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

The Nēnē Readers is a reading club at the Kailua-Kona Public Library for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders that focuses solely on reading, enjoying, analyzing, and discussing  Nēnē Award-nominated books.

  • Read & enjoy quality books nominated by your peers!
  • Analyze & review 5 nominees to earn a special incentive!
  • Discuss your thoughts with other club members!
  • Create a project in honor of your favorite nominee!
  • Vote for your favorite nominee at the Voting Party!
  • Nominate more quality books for next year’s list!

Interested? Registration begins Friday, September 1, 2017. Simply fill out a registration card in the Children’s Section, and turn it in to our library staff.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

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

Books

The Newbery Quiz Bowl is an annual reading competition unique to Hawai’i island. Students in the 4th-7th grades are eligible to form quiz bowl teams to represent their school or library in the competition.

Team members are expected to read selected Newbery Award-winning books, and answer questions about the books. Students must know answers, such as the author, title, main character, and important events of selected books.

If you are interested in joining the Kailua-Kona Public Library’s first-ever Newbery Quiz Bowl Team, please register. The registration period begins Friday, September 1, 2017, and will close on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Simply fill out a registration card in the Children’s Section, and turn it in to our library staff.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

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

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.

preschool storytime

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

aquaponics

We invite you to attend this free program, presented by Vernon Byrd, to learn about the basics of aquaponics in various settings, including the selection of plants and fish, operational costs and expected outputs, and how to manage pests, nutrient deficiencies and disease. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation for further learning.

Vernon Byrd has a background in conservation biology. He has worked for the past seven years as the leader of the technology and science group at the University of the Nations, Kona Campus. His focus is on empowering people in developing countries to meet their basic needs for food, energy, water and shelter through knowledge sharing, which includes partnerships with other University of the Nations campuses worldwide. Vernon has also previously worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska and Hawai’i.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.). The program schedule is subject to change. Contact the hosting library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

LEGO LEAHI

Join us for creative play with LEGO bricks! This program is suitable for children ages 4-11.

Program is limited to the first 20 children and their adult caregivers. RSVP online for this event by selecting the RSVP function. Reservation period will open on September 16 and will close on September 29 while availability lasts. Please call the library (808-327-4327) or visit the library if reservation assistance is needed.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

This program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona.

preschool storytime

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

'opae 'ula (red shrimp)

Learn about anchialine pools with Dena Sedar, the Interpretive Specialist for Hawai’i State Parks. Anchialine pools are an incredible natural resource, and Hawai’i Island has the highest concentration of them in the world! They are home to ‘opae ‘ula (red shrimp), a tiny species of shrimp that are found only in the Hawaiian Islands.

Program participants will have the opportunity to see live ‘opae ‘ula up close, and will create a paper puppet replica to take home. Program is suitable for children in grades K-5, and is limited to the first 20 patrons. Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

RSVP online for this event by selecting the RSVP function. Reservation period will open on September 27 and will close on October 10 while availability lasts. Please call the library (808-327-4327) or visit the library if reservation assistance is needed.

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

preschool storytime

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

preschool storytime

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.

Program schedule is subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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