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 at this branch

emoji game picture

TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, technology, and libraries. Students in Grades 6-12 are invited to play the Emoji Pictionary Challenge at the Hawaii State Library. This is a fun game where players must guess the correct word or phrase based on a set of Emojis and pictures. Example:cat emoji  + hat emoji = Cat in the Hat (book by Dr. Seuss). Game sheets can be picked up at the Young Adult Desk. Players receive a small prize for submitting a completed sheet to the teen librarian as well as an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing. Contest runs from October 1st to November 2nd. Visit or call the Young Adult Desk at 586-3490 for more information.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

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.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

a pile of LEGO blocks
  • October 26, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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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.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Image of Pete Tagalog

Makibaka: Huwag Matakot means “Struggle: Do Not Be Afraid!”  It was the rallying cry for a group of immigrant and local-born Filipinos who were threatened with eviction from their homes at Ota Camp, near St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waipahu in the 1970’s with no place to go. It was a 30 year struggle as they fought for decent housing, to stay together and to maintain their barrio lifestyle of a fenceless community with vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and animals. Following demonstrations and other challenges, the families won the right to purchase their homes.

A discussion panel will follow after the video presentation.  The discussion panel will have the following members present:

Melinda Tria Kerkvliet (Historian, Filipino American Historical Society of Hawaii); Nora Tagalog (Ota Camp resident); supporters such as Bernie Suguitan Ledesma and Leon Dagdagan (Kabataan Katipunan, ‘Youth Together’); Ernie Libarios (UH Leeward Community College counselor and Susi Ng Pilipinas advisor), who will explain the roles in the Ota Camp Struggle. Evelyn Mingming Llenas (then, UH Film Club), will explain how the Ota Camp Struggle impacted the Filipino community in Hawaii.

Presentation will be held in the library’s first floor Reading Room.

Image Citation: Pete Tagalog, leader of the Ota Camp Struggle (1972). Photo by John Titchen. Courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

sumi-e style painting of palm trees by Hisae Shouse

The Japanese art of Sumi-e, or ink painting, involves limiting details to capture the essence of the subject.  The art requires only simple materials such as black ink, water, rice paper, & brushes.

Artist Hisae Shouse and her students will display their Sumi-e paintings in the First Floor Reading Room during library hours.

A Sumi-e demonstration will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations.  All programs are subject to change.  For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

photograph of pokemon themed crafts

Come celebrate International Games Week at the Hawaii State Library! Play our board games all week long! There will also be Pokemon crafts, a Pokemon Scavenger Hunt, and a Pokeball Guessing Jar contest. (Contest winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 12).  In addition, Pokemon Go lures will be dropped in the building on the dates and times listed below. Lures last for 30 minutes and attract more Pokemon to the area, so if you have the Pokemon Go mobile game installed, don’t miss your chance to catch lots of Pokemon!

Thursday, November 7, 2019 Lure Times                                                       Every hour starting from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, November 8, 2019 Lure Times                                                             Every 30 minutes starting from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

All activities will take place in the Edna Allyn Room for Children and while supplies last.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all request for accommodations.  All programs are subject to change.  For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

image of speakers Seth Reiss and Tracey Ohta

This FREE seminar will demystify the patent application process!

Attorneys Seth Reiss and Tracey Ohta will provide an introduction into the basics of plant patents.  They will explain what can be protected through a plant patent, discuss how plant patents differ from other types of intellectual property for plants, and  offer helpful tips and guidance on applying for patent protections through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The seminar will be held in the library’s first floor Reading Room.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations.  All programs are subject to change.  For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie poster

Shortly after being imprisoned by the Magical Congress of the USA, dark magician Gellert Grindelwald has broken free. As soon as he escapes, Grindelwald starts building a powerful army of wizards who want nothing short of the complete enslavement of the human race. To combat Grindelwald’s efforts, Professor Albus Dumbledore calls on the wizard responsible for putting Grindelwald away in the first place: Newt Scamander. Throughout his journeys, Scamander will travel through Paris, London, and New York City, always on the lookout for Grindelwald and his legions of followers. Scamander’s mission will put his skills as a wizard to the ultimate test. PG-13.  Saturday Afternoon at the Movies showings are held in the library’s first floor Reading Room.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

 

sumi-e style painting of bamboo

The Japanese art of Sumi-e, or ink painting, involves limiting details to capture the essence of the subject.  The art requires only simple materials such as black ink, water, rice paper, & brushes.

Artist Hisae Shouse and her students will demonstrate the art of Sumi-e on Saturday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.  A reception with the artists will follow.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations.  All programs are subject to change.  For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

The Overstory book cover

For the month of November, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Overstory by Richard Powers.

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, The Overstory is an impassioned work of activism that is also a stunning evocation of the natural world told through interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

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