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.

Hilo Public Library

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.

Address

300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, United States
808-933-8890

About

Welcome to the Hilo Public Library! Our library is the largest library on Hawaii Island and opened on Jan. 20, 1951. The Naha, one of two historic stones located in front of the library, is believed to be what King Kamehameha lifted to affirm the prophecy that he would unite the Hawaiian Islands. Well-known Hawaii Island artist Henry Bianchini’s donated sculpture “Involuntary Journey” is located in the library’s atrium.

Upcoming Events

Keiki Storytime

Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to bring loved ones to weekly story time. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to make connections and build friendships with fellow youngsters. During this time, we shares books, songs, finger plays with the littlest visitors. Children and their families are invited to stay after story time to make crafts. Come join us each week for fun and friendships.

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.

FREE, easy Hawaiian language classes sponsored by the library!

Designed for adults & seniors. Learn Hawaiian chants/oli, songs and prayers. Instructor Puakea Sun has 8 years experience teaching Hawaiian at Kamana Senior Center.

Beginner 2 Class: Thursdays, 1:00- 2:30 PM
Intermediate Class: Thursdays, 3:00- 4:30 PM
Hilo Public Library, Program Room

It is recommended that students have some experience with the Hawaiian language.

Program size is limited. RSVP required. 

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.

Chess Club

Stop by to play chess with a friend. Chess sets are provided by Hilo Public 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.

Pierre the Chihuahua dog

Little readers are invited to practice their reading skills with Pierre, a certified therapy chihuahua, and his owner, Maile. Children read their favorite books or tell Pierre stories during this one on one reading session. Pierre loves hearing stories about magical places and characters. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to join their little ones to this special reading time.

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.

Celebrate National Puzzle Day at the library. National Puzzle Day is celebrated every year on January 29th, but we are celebrating a few days early!  We will have jigsaw puzzles suitable for all ages.  Stop in and help other members of the community put together a puzzle and enter to win a completed puzzle. 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. Puzzles are courtesy of the Friends of the Hilo Public Library.

 

cartoon bear in bed with a book

Come to the library in your pajamas! Miss Gretchen will be hosting the Pajama Jammie Jam, a story time before bedtime, in the children’s room of the library. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day.  All ages are welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged, you can even bring a blanket and pillow!

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

Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old are invited to attend weekly story times. During this time,  we share books, music, action rhymes with our littlest library users. Toddlers are encouraged to stay and play with toys after story time.

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.

Super Nintendo controller

Come in and try the new Nintendo Super NES classic edition video game console! Two players can play at one time – bring your gaming partner or meet a new one. This program is free and open to ages 11 to 17.

All programs are subject to change. Please contact the library 7 days in advance to request a special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Keiki Storytime

Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to bring loved ones to weekly story time. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to make connections and build friendships with fellow youngsters. During this time, we shares books, songs, finger plays with the littlest visitors. Children and their families are invited to stay after story time to make crafts. Come join us each week for fun and friendships.

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.

Origami crane

Join us for free origami crafts!

Every other Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30PM
Hilo Public Library, lanai

Classes are free! 🙂
Origami ( Ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.

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.

 

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special craft. This program is free and open to children ages 5-12. Supplies will be provided. Children 5 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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 books

Join us for an author talk with Joseph Theroux!

Joseph Theroux has published three novels, The Devil’s Throat, The White Kahuna and Black Coconuts, Brown Magic (Dial, Doubleday). He has also published fiction and historical articles in Pacific Islands Monthly, New Pacific, Hawaii, Honolulu, Sprit of Aloha, Historic Nantucket, The Hawaiian Journal of History and The Journal of Pacific History. He has lived in Samoa, Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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.

Happy Valentine's Day

Children and teens are invited to make a Valentine after school.  This program is free and  supplies will be provided.  Supplies are limited to one Valentine per person. 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.

 

Tutu and me Traveling Preschool
  • Hawaii – Hilo
  • Hawaii
  • February 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • 808-933-8890

Attend a special story time with Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool. A craft will follow the story.  This program is suitable for all ages and caretakers are encouraged to attend. Please contact the library 7 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

A firetruck and a police car

Rev up your imagination by building your very own cardboard car. Participants use basic cardboard and other craft supplies to make basic car parts such as wheels, headlights and bumpers. The cardboard is colored with markers and pens.

Come join us for this afterschool program. This program is appropriate for ages 5 and up.

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.

dog with book

Mochi is a service dog that loves to be read stories. This program free and open to children who are at an elementary school reading level. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

animals and chinese new year banner

Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Pig.  Kozmo Mimzi Animation Theater will be facilitating Chinese New Year themed crafts, music, and a parade. This program is free and all materials are provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Hilo Public Library.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

All programs are subject to change. Please contact the library 7 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

cartoon bear in bed with a book

Come to the library in your pajamas! Miss Gretchen will be hosting the Pajama Jammie Jam, a story time before bedtime, in the children’s room of the library. Get comfy and cozy with bedtime stories and music as you wind down your busy day.  All ages are welcome and bedtime attire is encouraged, you can even bring a blanket and pillow!

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.

Photo of bowl containing 2 ears of corn, 4 carrots, 6 tomatoes, 2 avocados, and leafy vegetables.

Learn how to start your own garden and deal with pesky pests!

• A few lucky guests may even go home with their own starter plants!
• PLUS – meet people from your community.
• Join a Walking or Potluck group for a chance to win prizes!
• Compost information.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY:
info.bluezonesproject.com/eh/gardening 

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.

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED – CLOSED
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 50
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 3
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 36
Magazines 50
Newspapers 8
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes