ALERT:  Hana Public and School Library will be open with modified hours for the following dates:  8/13/18 to 8/14/18 8am-11am, 8/15/18 to 8/16/18 11am-2pm; 8/20/18 8am-11am, 8/21/18 8am-4pm, 8/22/18 to 8/23/18 11am-2pm; 8/27/18 8am-11am.  The library will be closed on 8/17/18 to observe the Statehood Day holiday.  The library will resume normal public service hours on Tuesday, 8/28/18.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

Stack of Newbery 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 have a comprehensive understanding of the books they read.

If you are interested in joining the Kailua-Kona Public Library’s Newbery Quiz Bowl Team, attend our kick-off meeting to learn more.

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

LEGO builders ages 4 through 11 are invited to celebrate building creativity at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

Listen to a story about creativity, then let your own creativity loose with LEGO bricks! Share your story about your LEGO creation, and see it proudly displayed in a month-long LEGO exhibit in our main lobby.

Children 5 years old & younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. This program is limited to the first 20 participants. Pick up an event ticket in the Children’s Section as early as 15 minutes prior to the program’s beginning. We hope to see you here!

Come and celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary at Kailua-Kona Public Library! We are looking for teens in grades 6-8 who can solve the Breakout Challenge clues in a limited amount of time to win a special prize! Participation is by reservation only and limited to 16 teens in four groups of four. Please call the library at 327-4327 to make a reservation or for more information.

Fans new to and familiar with the series are also encouraged to take advantage of OverDrive’s digital library promotion. From August 27 to September 10, the ebook version of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ will be available for unlimited access (hawaii.overdrive.com). 

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

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone movie poster

20 years of Harry Potter calls for a celebration! In honor of the Boy Who Lived, the Kailua-Kona Public Library will host a Harry Potter movie night in the Children’s Section open to all ages. Wizards and witches are encouraged to wear their robes or house colors for the big event. The celebration will also include a house-sorting station featuring the Sorting Hat and Trolley witch-worthy snacks!

Light refreshments will be provided until supplies run out. Moviegoers are welcome to bring pillows and blankets to get comfy on our carpet floor. You are also welcome to bring personal dry snacks and beverages in closed containers. If you have any questions about movie snack appropriateness, please inquire with Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian.

Fans new to and familiar with the series are also encouraged to take advantage of OverDrive’s digital library promotion. From August 27 to September 10, the ebook version of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ will be available for unlimited access (hawaii.overdrive.com). 

Tune in for more library programs at the Kailua-Kona Public Library celebrating the anniversary of this magical series!

Children 5 years old & younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

This program is generously sponsored by 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.

 

Puzzle depicting alzheimer's disease

This NEW one-hour interactive program explains the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia; explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s; details the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease; and identifies FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms.  This program is offered by the Aloha Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association: The Brains Behind Saving Yours.

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.

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.

orchids in toilet gardening container

You are invited to the Community Seed Library’s Container Gardening program presented by Merrilynn Drews and Diana Duff! Our presenters have been collectively growing plants for almost a century on farms, as well as in large and small gardens, an in lots of pots! In this session, they will present the ways they have maximized garden space and dealt with challenging growing environments. Merrilynn and Diana have experience growing everything from fig trees to miniature orchids, and a lot of herbs, in standard as well as very unusual containers. Details on plants, soil, care and maintenance will be included in the presentation. We hope to see you there!

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.

Colorful Hogwarts and owl profiles

20 years of Harry Potter calls for a celebration! In honor of the Boy Who Lived, the Kailua-Kona Public Library will host a craft program worthy of any Hogwarts student!

Seek out your own golden snitch at our Quidditch Station! Stop by our Owlery to pick up your very own Hedwig bookmark to help you study for your O.W.L.s! After crafting, visit our miniature Three Broomsticks Station for a refreshing cup of butter beer!

Fans new to and familiar with the series are also encouraged to take advantage of OverDrive’s digital library promotion. From August 27 to September 10, the ebook version of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ will be available for unlimited access (hawaii.overdrive.com). 

This program is suitable for Wizards, Witches, and Muggles ages 6 and older. Craft supplies and snacks will be available while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. Children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

This program is generously sponsored by 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.

 

banned books week 2018 image

Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading a banned book! Open to teens 13+ years old and all adults. Read one of 40 banned books on display at Kailua-Kona Public Library. Write a brief review of the book and be entered into a drawing for a $25 Kona Stories gift certificate or a $10 FOLK book sale gift certificate, four prizes in total to be awarded. See library staff for entry forms. The contest is open September 11 – October 20. Winners will be announced October 23. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

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.

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.

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.

Karen Barry, owner of Quilt Passions, will discuss the history and preservation of Hawaiian quilts.  Karen and her husband have recently opened the Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery, the first museum like it in the State of Hawaii, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing Native Hawaiian culture through fabric.

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.

We will have special guests joining us: the famed heroines of Big Island Princess Parties will join us for a special Fairy Tale Story Time!

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.

Books

Kick off a new season of the NJABCTCC with your summer travel reports.  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.

t-shirt stop sexual assault

Lorraine Davis, the Chief Operating Officer of the YWCA, will talk about the myths surrounding sexual assault and the effects a victim may encounter after the assault. She will provide information about Hawai’i Island statistics and resources for folks if someone they know has been sexually assaulted.

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.

Princess Belle talking to children

Fairy tale fans of all ages are welcome to attend our ‘Once Upon a Story Time’ event, featuring the enchanting heroines of Big Island Princess Parties! Join us for a royal affair, including photo ops, iced tea time, and cupcakes while supplies last.

Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. We hope to see you here!

Books

Kick off a new season of the NJABCTCC with your travel reports.  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.

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.

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