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

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.

man holding arms above his head, on a stage

Kailua-Kona Public Library is pleased to host an evening performance by Niall de Burca, one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers.

A native of the West of Ireland, a land soaked in legend, de Burca will take listeners on an unforgettable journey through the landscape of ancient Ireland.  More dangerous than the pied piper, de Burca will cast a spell on young and old alike.

This free, 45-minute program is funded by Friends of the Libraries, Kona and is a production of the UH Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or 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.

Photo of Mr. Kneel in Hawai'i

Neil McIntyre is a professional speaker, Hip-Hop emcee, beatboxer, and goofball. He uses his talents as “Mr. Kneel” to encourage and uplift children of all ages. Mr. Kneel creates original Hip-Hop music that assists educators & parents in promoting children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. See www.mrkneel.com for more information.

Mr. Kneel will be joined by B-Boys, break dancers who move acrobatically, intricately, and elaborately. Come and join our dance party at your library! Get ready to have fun and get loud!

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.

drawing of ukulele and holiday decorations

Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for the Kanikapila Christmas Special to sing and play along with your guitar or ukulele …or just listen to the music.  Generously sponsored by 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.

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.

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.

Gingerbread house

Celebrate the holiday season at the Kailua-Kona Public Library! Engineers ages 4 to 11 are invited to the Kailua-Kona Public Library to construct their very own edible candy houses.

This free program includes all of the materials required for each child to construct one candy house. This program is limited to the first 20 children. Pick up an event ticket in the Children’s Section as early as 15 minutes prior to the program’s beginning.

Young children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. We hope to see you at your public library!

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

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.

image santa 12 days of christmas

Christmas is right around the corner, and things are getting pretty busy around the North Pole! Santa can’t wait to put up his feet after his big delivery and celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas. However, the reindeer were a bit mischievous during their games and pulled a prank on Santa…they have hidden Santa’s hat in a box, and without it, Santa can’t celebrate Christmas or the days after! If he doesn’t get his hat back, he can forget about twelve days of rest, relaxation and fun. And, when Santa ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy around the North Pole! Help the elves find Santa’s hat by solving the Twelve Days of Christmas clues and unlocking the box! Santa and everyone at the North Pole are counting on you! Rumor has it that Santa is offering mystery prizes to teens who can break out! Three breakout sessions will be available: 10am, 11am, and 1pm. Participation is limited to 6 teens per session. Please call the library at 327.4327 to reserve a place.

This program 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.

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.

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