ALERT:  Hana Public and School Library will be open with modified hours for the following dates:  8/13/18 to 8/14/18 8am-11am, 8/15/18 to 8/16/18 11am-2pm; 8/20/18 8am-11am, 8/21/18 8am-4pm, 8/22/18 to 8/23/18 11am-2pm; 8/27/18 8am-11am.  The library will be closed on 8/17/18 to observe the Statehood Day holiday.  The library will resume normal public service hours on Tuesday, 8/28/18.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

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.

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.

Image featuring 12 Kimonos by Otsuka and Water Lilies by Monet

Dr. Steve Miller, a docent at the Honolulu Museum of Art with ten years of experience, will present a PowerPoint lecture in the Library’s First Floor Reading Room featuring images of artworks, mostly paintings. He will first discuss the fondness for pattern and naturalism that is characteristic of Japanese art from all periods. Dr. Miller will then spend the rest of the lecture reviewing the major styles of Western art from pre-historic to modern. He will show the evolution of Western art, encouraging the listener to further explore their favorite styles and artists.  Dr. Miller (AB, Artium Baccalaureus, in physics, Occidental College; MD from Stanford) is a retired ophthalmologist from Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu.

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.

colored pencils and coloring sheet

Bring your friends and relax while coloring beautiful designs and patterns during this free mid-day program. Adults are invited to color in the Art, Music, and Recreation section on the first Wednesday of the month.  Starts on September 5th and continues on October 3rd and November 7th.  All materials will be provided.

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.

Saturday Afternoon at teh Movies featuring Draft Day

At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams. This film runs 1 hr 50 minutes and is rated PG-13.  It will be shown in the 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.

clipart image depicting glue scissors paper

Adults and older children are welcome to enjoy this free craft program on the 3rd Saturday of the month in the Art, Music, and Recreation section of Hawaii State Library.

Collage a journal cover on September 15 and make an origami phone holder on October 20.  (A Christmas craft program will be held on November 17.)  All supplies will be provided.  Space is limited.

Please sign up by calling 586-3520 or visiting the Art, Music, & Recreation section.

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 easy cross stitch wallets

Teens ages 11 and up, prepare for Teen Read Week 2018 by making an easy cross-stitched wallet! Choose between a Pacman Ghost or a Mario Super Star for this year’s theme, “It’s Written in the Stars…Read!” Supplies are limited to a first serve, first come basis. This program will be held at the Hawaii State Library’s First Floor Reading Room on Saturday, September 29th from 3:00-4:30pm.

Planning to attend? Use the RSVP button below to indicate your interest!

Program 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. For more information, call the Young Adult Reference Desk at 586-3490.

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