Important Alert #1:  The Hilo Public Library's restrooms, except for those in the Children's Section, are not in service as of Friday, January 11, 2019. No ADA restrooms are available at this time. The estimated time of repair is Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  We apologize for this inconvenience to our Hilo library patrons.

Important Alert #2:  The Kaneohe Public Library will be closed for approximately one month, starting January 2, 2019 for a parking lot improvement project.  The book drop will be closed from 10 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018  and remain closed until the library reopens. During the closure, borrowed items may be returned to any public library. Updates on the reopening of the Kaneohe Public Library will be posted on our website. We apologize for this inconvenience to our Kaneohe library users.

Kailua-Kona Public Library

Address

75-138 Hualalai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States
808-327-4327

About

Welcome to the Kailua-Kona Public Library! Designed by architect George Iwasaki, our library opened on a leap day – Feb. 29, 1992. It is the second largest and second busiest library on Hawaii Island. We have a drive-through bookdrop and won an exemplary architectural design award from the Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

Upcoming Events

Nene Award Seal

Children in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades are invited to participate in the Nēnē Readers Challenge at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

Read and review Nēnē Award-nominated books to earn a chance at winning wonderful prizes!

  • Read & review 5 nominees: earn a ticket to the Voting Party & a F.O.L.K. book sale gift certificate!
  • Read & review 10 nominees: earn a ticket into a grand prize drawing for a $50 Kona Stories gift certificate!
  • Vote for your favorite nominee: if your nominee wins the 2019 Nēnē Award, you’ll win a personal paperback copy!

The challenge begins August 1, 2018! Talk to Ms. Jen the Kids Librarian to learn more!

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.

Books

Holiday Travels? Our monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

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.

Cody Landstrom magic cards

Join us for a FREE interactive magic show with guest performer Cody Landstrom!

Magic for all ages featuring sleight of hand, juggling, cowboy rope tricks, a balancing act, audience participation, and tons of laughter and fun!

We hope to see you at your public library for this magical 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.

woman blowing conch shell

Michaela Lehuanani Larson will share her stories and lessons learned and shared from the ohana (family), na kupuna (elders), and na kumu (teachers).  Enjoy stories from Old Hawaii.

This presentation is made available though a generous grant from the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

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.

Teen book display

Teens, help us create a new Teen Picks book recommendation display, and let other teens know about books you enjoyed reading! Write your recommendation about a book from Kailua-Kona Public Library that you are reading now. Your submitted book recommendation form is your entry in the drawing to win a $25 Regal Theater gift card! The forms are available in the Young Adult section of the library. This program runs from February 1-28, 2019, and only teens in grades 6-12 may participate. For details and rules, please drop by the library to pick up a book recommendation form.

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

person's hand pruning a branch

Experienced gardener and pruner, Diana Duff is presenting this free in-depth gardening class for the Community Seed Library. Participants will learn about the best pruning tools and how to use them. She’ll cover what to prune, when to prune and ways to prune to improve your garden’s health and appearance.

Diana has years of experience pruning and teaching pruning. She has taught in the UH Master Gardener and the Certified Landscape Technician programs for many years. She did her own pruning for 20 years on her farm and has written gardening columns for West Hawai’i Today for the last 15 years.

She admits that pruning is her favorite gardening activity partly because it is a combination of art and science and because a knowledgeable pruner has absolute control of the outcome.

The Community Seed Library is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). 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. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Paper fortune cookies

February 5 is the beginning of the Chinese New Year, a time for loved ones to gather and welcome in the new year’s good fortune.

Children ages 7 and up are invited to come to the Children’s Section to create easy paper fortune cookies to share with friends and family.

Customize your own fortunes: make them fun, make them silly, make them kind, or even make them themed for Valentine’s Day, coming up on Thursday, February 14th!

Younger children are welcome to join, but they must be accompanied and assisted by an adult caregiver.

We hope to see you at your 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.

It's story time

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

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.

Guitar

American Roots songwriters Woody Plaut and Stephen Cline will be accompanied by their musical friends Anne Marie Lambert, Carol Williams, Aviva Plaut, Daniele Gold and Pam Hinch for an afternoon of music.

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.

It's story time

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

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.

NewsGuard logo

NewsGuard was launched in March 2018 by veteran journalists Steve Brill and Gordon Crovitz to tackle misinformation online. As tech companies and platforms relied on algorithms and artificial intelligence to try to address the problem, the two saw the need for human intelligence to be part of the solution. NewsGuard employs experienced journalists who review the top news and information websites using nine criteria for credibility and transparency.

As of December 2018,  the Hawai’i State Public Library system has teamed up NewsGuard to spread news literacy to library patrons statewide. With its free browser extension, NewsGuard displays its ratings next to links on search engines and social media feeds. By installing the extension onto hundreds of computers at its 51 branches, the library is giving patrons more context for the news they encounter online and helping them build critical news literacy skills.

Join public librarian Jennifer Young at a NewsGuard informational session at the Kailua-Kona Public Library to learn more about this innovative information resource. There are two sessions, featuring the same content, scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 19 at 12:30 PM (30 minutes)
  • Saturday, February 23 at 2 PM (30 minutes)

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.

It's story time

Children (2 to 5 years old) and their adult caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

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.

Books

Our monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

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.

NewsGuard logo

NewsGuard was launched in March 2018 by veteran journalists Steve Brill and Gordon Crovitz to tackle misinformation online. As tech companies and platforms relied on algorithms and artificial intelligence to try to address the problem, the two saw the need for human intelligence to be part of the solution. NewsGuard employs experienced journalists who review the top news and information websites using nine criteria for credibility and transparency.

As of December 2018,  the Hawai’i State Public Library system has teamed up NewsGuard to spread news literacy to library patrons statewide. With its free browser extension, NewsGuard displays its ratings next to links on search engines and social media feeds. By installing the extension onto hundreds of computers at its 51 branches, the library is giving patrons more context for the news they encounter online and helping them build critical news literacy skills.

Join public librarian Jennifer Young at a NewsGuard informational session at the Kailua-Kona Public Library to learn more about this innovative information resource.

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.

theatre masks black and white

“Omigod you guys!” Check out this free sneak preview of Legally Blonde The Musical Jr., and learn the dance moves from the Aloha Teen Theatre cast members! Legally Blonde was a 2001 film about Elle Woods, a sorority president who chases after ex-boyfriend, Warner, to Harvard University to prove she is worthy of his love. Along her journey, she finds true love, individuality, new friends, and what she really wants. This program is appropriate for teens in grades 6-12.

Aloha Teen Theatre (ATT) is the longest running teen theatre program on Hawai’i Island! ATT encourages teen leadership through theatre education, community projects, and public performance opportunities.

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

Books

Our monthly two hour meetings of the Circle include an eclectic collection of travel research tips, what’s new in the library in the travel related sections, where we’ve been and where we are going.  We are active travelers trekking the near and far corners of the planet and returning with tips and stories to share.  You can even send a postcard to the library!  attn: Denise

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.

Hours

Date Time
Monday CLOSED – CLOSED
Tuesday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 23
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 20
Magazines 38
Newspapers 5
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes