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

picture of CD coaster craft

Drop by and make this easy and useful craft from an old CD. Come for some fun while helping the environment at the same 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.

Teens 12-18 are invited to pick their favorite song and create a music collage on the computer. Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Prizes will be awarded to each artist and winner who can guess the song title. This program is free.

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

Youngsters are encouraged to practice and improve their reading skills by reading to Pierre, certified therapy dog. Readers choose their own books to read during this special time.

We encourage youngsters to meet Pierre and owner Maile, during their special visits twice a month.

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

Puzzle depicting alzheimer's disease

The Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain. These fun suggestions are based on the latest research and growing evidence which indicates that people can reduce their risk of memory loss by adopting certain healthy lifestyle habits. Combine all of these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body.

Join us for this interactive program.

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 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!

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.

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.

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

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.

kids playing musical instruments

Create, dance and sing! Join Kozmo Mimzi as he demonstrates how to make homemade musical instruments out of recycled items. Make your own instrument to take home. This program is free and all supplies will be provided. Children under 5 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.

Slack key guitarist John Keawe

Celebrate the 2018 Summer Reading Program!

John Keawe is a songwriter, slack key guitarist, and a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award recipient. Mr. Keawe will share the history of slack key and perform some of his many compositions both instrumentally and vocally.

This free 45-minute program is suitable for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and the 2018 Summer Reading Sponsors. 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 National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii.

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.

 

Coco movie poster

Cool off in the children’s room and enjoy a FREE viewing of the movie “Coco”.  Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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.

Starts July 5, 2018
Beginner Class: Thursdays, 1:00- 2:30 PM
Intermediate Class: Thursdays, 3:00- 4:30 PM
Hilo Public Library, Program Room

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

Children of all ages are encouraged to practice and improve their reading skills by reading to Pierre, certified therapy dog. Readers choose their own books to read during this special time.

We encourage children to meet Pierre and owner Maile, during their special visits twice a month.

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

book cover Groovy Joe Ice Cream & Dinosaurs

Children who have completed the 1000 minutes or more goal for the 2018 Summer Reading Program are invited to a special ice cream and dinosaurs activity program. A registration ticket is required as proof that the 1000 reading minutes benchmark was achieved.  Children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Please see a children’s staff member for details.  Indication of food allergies is recommended upon registering for this event.

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.

 

abstract design, adult coloring

Drop in and relax with a coloring activity sponsored 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.

How many things are black and white? The white crayon is the least used in the box. See what you can create with just a white crayon or  white pencil and black paper. This program is free and open to ages 6 to 12. All materials will be supplied.

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

Guitar picks

Create your own guitar picks using a special pick punch stapler in celebration of the summer reading theme, libraries rock. Participants design their own picks using special pens and designs.

Program is suitable for tweens and teens due to stapler use.

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

Warrior 2 yoga position

Our breath is with us from the beginning to the end of life, yet how many of them are we conscious of? In this session, we will learn evidence-based breathing techniques to help reduce the effects of trauma and stress, while creating a firm foundation of coping tools for self-regulation.

Certified 1000 hour yoga therapist. Katy loves to share yoga philosophy in therapeutic formats. In addition to one-one work, Katy runs Big Island Yoga Therapy (BIYT). She and a team of interns serve communities with scoliosis, anxiety/depression, and trauma, chronic pain, pre/postnatal and those in incarcerated settings in Hilo. Contact us at www.BigIslandYogaTherapy.com if you want to learn more about becoming a BIYT intern.

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.

Calling all teens: Are you the next Lip Sync Battle champion of Hilo Public Library?

Contestants are permitted to bring their own tunes, as long as lyrics are appropriate. Are the lyrics appropriate? If you have to ask… find a different song. If you don’t want to compete, you can still be part of the event by helping judge the performances as part of the audience. Grand prize is a Kindle Fire!

During the scoring intermission join us for a “Hamilton the Musical” Trivia contest. All prizes for this contest are courtesy of the Friends of the Hilo Public Library.

Costumes permitted. Registration is necessary. Light snacks will be served. Open to teens in grades 6-12.

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

Children of all ages are encouraged to practice and improve their reading skills by reading to Pierre, certified therapy dog. Readers choose their own books to read during this special time.

We encourage children to meet Pierre and owner Maile, during their special visits twice a month.

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

mummy tomb

As an explorer, you have always loved Egypt. Its where your great grandfather, Howard Carter, discovered the remains of the ancient pharaoh Tutankhamen.

On a walk beside the River Nile, you and some friends suddenly feel the ground shift, sending you all tumbling down a stony shaft.

Recovering from the fall, you find yourself trapped in an ancient tomb. The thick layer of dust makes it clear that the chamber has rested undisturbed for thousands of years.

The only doorway is sealed shut by an ancient stone lock. You must find your way out with only your grandfathers trusted diary to guide you with hints and tips. If you don’ t this, chamber may become your tomb as well.

Challenge goal: Unlock the door by aligning the ancient stones.

Players work in teams of 4-6 to solve the puzzle and escape the room within 1 hour. This program is suitable for kids ages 10-12. Please register with the kids department to participate in this program.

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.

Fist holding dollar bills

Join HFS Federal Credit Union as they visit the basics of budgeting and credit! Gain helpful tools to help you create a budget that works for you. You’ll also learn ways to help you build or re-build your credit and manage your debts effectively! For more information, email hfs_marketing@hfsfcu.org.

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 image of Mr. Kneel and friends

Join us  for a free show in which “Mr. Kneel” (Neil McIntyre) shares his love for reading through beatbox and rhyme! Mr. Kneel is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop emcee, beatboxer, and goofball. He uses his talents as Mr. Kneel to encourage & uplift  children of all ages. Neil creates inspired original Hip-Hop music that assist educators & parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. This program is suitable for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

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.

 

Meditation

We all have the capacity to be mindful. Learn a few techniques to help you start a daily mindfulness practice. These techniques profoundly reduce stress and raise your vibrational energy. You will experience a state of relaxation and calmness as you go about your daily life.

Presenter Merlinda received her mindfulness training as an educator from Mindful Schools in 2011. She has taught the curriculum to pre-school, elementary and high school students. Merlinda has led workshops for educators and the general public.

Please join us in the Children’s Room us for an enlightening presentation! Participants may bring their own cushions for seating.

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.

 

parents inc logo

PARENTS Inc. has a mission to strengthen families by providing resources, skills, support and advocacy to create cycles of positive parenting. Please join us for a special story time and craft hosted by this exceptional community program. Program is suitable for all ages.

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.

Music notes

Music, laughter and dance have all been clinically proven to have positive long-term effects on health.  This lively workshop explains the nuts and bolts behind the healthful benefits and invites you to laugh, hula and sing your way to better relaxation, mental calm, and overall enjoyment of life.

Join HMSA’s composer in residence, Steve McCall for this great sing-a-long experience!

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 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!

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.

Join us for story time with our special guests from the Ka Paalana Program for a Hawaiian story and activity. Ka Paalana is a Hawaiian traveling preschool that supports the community by offering this special Hawaiian themed story time. This Program is free for all ages and caregivers are encouraged to attend. 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.

metal tags

Welcome back fellow Harry Potter students. The Harry Potter Club resumes with our first meeting and activities for the school year. Join us as we create house tags for the following houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Members will use hammers to pound letters into metal tags to show which house is their favorite.

Also we will have a meeting to discuss the next Harry Potter club. Members direct the club through an advisory board and come up with activities for the next meeting.

We hope to see you in the next school year for the wizardry world of Harry Potter.

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

 

 

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