Hawaii State Library

Address

478 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States
808-586-3500

About

Welcome to the Hawaii State Library, the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System! With financial assistance from Andrew Carnegie, the present location was acquired and the existing building was built and opened on Feb. 1, 1913. We have a variety of special features, most notably our Hawaii & Pacific Section, the Edna Allyn Room Children’s collection, and also the Federal Documents Section, which has been a Selective Federal Depository Library since 1929. We are located in the historic capitol district of Honolulu, next door to the only Royal Palace in the United States.

Upcoming Events

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Royal Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Letter to My Parents banner

The Letter to My Parents Contest in Hawai‘i is open to Hawai‘i residents ages 14 to 22, who would like to express their experiences and feelings towards their parents or legal guardians.  Participants are encouraged to submit work illustrating examples from their personal life and reflecting family relationships and interactions.  On Saturday, ten winners will present their letters to a panel of judges at the Final Presentation.  Kalamansi Books & Things, Filipino Association of University Women, and Reiyukai America are the organizers of the fourth annual Letter to My Parents Contest.  This program will be held in the first floor reading room.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

Join us for a fun and interactive storytime in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. This program is suitable for ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Please notify the library at least 10 (ten) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Photograph showing Queen Liliuokalani's Catafalque

Less than 25 years after the overthrow of the monarchy, Hawaii honored Queen Lili‘uokalani with a state funeral that accorded her “all the impressive honors that would have been hers had she when she died been ruler of Hawaii,” the Hawaiian Gazette noted.  An editorial writer for the same paper wrote that her funeral was the “strangest ceremony ever to be held, for it was not only a Hawaiian queen, but an American Queen.”

Presenter Ralph Thomas Kam, Ph.D will give a detailed description of the ceremony, including Queen Lili‘uokalani’s lying in state, funeral, procession, burial, and will include a chance to hear the music played at the ceremony. The program will be held in the reading room on the first floor of the library.


Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

 

a pile of LEGO blocks

LEGO lovers can join us for an hour of free play with LEGO bricks. This program is recommended for ages 5-12. Children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please register at the Children’s Reference Desk from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on the day of the program. No pre-registration. Seating is limited. Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Photo of tekniqlingz dancers

Please join us in the Front Lobby where local Tekniqlingz Dance Group will perform many Filipino folk dances such as Maglalatik (an indigenous dance, involving coconut shell halves); Pandanggo sa ilaw (the dance evolved from Fandango, a Spanish folk dance); Sakuting (originally performed solely by boys, portrays a mock fight using sticks); Itik, itik (an itik is a species of duck and this dance imitates movements of a duck); Carinosa (meaning the loving or affectionate one; the fan or handkerchief plays an instrumental role as it places the couple in a romantic scenario); Tinikling (the dance involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance.)

Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies showing Beauty and the Beast

Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.


Program schedule is subject to change.  Contact the library 10 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus logo

Please join us for a performance by students from Kalihi Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Maryknoll School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Nuuanu Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

logo for Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus

Please join us for a performance by students from Waianae Elementary School as part of the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus’ “E Mele Kākou (Let’s Sing)” program. This 12 session program provides the basis of music through choral music with the exclusive use of Hawaiian literature.  Participating students will master important performance while focusing on the music and poetry composed by Hawaii’s ali’i (royalty).  It also includes instruction on music theory, Hawaiian history, hula and Bel Canto singing technique.  The program culminates with a tour of ‘Iolani Palace and a performance with the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Please notify the library at least ten (10) days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if other special accommodation is needed.

Hours

Date Time
Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 0
Parking fee Metered
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 54
Magazines 208
Newspapers 24
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No