Hawaii State Library

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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

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On Saturday, August 17, 2019, a collaborative exhibition will open at the Hawaiʻi State Library’s downtown branch. “The Promise of Statehood: Looking Back, Moving Forward” explores Hawaiʻi’s complicated journey to statehood as a means of considering what kind of community we are in the process of becoming. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of statehood, how might we envision the next 60 years? The exhibition features never before seen artifacts and documents from the collection of U.S Senator Daniel K. Inouye, as well as photos and archival materials from the Hawai‘i State Library and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection. Also featured is “The State of Aloha,” a documentary on the 50th anniversary of statehood, produced at the Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, that still strikes a highly relevant chord. Interactive exhibition elements, produced in collaboration with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, invites visitors of all ages to consider not only our past, but our collective future. The exhibit is located in the Hawai‘i State Library on 478 South King Street, and is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday (for more specific hours, please visit www.librarieshawaii.org.) Following its closing on September 14, 2019, a smaller traveling version of the exhibition will head to Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. For more information on the exhibition, please contact Noelle Kahanu, nmkahanu@hawaii.edu.

This exhibition and related programming was developed in partnership withthe Daniel K. Inouye Institute, the Hawai‘i State Public Library System, the Hawai‘iCouncil for the Humanities, and the following University of Hawai‘i at Mānoadepartments: American Studies, Academy for Creative Media, and the HawaiʻiCongressional Papers Collection, UH Mānoa Library (Papers of Daniel K. Inouye)

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 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

Aquaman movie poster

An action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” stars Jason Momoa in the title role. It reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime. This journey is one that will not only force him to face who he really is but to discover if he is worthy of being a king.

The movie will be shown 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.

Photo of Frances Duncan

The Jane Austen Society of North America, Hawai`i Region, and the Hawaii State Library are proud to present a free public talk about Jane Austen, the English novelist of beloved classics including Pride and Prejudice and Emma. Join us as visiting lecturer Frances Duncan gives fascinating insight into the author’s connections to New Zealand. This program will take place in the First floor Reading Room of the library.

Frances Duncan is the founder and president of the Jane Austen Society of New Zealand and an independently published author. Her second novella Beautiful Abomination was shortlisted for best novella in the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel awards. She lives in Wellington and is of Ngati Porou and Te Whanau ā Apanui descent.

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), marking its 40th anniversary this year, strives to foster the study, understanding, and appreciation of Jane Austen’s works, life, and genius. JASNA Hawaii, the group’s local chapter, was established in 2013.

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

photograph of chawan - Japanese tea bowls

Sadou, the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, is a cornerstone of Japanese culture.  One of the most important utensils in a tea ceremony is the chawan, or tea bowl, since the green tea called matcha is made in and drank from the chawan.  In Japanese ceramics, nothing is held in higher esteem than the chawan.  Shofu Kai has been studying what makes the old, traditional chawan so valuable and cherished.  This exhibit is presented by Shofu Kai, a group of ceramists at the Hawai’i Potter’s Guild who meet to study and learn about the artistry of Japanese tea ceremony utensils.

The exhibit will be on display in the library’s front lobby, during regular library hours.

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.

Me Talk Pretty One Day book cover

For the Month of September, the HSL Book Group will discuss Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

A perfect jumping off point for those new to David Sedaris’ blithely sophisticated, loopy brand of humor, 2000’s Me Talk Pretty One Day collects essays about his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his boyfriend Hugh to France.

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

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  • September 28, 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

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness book cover

For the Month of October, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.

Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, and The Washington Post, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes readers on a journey of many years, spooling outwards from the cramped neighborhoods of Delhi into the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, with its heroes broken by the world they live in and then patched together by acts of love.

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

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

Educated book cover

For the month of December, the HSL Book Group will discuss Educated by Tara Westover.

Named one of the best books of 2018 by the New York Times Book Review, New York Public Library, NPR, O Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, Educated is the true story of the author’s enlightenment. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Deciding to try a new kind of life, her quest for knowledge took her across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far and if there was still a way home.

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