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

painting of Pele by Herb Kane

Learn to speak the Hawaiian language at the library!

Free classes designed to inspire students about the Hawaiian culture. Take part in hands-on craft demos and learn about local history.

Please sign up at the Reference Desk. Held in the Program 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

Crafts with crayons and scissors
  • January 22, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Children are invited to make a hanging mobile decoration craft.

All it takes is a circle, scissors, and decorations to make a dazzling hanger craft.

All materials 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

Computer

Join us at the library for a hands-on basic computer class. Interested in signing up for email, or creating a document? Need to troubleshoot common computer problems? Sessions are repeated, so please sign up for another session if you need more assistance. Learn how to use a computer more effectively to improve your life in the digital age.

Every other Thursday in the Computer Lab.

Registration required. Limited to 6 students per session. Call the library or visit the Reference Desk to register.

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
  • January 25, 2020 @ 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

 

Let’s celebrate the 2020 Chinese Year with the Rat zodiac!

We will celebrate the “year of the mouse” by participants decorating their own paper mouse craft.

All materials 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

 

game pieces
  • January 25, 2020 @ 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

picture of collage vison board
  • January 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Instead of making a New Years resolution, create a vision board for change!

“A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.” www.makeavisionboard.com

This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Recommended for ages 15 and older.

Registration is not 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

 

Recycle Hawaii Logo

Learn how to set up a simple home composting system that can fit in your garage or on your lanai. Home composting is one of the most effective ways households can reduce their climate impact while saving time and money. Vermicomposting brings the soil ecosystem into a small space relying on nature’s digesters – worms! Worms make great pets- they’re clean, they live in a bin, they’re quiet, and they really do smell fine.

Join Dani Burger for this information session. Dani is a Master Recycler Composter on a mission to reduce waste.

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

 

recycling symbol

Let’s turn trash into something we can treasure!

Children will use recycled plastic to create unique art. All materials will be provided. This program is free and suitable for ages 5 years old and up.
Children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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

movie reel

Please join us for some family fun at Hilo Public Library’s Free Movie Night on Wednesday, January 29th at 4:30pm. The movie will be held in the microfilm/ AV room, so please bring a light jacket because the air conditioning must remain on. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Movie rating: PG-13
Movie length: 118 minutes

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