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 at this branch

stained wood blocks

Limited to 8 participants, this free two-day teen art program, inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, explores how shadow and light create images that delight the senses. On March 16, create a design on paper, shade the drawing using soft pencils, then transfer the image onto a block of wood. On March 23, apply stain to the wood block and use special tools to “smudge” the stain, creating an allure of shadows. Teens in grades 6-12 of all abilities and levels of interest are welcome to reserve a place for this two-day event by calling the library!

The class will be taught by Lynnie Roberts who is presently a Teaching Artist with the Society for Kona’s Education and Art. SKEA “serves the Hawai’i Island community by providing arts and educational opportunities through programs, projects, and events that contribute to a vibrant community.”

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.

popcorn and filmstrip

In honor of our Hawaiian community and in honor of 2019 being recognized as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, experience the hit Disney film ‘Moana’ as you’ve never heard it before: in the Hawaiian language/ma ka ‘ōlelo Hawai’i! English subtitles will be displayed to ensure accessibility and to promote reading.

Children and their ‘ohana are invited to join us for this fun family event. Light snacks will be provided until supplies run out. Participants are welcome to bring pillows, dry snacks, as well as personal beverages in closed containers. If you have any questions about movie snack appropriateness, please inquire with Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult caregiver.

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.

Hawaiian crow

Through intensive conservation efforts 20 Alala, the endemic and endangered Hawaiian crow once considered to be extinct in the wild, have been reintroduced to native Hawaiian forests.  Rachel Kingsley, the Education and Outreach Associate for the Alala Project, will provide information about this unique species, an update on the birds that have been reintroduced including behavioral observations, as well as plans for future reintroduction efforts of the Alala.  Please join us to learn more about this highly intelligent and unique crow species, integral to native Hawaiian ecoystems and culture.

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.

small seedlings sprouting in soil

Melanie Bondera will present a free, in-depth CSL workshop introducing several systems for improving your soil’s fertility. She will talk about composting, as well as using compost teas, shade trees, intercropping and cover crops for soil improvement. Soil additives including micronutrients and animal waste will also be discussed. In a review of the chemistry and biology of soil fertility, you will also learn ways to test your soil and augment it accordingly. A compost tea making demonstration will be included. The follow-up Q&A session will allow you to address issues in establishing healthy, rich gardening soil on your site.

Melanie holds a Master of Science from UC Davis and is an agricultural consultant who has worked with FarmWorks Hawai’i and the Kohala Center. She has extensive work experience abroad and domestically working on tropical cropping systems. She has lived for 18 years in South Kona on her certified organic permaculture farm.

The CSL in-depth workshops are normally well-attended and parking is limited. Feel free to come a little early and browse the library’s books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines!

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.

Musicians Keith and Carmen Haugen

Sing along with Cordell Keith Haugen and Carmen U‘ilani as they play American and Hawaiian folk and fun songs. The musical duo has entertained audiences throughout the islands and abroad for more than forty years. This free 45-minute program is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona. This program is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College Statewide Cultural Extension Program with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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.

 

Glow in the dark stars

Learn all about the Summer STARS Program for Hawaii high school girls with Kyla Defore, Geologist at the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration systems (PISCES).  STARS is a free workshop held each summer to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM, meet and be inspired by women who are passionate about their work, get behind-the-scenes at Hawaii’s premier research facilities, and make new friends.  Kyla is a UHH geology graduate who is studying how Hawaii’s basalt can help future explorers live on the Moon and Mars.

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.

Kona Advocacy Training flyer

Sharpen your advocacy skills and learn how to champion the issues that are important to you and your community. Refreshments will be served.

This program is presented in partnership with the Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network. For more information, please contact program presenter Laura Nevitt: lnevitt@hawaii-can.org/808-785-4833

Children must be accompanied by a parent or an 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.

 

 

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