Posted on: April 14, 2018 | Category: News
Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony of the New Nānākuli Public Library
April 14, 2018
HONOLULU — Please join the Hawaii State Public Library System in celebrating the opening of our new Nānākuli Public Library on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The grand opening and dedication ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m., with remarks by Governor David Y. Ige and State Librarian Stacey A. Aldrich.
The new Nānākuli Public Library opened today with Gov. Ige, state legislators and hundreds of members of the community on hand to celebrate. The $15.5 million, 18,000 square-foot facility is located at 89-070 Farrington Highway on a three-acre site fronting Nānāikapono Elementary School.
“Our public libraries are the heart of our communities. This long-awaited library will help the children gain a love of reading and learning and provide opportunities for life-long learning for the people of Nānākuli and Maʻili,” said Gov. Ige.
“We’re so excited to finally open the doors to our Nānākuli Public Library,” stated Librarian Stacey Aldrich. “We thank the Leeward coast communities, especially the Nānākuli community, for their patience in this long journey to place a library close to home. Special thanks must be given to Gov. Ige, the State Legislature and community leaders for their unwavering support to get the Nānākuli Public Library built, staffed, and filled with books and materials for the community to enjoy.”
Designed by architect Glenn Miura and CDS International, the new Nānākuli Public Library is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified. Design features contributing to its LEED Silver Certification are large windows and skylights to maximize the use of daylight throughout the library to reduce electricity costs for lighting; and designs to take advantage of natural ventilation for the large multi-purpose program room.
Serving the communities of Nānākuli and Māili, design of the building is reminiscent of a Hawaiian village setting representing the community’s past and complementing today’s buildings on the Leeward Oʻahu coastline. The layout of the building includes community meeting rooms, a separate outdoor program area, and ample parking for Library patrons.
Inside the new library, patrons will find shelves to accommodate up to 35,000 books and 3,000 DVDs and CDs, free wireless internet access for HSPLS library card holders, 32 computers for public and library use, and small meeting rooms for public use. A larger multi-purpose program room is also available for library programs, and community meetings and activities.
The new Nānākuli Public Library will also introduce new technology in the HSPLS system, allowing Nānākuli Public Library patrons to use self-checkout stations to check out a stack of books with one quick motion. Additionally, special programming to be featured at the Nānākuli Public Library includes a small business service center and audio recording facilities and equipment to record the stories of kūpuna and the community.
Planning for the new library began in 1994 as part of a Program Development Report for Nānāikapono Elementary School. Thereafter, design funding became available in 2011 and community outreach began in June 2012, with the intent to design the new library to meet local community needs. In 2013, with the support of community leaders and legislators, $15.5 million was appropriated for the new Nānākuli Public Library.
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