Important Alert 1:  Pahala Public & School Library will be closed on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The library will resume normal hours on Wednesday, September 19th. We apologize for this inconvenience to the Pahala area library users.

Important Alert 2:  Kailua-Kona Public Library will have an alternative public service schedule for October due to the International Kona Ironman Triathlon. The library will be open on Monday, October 8, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. and will be closed on Saturday, October 13th. We apologize for this inconvenience to the Kailua-Kona area library users.

Kailua-Kona Public Library

Kailua-Kona Public Library will have an alternative public service schedule in October due to the International Kona Ironman Triathlon. The library will be open on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and will be closed on Saturday, October 13. We apologize for this inconvenience to the Kailua-Kona area library users.

Address

75-138 Hualalai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States
808-327-4327

About

Welcome to the Kailua-Kona Public Library! Designed by architect George Iwasaki, our library opened on a leap day – Feb. 29, 1992. It is the second largest and second busiest library on Hawaii Island. We have a drive-through bookdrop and won an exemplary architectural design award from the Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

Upcoming Events

Nene Award Seal

Children in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades are invited to participate in the Nēnē Readers Challenge at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

Read and review Nēnē Award-nominated books to earn a chance at winning wonderful prizes!

  • Read & review 5 nominees: earn a ticket to the Voting Party & a F.O.L.K. book sale gift certificate!
  • Read & review 10 nominees: earn a ticket into a grand prize drawing for a $50 Kona Stories gift certificate!
  • Vote for your favorite nominee: if your nominee wins the 2019 Nēnē Award, you’ll win a personal paperback copy!

The challenge begins August 1, 2018! Talk to Ms. Jen the Kids Librarian to learn more!

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.

Banned Books Week graphic

Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading a banned book! Open to teens 13+ years old and all adults. Read one of 40 banned books on display at Kailua-Kona Public Library. Write a brief review of the book and be entered into a drawing for a $25 Kona Stories gift certificate or a $25 book sale gift certificate from the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). A total of four prizes will be awarded. See library staff for entry forms. The contest is open from September 11 – October 20, 2018. Winners will be announced on October 23. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

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.

Books

Kick off a new season of the NJABCTCC with your summer travel reports.  Monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

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.

Okinawan dancer Cheryl Nakasone

Experience the vibrant culture of Okinawa! Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone and her performing arts group will share traditional and classical folk music and dances of Okinawa. The audience will have an opportunity to participate in a dance. This 45-minute program is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

This program is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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.

 

t-shirt stop sexual assault

Lorraine Davis, the Chief Operating Officer of the YWCA, will talk about the myths surrounding sexual assault and the effects a victim may encounter after the assault. She will provide information about Hawai’i Island statistics and resources for folks if someone they know has been sexually assaulted.

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.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Princess Belle talking to children

Fairy tale fans of all ages are welcome to attend our ‘Once Upon a Story Time’ event, featuring the enchanting heroines of Big Island Princess Parties! Join us for a royal affair, including photo ops, iced tea time, and cupcakes while supplies last.

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. We hope to see you here!

Harry Potter riding broom playing Quidditch

Come and celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary at Kailua-Kona Public Library! We are looking for teens in grades 6-8 who can solve the Breakout Challenge clues in a limited amount of time to win a wizardly prize! Participation is by reservation only and limited to 10 teens in two groups of five (first session is 10am-11am and second session is 2:00pm-3:00pm). Please call the library at 327-4327 to make a reservation or for more information. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK).

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.librarieshawaii.org/events

Mobile phone and laptop computer with security warnings

Do you practice good cyber hygiene?

Throughout October, cyber security professionals from the International Security Consortium (ISC) will be visiting public libraries statewide to share best practices on keeping you and your identity safe on the Internet.

At this free one-hour presentation, a cyber expert will discuss malware protection, passwords, wifi usage, online shopping and banking, scams, safe email habits, phishing, data backup, and social media. This program will also include a question & answer session.

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.

Books

Kick off a new season of the NJABCTCC with your travel reports.  Monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

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.

circle of hands holding seeds

The Community Seed Library is celebrating the completion of its third year! Join us on the library lanai for a seed exchange, talk to the CSL volunteers with questions and answers, and share some celebratory tasty treats! You are encouraged to bring seeds or plant cuttings from plants you have grown, with information about the plant name and some growing tips. Please do not bring any plants in soil to prevent the spread of invasive species such as coqui frogs, fire ants, and rapid ‘Ohia death.

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.librarieshawaii.org/events.

 

 

 

It's story time

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Storyteller Dan Kelin

A storytelling journey with master storyteller Dan Kelin that will take the audience across the Pacific with tales from many islands that are a bit humorous, slightly odd, and occasionally send a shiver up your back: all the good stuff that stories offer! 

Appropriate for listeners of all sizes and ages, especially those that will offer a little help to the storyteller. 

Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

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.

It's story time

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

It's story time

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

LEGO builders ages 4 through 11 are invited to celebrate building creativity at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

Listen to a story about creativity, then let your own creativity loose with LEGO bricks! Share your story about your LEGO creation, and see it proudly displayed in a public LEGO exhibit in our main lobby.

Children 5 years old & younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. This program is limited to the first 20 participants. Pick up an event ticket in the Children’s Section as early as 15 minutes prior to the program’s beginning. We hope to see you here!

rat lungworm virus

Dr. Susan Jarvi, of the UH Hilo Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, will give a presentation on the recent findings of the extent of rat lung disease and possible tests for it.  Dr. Jarvi’s lab is home to the Hawaii island Rat Lungworm Working Group. Since 2011, they have been conducting education outreach about rat lungworm disease (angiostrongyliasis) by developing and distributing materials to the general public and level appropriate curricula for public schools.  The Jarvi lab is conducting multiple research studies to better understand disease transmission, to develop better diagnostic tests, and ways to reduce the risk of contracting angiostrongyliasis.

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.

Books

Monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

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.

Books

Holiday Travels? Our monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

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.

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED – CLOSED
Tuesday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 23
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 20
Magazines 38
Newspapers 5
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes