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

YWCA Hawaii Island

Come join us in the Children’s Room for a special story time and crafts program presented by our friends from the YWCA Healthy Start Program. This family-friendly event is open to all ages.

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

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.

Program size is limited. RSVP required. 

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.

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old are invited to attend weekly story time with aunty Marsha. During this time, aunty Marsha shares books, music, action rhymes with our littlest library users. Toddlers are encouraged to stay and play with toys after story time.

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.

Cover photo of the book I've Decided to Live 120 Years

Join us for a discussion of the book, I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years.

Presenter Karen Hirai will share information about SEED (Stress, Emotion, Exercise, and Diet) along with healthy living tips mentioned in the book. Karen is a yoga instructor with experience working in senior living centers, recreation centers, and schools.

Gain clarity on the direction your life’s been heading
Figure out what is truly important to you
Create a clear plan on how to live from now on
Gain insight into what a spiritual life feels like
Learn how to be strong physically, emotionally, and mentally (book description from publisher). (Photo credit: Amazon.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.

 

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.

Please join us for an informational seminar about the 2019 United Healthcare Medicare plan. Insurance agents from Financial Benefits Insurance HI will give an overview on the details of Medicare and will be on hand to answer any questions. Targeted for those 65 and over, but open to all.

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.

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.

Pierre the Chihuahua dog

Little readers are invited to practice their reading skills with Pierre, a certified therapy chihuahua, and his owner, Maile. Children read their favorite books or tell Pierre stories during this one on one reading session. Pierre loves hearing stories about magical places and characters. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to join their little ones to this special reading time.

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

Join us at Hilo Wire Club! We will create wire jewelry, explore wire art, exchange ideas, learn beyond the basics, and have fun. Tools and basic supplies are provided. Basic experience with pliers is required, or if you attended one of Alex’s Wire Jewelry classes. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Registration required, please call the Reference Desk, 933-8890.

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.

Atari Flashback

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 7 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Pokemon logo

Pikachu needs your help to find Ash. Ash is lost in PokePark and needs your help in escaping before it closes. Help him escape within 30 minutes or risk losing his title as a grand master Pokemon. Work as a team in completing challenges to ensure Ash retains his title as Grand Master Pokemon.

Sign-up is required to participate. Register with the children’s librarian. Walk ons may be allowed if space is available. Space is limited, so see children’s librarian if interested in participating.

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.

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