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

HSPLS The Smartest Card logo

Throughout September, we encourage youngsters to get their very first library card with the help of a responsible adult. Children who obtain their first library card receive special prizes from the children’s librarian. Youngsters may choose their prize (activity books, crayons or free books).

 Prizes are available for children up to the sixth grade. Replacement cards do not qualify as first time cards. Children must be able to write their name to acquire their own cards.

 

Puppet Master Koryu Nishikawa V & Puppet

Please join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with a master Japanese artist, Koryu Nishikawa V, who is the 5th generation Master Puppeteer of the Kuruma Ningyō style. This 160 year-old form of puppetry is related to the three person style of Bunraku. However, in Kuruma Ningyō, a puppet is operated by a single puppeteer who sits on a small wheeled cart. The puppeteer uses his hands and feet to manipulate the puppet’s arms, legs and head, all while rolling about the stage on the cart. Joining Master Nishikawa is Tom Lee, originally from Mililani, who has appeared in War Horse on Broadway and in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera. This workshop also presents the principles behind traditional sannin zukkai (three person puppetry), the foundation of the Bunraku tradition. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to handle traditional Japanese puppets and draw back the curtain on how these beautiful puppets are brought to life through skillful puppetry technique. Suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

This is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding and support provided by the Performing Arts Presenters of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Please contact the library 10 days in advance if special accommodations are required.

Minecraft logo

Do you like to play Minecraft? Join fellow Minecraft enthusiasts as they build new worlds and have fun at the same time. Open to participants age 12 to 17. No sign up required, but limited to eight players per session.

Program schedule subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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 aunty Marsha 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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library (10 days for Oahu; 15 days for neighbor islands) in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

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

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is free.

Painted bookends

Join us to design a bookend based on your favorite book or character—the possibilities are endless! After they are painted, bookends will be sealed and returned to holding up the books with style. This program is free and open to attendees ages 13-18.  Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

a pile of LEGO blocks

Children, ages 4-9, use their imagination to build things with LEGOS® provided by the library. Little builders are encouraged to build independently or with the help of a loved one. Builders who would like assistance with their projects may seek guidance from two lego experts during this time. Completed LEGOS® pieces are showcased in a display case during the week where it may viewed by the general public.

Space is limited so be sure to arrive on time for a spot.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

People dressed up as pokemon

Pokemon fans of all ages and skills play a friendly game of Pokemon card trading, whereby players battle using cards to change into different pokemons and gain powers along the way. Participants bring their own cards to trade and battle with fellow players each Saturday.

Library does not provide cards.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is free.

cartoon bear in bed with a book

Come to the library in your pajamas! Aunty Marsha 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! Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Come to the children’s room and help us clean out our LEGO collection to make room for new LEGO kits.  Select blocks will be available to make your own creation and take home.  Supply is limited and this program is recommended for ages 5-12. Please contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth actors

BOO and HOO are happy, even though they always seem to get an Ouch! Like the time when they got their fingers trapped in the door and the time they fell and scraped their knees. One day BOO and HOO begin to feel other people’s OUCHES. So they set out on an adventure with their box of band aids to fix all the OUCHES in the world. Performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i.

This 30-minute performance is suitable for ages 2 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth's circular logo

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 aunty Marsha 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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library (10 days for Oahu; 15 days for neighbor islands) in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

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

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is free.

a pile of LEGO blocks

Children, ages 4-9, use their imagination to build things with LEGOS® provided by the library. Little builders are encouraged to build independently or with the help of a loved one. Builders who would like assistance with their projects may seek guidance from two lego experts during this time. Completed LEGOS® pieces are showcased in a display case during the week where it may viewed by the general public.

Space is limited so be sure to arrive on time for a spot.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

People dressed up as pokemon

Pokemon fans of all ages and skills play a friendly game of Pokemon card trading, whereby players battle using cards to change into different pokemons and gain powers along the way. Participants bring their own cards to trade and battle with fellow players each Saturday.

Library does not provide cards.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed. Program is free.

ParaNorman movie poster

Join us for a fun movie afternoon in the children’s room.  We will be showing the animated film ParaNorman. A morbid boy with the power to speak to the dead gathers an army of friends to fight seven zombies brought to life by an ancient witch’s curse. Meanwhile, the terrified townspeople prepare to do battle with the supernatural  This is free program for all ages.  The film is rated PG and its runtime is 87 minutes.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request special accommodations or a sign language interpreter.

dog tags

Create special metal dog tags during the Thanksgiving season for family and friends. Participants use special metal stamping equipment and letters to make beautiful designs.

This program is restricted to kids ages 11-18 due to special equipment and safety.

Information about this stem program is available at https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/?s=dog+tags

Children are invited to play games provided by the library. Test your ninja skills to deactivate a dangeroues timer in Chronobomb. In addition to ninja skills, kids also use strategies to sink ships in a friendly game of battleship. Use clues to determine words in a friendly headbanzs game.

Create cool structures with wooden planks in a game known as contraptions. Well loved classic games are also available.

We invite you to come and enjoy an afternoon of games and fun.

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 No
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No