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

80s teens sitting around

Yo, what’s gnarly and radical? The totally tubular 80s Breakout Challenge at Kailua-Kona Public Library! Summer will soon be over in late July, and, like, totally gag me with a spoon, but just bring your wicked knowledge of this righteous time period to solve the clues with a few friends, take a chill pill, breakout, and like totally score some for sure bad prizes. For teens entering grades 6-12. Reservations in person or by phone required. There will be four 45-minute sessions at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm, with a maximum of 6 teens per session. Please call the library for more information and to reserve a spot. This program is generously sponsored by 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.

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.

red car with hood open and repairman with fluid & tires working on car

Mike from Dixson 76 Service will review simple tasks every car owner should know and how to do-it-yourself.  How do you know when you need to consult an expert? Mike will offer suggestions to determine that too.

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.

FLIP though a selection of fiction books for sale and SIP some coffee on the library lanai every Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 from June 5 through July 31.  There will be no monthly book sales sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona in June or July so come to the library, gather on the lanai, buy and/or read a book, talk story, have coffee, and enjoy the morning.  This event is sponsored by the F.O.L.K. who generously support both Kealakekua Public Library and Kailua-Kona Public Library through their fundraising, educational programming, and inspiring events.

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.

Book cover of Notch, the Rescued Dolphin

Once upon a time in Kona, a beautiful wild dolphin approached humans, in need of help escaping a fishing line. 

The dolphin waited patiently while divers freed him. Martina Wing, co-owner of “Manta Ray Advocates” and the underwater camerawoman who documented the amazing encounter, was inspired by her video’s online virality to share this uplifting, educational story with children through her picture book, ‘Notch, the Rescued Dolphin’.

Dive into the story of Notch with the author, and learn more about the importance of conservation and environmental protection. Copies of Martina’s book will be on sale at the end of the program for $20.00 (cash payment only). 

This program is suitable for keiki ages 5 through 11 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. This program is generously 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

Family of four playing games

All families are invited to the Kailua-Kona Public Library for a fun-filled Family Game Night!

Take a break from your devices and screens: spend time together playing a classic board game, or learn how to play a new game. We are offering 15 board games covering a wide range of strategies, goals, and adventures for all ages and abilities.

The 8 highlighted games below will be featured for play during Family Game Night, and will be available for check out at the end of the program.

Want more play time? You may also check out these games with your valid HSPLS library card for more fun at home!

Currently available games:

  • Blokus
  • Candy Land
  • Catan
  • Chess
  • Connect 4
  • 5-Second Rule
  • Googly Eyes Game
  • Melissa & Doug Suspend
  • Pandemic
  • Scrabble
  • Scrabble Jr.
  • Sequence
  • Spot It
  • Timber Tower Color Matching Playset
  • Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It Board Game

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

Preschool Story Time is back in session at the Kailua-Kona Public Library! 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.

In lieu of a third Preschool Story Time program in the month of August, join us instead for a very special Family Fun Day event on Wednesday, August 14 at 9:30 AM! Please refer to the Family Fun Day flyer for more information.

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

man working in native hawaiian garden

Peter has managed Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook for the last twenty years. He has grown and studied many native Hawaiian plants during his tenure there. Peter is very knowledgeable and passionate about the growth habits, needs and tolerances of the endemic, indigenous and canoe plants that have been grown at the garden. He has overseen the maintenance of the garden during its current transition to new ownership, and will present the possibilities for the community to visit and get involved in the garden once new ownership is finalized. A presentation handout will be provided to help you decide which native plants to include in your garden, landscape or farm.

The Community Seed Library is generously supported by the Friends of the Libraries, Kona (FOLK). 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

Preschool Story Time is back in session at the Kailua-Kona Public Library! 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.

In lieu of a third Preschool Story Time program in the month of August, join us instead for a very special Family Fun Day event on Wednesday, August 14 at 9:30 AM! Please refer to the Family Fun Day flyer for more information.

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

Enjoy Brother Kalima’s slack-key artistry and outstanding vocals combined with Chet Gardiner’s decades of performance experience on lead guitar, bass, and vocals.

This performance 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.

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