Molokai Public Library


15 Ala Malama Ave, Kaunakakai, HI 96748, United States


Welcome to the Molokai Public Library! Designed by architect Harry K. Stewart, our library opened on May 21, 1937. It is a 3,627 sq. ft. library located in central Kaunakakai and serves as a hub for many community activities.

Upcoming Events

Puppet Master Koryu Nishikawa V & Puppet

Please join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with a master Japanese artist, Koryu Nishikawa V, who is the 5th generation Master Puppeteer of the Kuruma Ningyō style. This 160 year-old form of puppetry is related to the three person style of Bunraku. However, in Kuruma Ningyō, a puppet is operated by a single puppeteer who sits on a small wheeled cart. The puppeteer uses his hands and feet to manipulate the puppet’s arms, legs and head, all while rolling about the stage on the cart. Joining Master Nishikawa is Tom Lee, originally from Mililani, who has appeared in War Horse on Broadway and in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera. This workshop also presents the principles behind traditional sannin zukkai (three person puppetry), the foundation of the Bunraku tradition. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to handle traditional Japanese puppets and draw back the curtain on how these beautiful puppets are brought to life through skillful puppetry technique. Suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

This is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding and support provided by the Performing Arts Presenters of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Program schedule is subject to change.  Please contact the library 10 days in advance if special accommodations are required.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth actors

BOO and HOO are happy, even though they always seem to get an Ouch! Like the time when they got their fingers trapped in the door and the time they fell and scraped their knees. One day BOO and HOO begin to feel other people’s OUCHES. So they set out on an adventure with their box of band aids to fix all the OUCHES in the world. Performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i.

This 30-minute performance is suitable for ages 2 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Program schedule is subject to change. Contact the library 15 days in advance to request a sign language interpreter or if special accommodations are needed.

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Date Time
Monday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 12:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Parking spots 2
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 1
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes


Computers 9
Magazines 50
Newspapers 5
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes