Hilo Public Library

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 at this branch

Origami crane
  • February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - June 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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  • Contact: 808-933-8890

Join us for free origami crafts! Programs will be held on Saturdays. 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.

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

 

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.

Starts on April 4, 2019 and runs through June 6, 2019-
*Classes on break after June 6 and will resume on Thursday, July 11.*
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. 

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 of teddy bear in pirate hat reading a book

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.

Cartoon animals reading books. Storytime

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.

colorful artist rendering of planets

Join us as we kick-off our summer reading program with a special presentation by Kyla Edison. Kyla is the Geology and Material Science Technician for PISCES (Pacific Information Space Center for Exploration Services).  She will present information regarding PISCES and it’s relation to the study of Mars.  Kyla will conduct a presentation and an activity.

This program is free and suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  Attendees will also receive a special summer reading themed bag 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 requests for accommodations.

All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events.

Cartoon of teddy bear in pirate hat reading a book

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.

Cartoon animals reading books. Storytime

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.

Pierre the Chihuahua dog

Hello and welcome to the kid’s room.

My name is Pierre and I am a certified therapy dog. I love books and enjoy being read to. Youngsters choose and read books to me during my special visit. I also enjoy looking at pictures as stories are read.

Bring a reading buddy during this time to share stories with me. My owner, Maile and I hope to see you here.

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

carboard tube decoarated as a rocket

Blast off with a fun summer reading craft.  We will be making a colorful cardboard tube rocket using recycled materials.  Use your imagination to create and decorate a plain cardboard tube. This program is recommended for ages 5-11 years old.  Program is free and all supplies will be provided.

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.

Universe of Stories SRP

The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration recently obtained the first image of a black hole. Dr. Geoffrey Bower will describe the science behind this discovery, including what it tells us about Einstein’s theory of general relativity. He will also describe the pioneering role of Maunakea telescopes, the Submillimeter Array and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, in the experiment.

Dr. Bower is an astronomer, who specializes in black holes and radio telescopes. He has worked at universities and observatories in California, New Mexico, and Germany before coming to 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

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