Important Alert 1: Pahala Public and School Library will be closed on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The library will resume normal hours on Friday, September 28th. 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.

Waianae Public Library

Address

85-625 Farrington Hwy, Waiʻanae, HI 96792, United States
808-697-7868

About

Welcome to the Waianae Public Library! Built by contractor Charles Windstedt, our library opened on Dec. 20, 1966 and is located next to the Waianae Fire Station and Waianae District Park. Our small library serves 44,000 residents on the Westside coast of Oahu from Nanakuli to Makaha. The library has a unique and extensive collection of Hawaiian quilt patterns.

Upcoming Events

Knit and Sew Craft Dress

Join us for a demonstration of how to create a fun summer dress using the classic knit washcloth pattern and simple fabric skirt.

The class is for teens and adults. In order to make this craft a basic knowledge of knitting and sewing is required.  No registration 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.

Cartoon animals reading books. Storytime

Enjoy weekly themed books, songs, and crafts with the whole family. Each week we discuss a new theme and read related stories. A craft based on the theme is also provided. This program is recommended for children in preschool and older but all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or 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.

Cartoon caterpillar with books

Storytime for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers. Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and activities based on early literacy research and the Every Child Ready to Read Program. Learn how talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing help get your child ready to read. This program is intended for children 0 -3 years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent or 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.

Grossology typography

Ooey, gooey, icky, slimy fun! Join us for a celebration of all things gross – toilet humor included.

Hooray for Wednesday occurs on the first Wednesday of month at 3:30. Each month will have a fun activity for children, teens, and in-betweens.

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.

Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Alzheimer's Awareness

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: a class for family caregivers is a new one-hour program presented by The Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about:

  • The impact of Alzheimer’s
  • The difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors.
  • Current research & treatments available to address some symptoms.
  • Alzheimer’s Association resources.

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.

Creative Craft: Pochibukuro

Our favorite eco-crafter Evelyn Nakamura is back with a new craft-pochibukuro or “little bags”

Japanese children frequently receive monetary gifts in little envelopes called “pochibukuro.” Learn to make 3 simple pochibukuro from found materials, then size them up for other purposes. Examples of varied uses for these envelopes and other ways of creating them will be shared. All supplies will be provided to make 6 envelopes.

Class is recommended for teens and adults and seating is limited so please call the library to reserve your seat.  Bring your own pair of small sharp pointed scissors.

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.

Werewolf moon

Come and join us for a howling great time.  Players solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy within a given set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the room.

Call the library to sign up.  This event is for ages 13 to 18.

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.

Book club Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. 

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.    Source Penguin Random House

 Even Bill Gates read Trevor Noah’s memoir ….”Reading Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime I quickly learned how Noah’s outsider approach has been honed over a lifetime of never quite fitting in. Born to a black South African mother and a white Swiss father in apartheid South Africa, he entered the world as a biracial child in a country where mixed race relationships were forbidden. Noah was not just a misfit, he was (as the title says) “born a crime.”

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.

Mediation wooden tiles

Mediation is an informal, confidential process that provides landlords and tenants with the opportunity to talk through their differences with the assistance of an impartial third party (the mediator). Before the situation escalates, the mediator helps landlords and tenants negotiate customized solutions. This process is available at no cost to either party.

The Mediation Center of the Pacific (MCP) will explain how mediation works, and how to access these services to help resolve disputes quickly and cost effectively. No reservations are required. For more information about MCP visit www.mediatehawaii.org.

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 children in halloween costumes

Start off Halloween with Trick or Treat at Waianae Public library! Follow the treat trail to collect fun non-candy items through out the library.

Little ones can join us in the meeting room for not-so-spooky stories and crafts. Light snacks will also be provided.

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.

Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

photo of highway sign and walking shoes

What steps can we take to live a LONG and HEALTHY life?

The average lifespan of Americans is about 80 years. With the advancement of medicine and lifestyle changes, it’s getting longer and longer. A 100-year life is not questionable anymore.

The real question is: how can we live a long, but also a healthy, happy and fulfilling life? Learn practical changes you can make in your life to live a life full of vitality, passion and purpose.

Wear socks, comfortable pants and t-shirt for interactive gentle exercises. Wheelchair, walker, and cane user friendly.

This program was reschedule from the original date of August 25.

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.

The Handmaid's Tale book cover

Join us for a discussion of the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale by author Margaret Atwood. Originally published in 1985 it won the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987 as well as many other award. It has been adapted into a film, an opera, and is a currently running TV series. One of the 100 “most-loved” novels listed on PBS’s The Great American Read.

From the PBS Great American Read website:  The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its image and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force.

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.

Father and son reading together

Free books, food, and lucky prize drawings!

At the library’s read aloud nights families will enjoy books read by our special guest readers and community literacy partners. All children in attendance will receive a free book to keep as their own.  Refreshments will also be provided.

Keep the fun going! – Complete a Read Aloud Bingo Card and be entered into the lucky prize drawing for family fun activities.

This recurring program will take place from 6:00-7:30 on:

  • September 19
  • November 21
  • January 16
  • March 20
  • May 15

Mahalo to our program partners: HECO, Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Read to Me International, and Hawaii Literacy.

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. Program is suitable for ages 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Book Cover Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

“In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.”     (from Goodread.com)

“This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over.”—Newsweek

“By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring . . . hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling.”—The New Yorker

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 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 19
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 15
Magazines 46
Newspapers 1
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms Yes
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes