Registration required. Limited to 6 students per session. Call the library or visit the Reference Desk to register.

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.

logo of Kuikahi Mediation Center in Hilo

Do you want to better understand people and situations, build trust and rapport, and resolve differences? Fostering greater self-awareness is one of the first steps to becoming a thoughtful communicator. Truly listening, making the time and space to hear someone out, is one of the greatest gifts you can give to another person. In this presentation, learn some powerful and effective active listening techniques—including non-verbal communication, summarizing for understanding, and asking appropriate questions. Walk away with some practical tools that you can immediately put to use to become a better communicator, at home, in the workplace, and in the world.

Presented by Julie Mitchell, Executive Director of Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

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.

cartoon bear in bed with a book

Come to the library in your pajamas! Aunty Marsha will be hosting the Pajama Jammie Jam, a story time before bedtime, in the children’s room of the library. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day.  All ages are welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged, you can even bring a blanket and pillow!

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.

Come in and try our new Atari Flashback 7 video game kit! Two players can play at one time—bring your gaming partner or meet a new one. Registration is required; please sign-up at the children’s or young adult reference desk.   This program is free and open to ages 11 to 17.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Coffee Filter Tie Dye Butterflies

Make colorful tie-dye butterfly magnet out of a coffee filter and a clothespin. This program is free and all materials will be supplied. Children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Photo Credit: https://meaningfulmama.com

Hawaii Ulu Cooperative logo

Join us on the lanai for informative presentation by the Hawaii ‘Ulu Cooperative. Learn about the organization’s mission, watch a short film, and discover ways to prepare this dietary staple.

This program is free and suitable for all ages. 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.

 

‘Ulu, or breadfruit, is a traditional Polynesian staple now being “rediscovered” as an incredible source of gluten-free, high protein, low fat starch. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, essential amino acids, vitamin A, C and B complex groups, and is better for you than other starches like potatoes, wheat and rice! –from the website: http://www.eatbreadfruit.com/

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Join us in the children’s room for a special story time and craft with representatives from Lili‘uokalani Trust.  This program is free and suitable for all ages. Lili‘uokalani Trust is a non-profit human services agency, whose mission is to service Hawaiian orphaned and destitute children. This organization provides counseling services, group programs, and establishes partnerships with the community to carry out the mission of the Trust.

Program schedule to change. Contact the hosting library at least 7 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

Hawaii Behavioral Health logo

Hawaii Behavioral Health will be conducting an information session at the library. This organization offers a variety of services to our community Information concerning child and adolescent behavioral health will be available. Representatives from the organization’s various programs will be presenting. This program is free and open to all ages.

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.

Scales of Justice

Do you have a legal issue and need legal advice?

Volunteer attorneys will be available to meet with you individually to provide legal advice for the following types of cases:

Family law:  Divorce, Child Custody, Child support, Guardianships, or Adoptions
Estate Planning: Basic Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives
District Court: Landlord-Tenant, Small claims, Collections
Bankruptcy: Chapter 7
Veterans Benefits

This service is FREE to all low and moderate income individuals. Call by August 1st to qualify and to reserve your spot: (808) 313-8210 (local) or (808) 528-7046

Walk-ins will be accepted, but there is no guarantee that you will be seen by an attorney. Please call and make a reservation.

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.

Drop in the children’s room for a fun duct tape craft. We will be creating a special dry erase board to take home. This program is brought to the library courtesy of the Ben Franklin Craft store in Hilo. All supplies will be provided. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

yoga image and sun image

Our very own librarian, Gretchen Andrews, is also a certified yoga teacher! She will demonstrate yoga breathing techniques along with simple postures using only a chair as your prop. It is recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing and it is not necessary to bring a yoga mat. This class is free and will be designed for adults.

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.

Join us for story time with our special guests from the Ka Paalana Program for a Hawaiian story and activity. Ka Paalana is a Hawaiian traveling preschool that supports the community by offering this special Hawaiian themed story time. This Program is free for all ages and caregivers are encouraged to attend. 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.

Picture of sewing thread, pliers and buttons

Learn to make your own wire jewelry with Alex Middleton. Tools and supplies will be provided, and sign-up is required at the Reference Desk.

Limited seating of 10 participants.  Recommended for ages 14 and up.

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.

cupcake with frosting and cherry on top

Stop in for a special Saturday morning  program for a story with a cupcake theme! A story, song, craft, and cupcakes will be presented during this hour of fun for children.

Refreshments will be provided.  No outside food or drink is permitted in the library.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Pierre the Chihuahua dog

Youngsters are encouraged to practice and improve their reading skills by reading to Pierre, certified therapy dog. Readers choose their own books to read during this special time.

We encourage youngsters to meet Pierre and owner Maile, during their special visits twice a month.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

cartoon bear in bed with a book

Come to the library in your pajamas! Aunty Marsha will be hosting the Pajama Jammie Jam, a story time before bedtime, in the children’s room of the library. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day.  All ages are welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged, you can even bring a blanket and pillow!

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.

Family Game Day

Board games are a great way to get young minds thinking in fun and creative ways. Youngsters are invited to play games after school on this special day. Some of the games encourage friendly rounds of competition while others encourage participants to have fun.

Come join us and make friends along the way. This program is free and suitable for kids of all ages and families.

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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.libraieshawaii.org/events.

metal tags

Welcome back fellow Harry Potter students. The Harry Potter Club resumes with our first meeting and activities for the school year. Join us as we create house tags for the following houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Members will use hammers to pound letters into metal tags to show which house is their favorite.

Also we will have a meeting to discuss the next Harry Potter club. Members direct the club through an advisory board and come up with activities for the next meeting.

We hope to see you in the next school year for the wizardry world of Harry Potter.

Program schedule to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

 

child in a fire proof suit

Learn about Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis with Dave Carvalho, from the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, University of Hawaii at Hilo. Join Dave for hands on materials, activities, and fun!

This program is free and suitable for all ages. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library at least 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Family Game Day

Board games are a great way to get young minds thinking in fun and creative ways. Youngsters are invited to play games after school on this special day. Some of the games encourage friendly rounds of competition while others encourage participants to have fun.

Come join us and make friends along the way. This program is free and suitable for kids of all ages and families.

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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.libraieshawaii.org/events.

Family Game Day

Board games are a great way to get young minds thinking in fun and creative ways. Youngsters are invited to play games after school on this special day. Some of the games encourage friendly rounds of competition while others encourage participants to have fun.

Come join us and make friends along the way. This program is free and suitable for kids of all ages and families.

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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.libraieshawaii.org/events.

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED – CLOSED
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 50
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 3
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 36
Magazines 50
Newspapers 8
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes