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

Classes resume on October 3rd.
No classes on Thursday, November 28th (Thanksgiving).
10-week session ends December 12th.

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. 

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

abstract design, adult coloring
  • October 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - November 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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On Tuesday evenings, from 4:00- 6:30 PM, drop in and relax with a coloring activity sponsored by Hilo Public Library!

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

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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events. 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.

logo of U.S. Census Bureau

This presentation is going to discuss the coming 2020 Decennial Census. It aims to educate the public how the Census impacts our communities and the importance of a complete and accurate count. After the presentation, we hope to educate and engage the communities to participate in the 2020 Decennial Census.
Also check out the available jobs for the 2020 Decennial Census.

The speaker is a Partnership Specialist from the Census Partnership and Engagement Program of the U.S Census Bureau.

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.

Scales of Justice

Do you have a legal issue and need legal advice?

Volunteer attorneys will be available to meet with you individually to provide legal advice for the following types of cases:

Family law:  Divorce, Child Custody, Child support, Guardianships, or Adoptions
Estate Planning: Basic Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives
District Court: Landlord-Tenant, Small claims, Collections
Bankruptcy: Chapter 7
Veterans Benefits

This service is FREE to all low and moderate income individuals. Call by November 7th to qualify and to reserve your spot: (808) 313-8210 (local) or (808) 528-7046

Walk-ins will be accepted, but there is no guarantee that you will be seen by an attorney. Please call and make a reservation.

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

Origami crane
  • November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am
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Join us for free origami crafts! Programs will be held on Saturdays, from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM.

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

 

M-I-C-K-E-Y Mouse, the world famous mouse invites you to a special celebration. This famous mouse debuted in 1928 around the world. Since his debut, he has entertained and warmed the hearts of millions worldwide. We invite you to come and celebrate with us on this special day.

11 am – 12:30 pm Minnie Mouse Bow-Tique Party Game (design and pin the
bow on Minnie)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Disney Movie
2:00 – 4:00 pm Mickey Mouse Birthday Wooden Plaque

Hope to see you here.

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

game pieces
  • November 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
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Join us on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-4:00pm for some family fun with cards and board games. We will have a mix of games available including: Chess, Scrabble, Rummikub, Sorry, Monopoly, Cribbage, Checkers, UNO, RISK, and Connect Four. Please feel free to bring games from home to use that day and we will also accept donated games. This program will not be held on State holidays.

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 30
Magazines 50
Newspapers 8
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No