Makawao Public Library

Address

1159 Makawao Ave, Makawao, HI 96768, United States
808-573-8785
Makawao Public Library exterior

About

Welcome to the Makawao Public Library! Designed by architect Edwin Murayama, the library opened on Feb. 22, 1969. Our library provides services to the Makawao community as well as the Upcountry area of Haliimaile, Pukalani, Haiku and Kula. In 2014, our library celebrated 45 years of service!


Upcoming events at this branch

"Year of the Forest Birds" logo

2024 is officially Ka Makahiki o Nā Manu Nahele (Year of the Forest Birds). A specialist from The Nature Conservancy on Maui 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.

Front Lawn of Makawao Public Library with Little Free Gallery and Sculpture

Meet us in front of the Makawao Library this summer for self-paced, no pressure art time!

Wednesdays June 19th, June 26th, July 10th, and July 17th. 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

All ages welcome, no skills required, all supplies provided (while they last!).

Short on time? You are welcome to stop by and pick up a Take Home Art Kit.

Help us celebrate Makawao’s Sculpture Project and our new Little Free Art Galleries where you can discover and exchange artwork with your fellow artists. Check it out here: Little Free Art Gallery – MAUI PUBLIC ART CORPS 

Our many thanks to the Maui Friends of the Library for our art supplies and their continued support of our programming.


Anyone who requires 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.

SNAP Application Assistance

Front of Makawao Library Every Friday 1:30-3:30 PM, except holidays

Get direct help with program questions, application submission, renewal assistance, application follow-up, Kokua Card assistance, document guidance for the SNAP program.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which helps families struggling in today’s economy to afford healthy food from local markets & grocery stores. SNAP benefits can even be used to purchase food bearing seeds and plants.

*If it is a burden to come to the library, you can contact 808- 348- 4718 to arrange for a home consultation. 

For more information – www.projectvisionhawaii.org

Benefit, Employment & Support Services | SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) (hawaii.gov)

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.

Taiko drummer Kenny Endo

Celebrate Summer Reading! Our theme is E Heluhelu Kākou; Moʻolelo, and Hawaii’s public libraries will be celebrating the rich and varied stories that shape our communities.


From the image of snow falling through the sound of taiko to the excitement of samurai shooting arrows while riding galloping horses, taiko has the ability to express a myriad of images and stories. Learn how a small village of farmers and fisherman saved their village through their powerful beating of drums & more. Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific have been entertaining and educating audiences about the Art of Taiko Drumming throughout Hawai‘i and the world.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i. This is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii.


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.

SNAP Application Assistance

Front of Makawao Library Every Friday 1:30-3:30 PM, except holidays

Get direct help with program questions, application submission, renewal assistance, application follow-up, Kokua Card assistance, document guidance for the SNAP program.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which helps families struggling in today’s economy to afford healthy food from local markets & grocery stores. SNAP benefits can even be used to purchase food bearing seeds and plants.

*If it is a burden to come to the library, you can contact 808- 348- 4718 to arrange for a home consultation. 

For more information – www.projectvisionhawaii.org

Benefit, Employment & Support Services | SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) (hawaii.gov)

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.

Jacaranda Tree Purple Flowers

First Wednesday of the Month,  Makawao Library –  5:30 PM

In the winter months when it is dark, this program will be held indoors in the Hawaiiana/computer area.

Program is intended for grown-up storytellers, this is not a keiki storytime. 

[July 3rd, August 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 …]

Program led by Maui Author and Artist Jim Lynch.

Come share stories with us under the jacaranda tree at Makawao Library. Stories can be written by you or your favorite author. Oral storytelling is telling a story through voice and gestures. The tradition of oral storytelling is ancient and crosses cultures. The oral tradition can take many forms: epic poems, chants, rhymes, songs, and more – and can encompass personal experience, myths, legends, fables, religion, prayers, proverbs, and instructions.

This Free program is intended for adults or older children accompanied by an adult. Held in the Hawaiiana section or outdoors only as the weather allows.

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.

Hours

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

Access

Parking spots 22
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 1
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 10
Magazines 86
Newspapers 3
WiFi Yes
Friends' book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No

In observance of the Statehood Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Friday, August 16, 2024.

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all public libraries will be closed from Saturday to Monday, August 31 to September 2, 2024.