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

Books

The Newbery Quiz Bowl (NQB) is an annual competition unique to Hawai‘i Island that celebrates readers and the best of children’s literature. Teams of students in the 4th through 7th grades are tasked with reading, comprehending, and remembering content from a rotating list of 40 Newbery Award-winning chapter books each year.

If you are interested in taking on this literary challenge as a member of the Kailua-Kona Public Library’s NQB team, the Page Masters, please attend our meetings to meet Ms. Jen and seasoned members of the team. We will discuss all that it takes to be a part of this exciting competition. Open recruitment ends Tuesday, November 19. We hope to see you there!

The Page Masters are proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Historian Boyd D. Bond

All the Kings and Queens of Hawaii had personal mottos they lived and ruled by, yet our state motto comes from none of these.  In many ways, it is the answer to a question posed in February of 1843 by Kamehameha III, who answers his own question in a speech he gave later in July of the same year at the conclusion of what is known today as the “Paulette Affair”. These events also led to the creation of the first Hawaiian national holiday known as La Ho’iho’i Ea on July 31st.  Historian Boyd D. Bond will uncover the true meaning of the Hawaii State Motto and what King Kamehameha III was saying when he spoke to his people back in 1843.   This program is made available through a generous grant from 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.

Colorful Hogwarts and owl profiles

Join us at the Kailua-Kona Public Library for a variety of activities in celebration of the Boy Who Lived and the wonderful wizarding world created by beloved author J.K. Rowling.

  • Get sorted into your house by the Sorting Hat!
  • Visit The Three Broomsticks for a cup of Butterbeer!
  • Customize your own wand at Ollivander’s Wand Shop!
  • Test your knowledge of the Harry Potter series for wicked cool prizes!

This program is suitable for Wizards, Witches, and Muggles ages 7 and older. Craft supplies and snacks will be available while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

knitting sample

Here’s a chance to learn the basics of knitting and to complete a project.  Instructors Joann D’addo and Karen Wong will assist the participants in creating a “wash cloth”, supplies will be provided for the project.  Space is limited to eight (8) participants so please let us know if you plan to attend by calling the library at 327-4327 to reserve your seat.

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.

Sewing kit

Learn basic hand-sewing techniques for various mending projects with Catherine Molina-Summers.  Master these fundamentals and you’ll walk away with a neat, sturdy fix every time.  This is another program in our Adulting 101 series where you can learn basic, handy life skills.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change.

It's story time

The Preschool Story Time session scheduled for September 19 has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 26! 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope to see you all on this new date 🙂

Children (2-5 years old) and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Preschool Story Time is typically scheduled for the first three Thursdays of each month, August through April.

Preschool Story Time is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

Books

Tell us about your summer travels far and near.  Monthly meetings of the Circle will resume this month. 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.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.  We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations.  All programs are subject to change.

yarn and knitting needles

Here’s a chance to socialize with knitters, to work on your project, and share ideas.  Bring your own chair, your project, and a beverage and meet on the library lanai to knit away.

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.

pumpkins

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

  • Children’s Divisions
    • Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
    • 3rd Grade through 5th Grade
  • Teen Division
    • 6th through 12th Grade

Stop by the Children’s Section and/or the Teen Section beginning Tuesday, October 1st through Saturday, October 19th to pick up a contest rules/entry form.

Entries may be dropped off at the library during library hours only from Tuesday, October 15th through Saturday, October 19th.

Public and staff voting will take place Tuesday, October 22nd through Tuesday, October 29th during library hours.

Winners will win special prizes (see contest entry form for full details), and will be notified on Wednesday, October 30th: 

  • Children’s Divisions:
    • 1st place winners: $25 Kona Stories Bookstore Gift Certificate
    • 2nd place winners: F.O.L.K. Booksale Gift Certificate
  • Teen Division:
    • Two top winners: Two $10 Starbucks Gift Certificates and a F.O.L.K. Booksale Gift Certificate

All entries will be available for pick-up at the library beginning Wednesday, October 30th. All entries and/or prizes must be picked up at the library by Saturday, November 2nd. 

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

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date. We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

It's story time

Children (2-5 years old) and their caregivers are invited to join Ms. Jen the Children’s Librarian for stories and learning activities that promote early literacy skills.

Preschool Story Time is typically scheduled for the first three Thursdays of each month, August through April.

Preschool Story Time is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (F.O.L.K.).

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days prior to the program date.We will make every attempt to fulfill all requests for accommodations. All programs are subject to change. For a list of upcoming library events, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events

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