Important Alert #1:  The Hilo Public Library's restrooms, except for those in the Children's Section, are not in service as of Friday, January 11, 2019. No ADA restrooms are available at this time. The estimated time of repair is Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  We apologize for this inconvenience to our Hilo library patrons.

Important Alert #2:  The Kaneohe Public Library will be closed for approximately one month, starting January 2, 2019 for a parking lot improvement project.  The book drop will be closed from 10 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018  and remain closed until the library reopens. During the closure, borrowed items may be returned to any public library. Updates on the reopening of the Kaneohe Public Library will be posted on our website. We apologize for this inconvenience to our Kaneohe library users.

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

poster for Beautiful Island: Taiwan's Journey to Democracy Exhibit

Today, Taiwan is a prosperous democracy with a thriving civil society.  How did it come about?  This exhibit tells the epic story.

The exhibit is structured into areas of focus including the introduction: Who are the Taiwanese? And parts 1 through 5 covering the topics Taiwan Prior to 1895, Japanese Colonial Rule and Resistance (1895-1945), Repression During the Cold War (1945-1975), Democratization (1975-1996), and Taiwanese Identity and Two-party Rule (1996-2017)

This exhibit will run January 10, 2019 though February 15, 2019, and is available for viewing in the front lobby of Hawaii State Library during regular library hours.

Exhibit Organizer:
Ai-Taiwan Foundation

Sponsors:
National Culture and Arts Foundation
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Facilitators:
East Asia Center, University of Washington
East Asia Library, University of Washington
Taiwan Studies Program, University of Washington
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hawaii State Library

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. 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.

Logo for the movie Hawaiian Room

Enjoy a free film screening of “The Hawaiian Room” by Filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk.  The Hawaiian Room opened its doors at the Lexington Hotel in New York City, Manhattan featuring talented young people from the islands who shared hula, song, and the spirit of Hawaii.

After the screening, there will be a talk story and Q&A with the former Hawaiian Room performers:  TeMoana Makolo, Leonani Akau Hagen, Leialoha Kaleikini and Torea Costa.  Lastly see a live hula performance from “back in the day!”

All programs are subject to change. If you require an auxiliary aid or accommodations due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

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.

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.

Hawaiian Mission Houses Presents Hawaii History Theater Actors

Enjoy dramatic encounters with actors in the roles of three individuals who played an important role in the history of Hawai‘i: John Papa ‘Ī‘ī, Samuel Kamakau and Emma ‘A‘ima Nāwahī.

John Papa ‘Ī‘ī was one of the first Hawaiians to learn to read and write, initially in English, from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionaries.

Samuel Kamakau had a very large part in helping to assemble material for Rev. Dibble’s History of the Sandwich Islands, published in 1836.

Emma ‘A‘ima Nāwahī and her husband, Joseph, founded a newspaper in 1895, Ke Aloha ‘Āina (The Hawaiian Patriot) that was staunchly pro-royalist in its outlook.

This program requires that the audience move to three different locations on the first floor of the building. If mobility assistance is required, please contact the 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.

examples of wrapped wire earring craft

The wrapped loop is a basic wirework skill and the foundation of many jewelry applications. We will practice making the loop, and then make a pair of earrings to keep or give as a gift. All tools and materials will be provided. Program will be held in the Art Music & Recreation Section, on the library’s 2nd floor. Space is limited, please call the library at 586-3520 to reserve a seat.

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.

Sapiens: A brief history of humankind book cover

For February, the book club will meet on Wednesday, February 6th from 2-3 PM in the reference area of the Language, Literature and History Section. We will discuss the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari, call number 599.9 Ha. Harari explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

This book club typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month and new members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries can be directed to booksmartbookclub@gmail.com or 808-586-3499.

John Cabeca

Do you have questions about patents, trademarks, and other ways to protect intellectual property?  Come and meet West Coast Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director John Cabeca in the First Floor Reading Room as he leads a discussion on intellectual property (IP) strategies and why startups should consider them:

  • Overview of intellectual property types:  patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP?
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  • What types of resources and assistance are available through the USPTO?

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.

Stack of boxed games

Come and play games at the library, in the Edna Allyn Room for Children, every second Saturday of the month. No registration required – just show up and play!  Recommended for children ages 3+ (children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult). Call or visit the library to confirm (there will be no game day on state holidays).

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.

Crazy Rich Asians movie poster

Native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only a scion of one of the country’s riches families but also one of it’s most sought after bachelors. PG-13, 120 min. The movie will be shown in the Library’s first floor reading room.

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.

Gilead book cover

For the month of February, the HSL Book Group will discuss Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Gilead is an intimate tale about fathers and sons told through the unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames as he reflects on his forebears spanning from the Civil War to the 20th century.

The HSL Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary.

Inquiries about the Hawaii State Library Book Group can be directed to hslbookgroup@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

Asian Lion Dance Team

Lion dancing is both a sport and an art, requiring physical conditioning to express the beauty of the dance. The Asian Lion Dance Team primarily plays southern futsan style lion dancing. Join us in the lobby for a short introduction to Lion Dance, and join our procession through the Hawaii State 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.

two examples of Chinese paintings

Please join us in the Library’s first floor reading room for a lecture covering the early, classical, and modern periods of Chinese painting. We will compare the techniques, goals, and appreciation of Western and Chinese painting. The two major styles of classical Chinese painting, bird and flower and landscape, will be emphasized. We will understand how Chinese painting combines both reality and feeling. This is the second in a series of lectures by Dr. Miller, an award-winning docent at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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.

Tattooist of Auschwitz book cover

For the month of March, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

In this 2018 bestselling novel, Slovakian Jew Lale is transported to Auschwitz and put to work as a tattooist, permanently marking his fellow prisoners, including Gita, whom he vows to marry one day. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange money from murdered Jews for food to keep other prisoners alive.

The HSL Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary.

Inquiries about the Hawaii State Library Book Group can be directed to hslbookgroup@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

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