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.

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.

pumpkins

The Kailua-Kona Public Library is hosting a book character pumpkin decorating contest! Contest divisions include:

  • Children’s Divisions (Two divisions: K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade)
  • Teen Divisions (Two divisions: 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade)

Stop by the Children’s Section and/or the Teen Section beginning Tuesday, October 3rd through Wednesday, October 25th to pick up a contest rules/entry form.

Entries may be dropped off at the library during library hours only from Thursday, October 19th through Wednesday, October 25th.

Public and staff voting will take place Thursday, October 26th through Tuesday, October 31st during library hours.

Winners will win prizes (see contest rules/entry form for information on prizes) and will be notified on Wednesday, November 1st.

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.

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? Attend our kick-off meeting to learn more.

Registration for the Nēnē Readers reading club will be open until February 2018. Simply fill out a registration card with 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.

'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.

We invite you to join us for the Community Seed Library’s 2nd anniversary celebration! The first hour of this free event will feature guest speakers Nancy Redfeather, Jill Wagner, and Diana Duff who will present seed saving information. Learn why and how to save seeds from your favorite plants and the best way to test seeds before planting. The second hour will be a seed exchange on the library’s lanai. Bring your seeds or cuttings to exchange with other growers. Please no plants in soil or any with diseases or insects. It is helpful if you can package and label seeds and give basic growing information. Locally made celebratory treats will also be available! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.). Photo courtesy of Nancy Redfeather.

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.

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