Liliha Public Library

Address

1515 Liliha St, Honolulu, HI 96817, United States
808-587-7577
Liliha Public Library

About

Welcome to the Liliha Public Library! Designed by Steven Oyakawa, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright, our library opened on Dec. 12, 1966. Our uniquely-built library features skylights, rounded corners, and generous allotments of space for all parts of the building to create an ideal mid-sized library. Liliha Public Library is the only library in HSPLS with roof-top parking.


Upcoming events at this branch

beaded friendship bracelets

We will be making pony beads to make friendship bracelets – use your favorite colors or spell out your name! Best for ages 6 and up.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

ChatGPT and a white robot holding a piece of paper

Artificial intelligence like ChatGPT is transforming education and how we access and analyze information. Jonathan Young, a Science and Technology Librarian from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will present a workshop on the basics of how these AI technologies work and how they are being used, and misused, in education and the research process. This will include a hands-on demonstration and exploration of some useful ways ChatGPT can be used effectively that may enrich your own learning experiences.

Jonathan Young is a Science and Technology Librarian at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hamilton Library, specializing in the areas of the Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. Since learning about ChatGPT in 2022, he has been working on several projects to incorporate AI tools into academic library work, and provided multiple workshops at UHM and other library organizations on the effective and ethical use of AI in higher education.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Bokashi compost in a bag, in front of a composting bin

Come learn about EM Bokashi, an exciting new way to compost! By fermenting rice bran or wheat bran with EM・1, you will make EM Bokashi. EM Bokashi functions as a fertilizer, feed, and fermentation base material. It can benefit agriculture, animal husbandry, and more! In this workshop, participants will make one or two small bags of EM Bokashi to take home.

This event is limited to ten people. Please stop by the reference desk or call the library(808-587-7577) to reserve your spot!

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Storytime

Join us for Children’s Storytime every Wednesday. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Suitable for ages 3 to 5. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

photo of Kristiana Kahakauwila

Join us for a storytelling workshop for young writers Thursday, June 20th, 4:00-5:30 PM at Liliha Public Library!

What superpower do you wish you had? What strengths and skills are already yours? In this storytelling workshop with novelist Kristiana Kahakauwila you’ll write and/or illustrate a scene where your superpower gets used, perhaps with unexpected results. Writing and art supplies will be provided.

Kristiana Kahakauwila is the author of the middle grade novel Clairboyance (HarperCollins, May 2024) and the short story collection This is Paradise (Hogarth, July 2013). She is the Director of the creative writing program at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. If she could have any superpower, she would choose to breathe underwater

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. 

cover of "the last sakura" along with pictures of author Ashley Nakanishi and illustrator Toni Silva

Join us for a magical journey into the world of “The Last Sakura: Tales of the Yuta” written by Ashley Nakanishi and beautifully illustrated by Toni Silva.

Immerse yourself in the captivating tale of inspired by indigenous Okinawan and Hawaiian mythology and folklore as we embark on an enchanted reading adventure.

After the reading, unleash your creativity with our children’s craft session, where little ones can explore art rooted in Okinawan and Hawaiian heritage.

This event is perfect for families and children aged 5+.

Celebrate storytelling, culture, and creativity together at this free, local event!

(Materials will be provided)

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Girl reading to dog

Come visit Liliha Public Library and read to a therapy dog! This program is designed to give a child a chance to enjoy reading aloud with no pressure and no judgment. This is a collaboration program with K9 TheraPets.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. All programs are subject to change.

small painting container labeled by numbers

Join us for a relaxing afternoon of painting a paint by numbers canvas!

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

Storytime

Join us for Children’s Storytime every Wednesday. Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and crafts. Suitable for ages 3 to 5. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required.

"Year of the Forest Birds" logo

2024 is officially Ka Makahiki o Nā Manu Nahele (Year of the Forest Birds). A specialist from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry & Wildlife will share information about Hawai‘i’s birds, the threats they face, and efforts to resist extinction. The interactive program will also allow you to hear the different birdsongs, watch a brief documentary featuring hula and other practices related to forest birds, take a virtual field trip to a conservation center, and view some creative clips of a youth video challenge on forest birds. Stickers and activity sheets will be offered.

This free one-hour event is suitable for ages 5 and older.

For a complete schedule of “Year of the Forest Birds” programs, view our online events calendar.


Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity should contact library staff as soon as possible. Advance requests 48 hours or more before the event are encouraged, but not required. Program schedule is subject to change.

Hours

Date Time
Monday Closed -
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed -

Access

Parking spots 31
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 13
Magazines 33
Newspapers 4
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store No
Free computer classes No
Meeting rooms Yes
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No

In State holiday observance of King Kamehameha I Day, all public libraries will be closed on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024.