Important Alert #1:  The Hilo Public Library's restrooms, except for those in the Children's Section, are not in service as of Friday, January 11, 2019. No ADA restrooms are available at this time. The estimated time of repair is Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  We apologize for this inconvenience to our Hilo library patrons.

Important Alert #2:  The Kaneohe Public Library will be closed for approximately one month, starting January 2, 2019 for a parking lot improvement project.  The book drop will be closed from 10 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018  and remain closed until the library reopens. During the closure, borrowed items may be returned to any public library. Updates on the reopening of the Kaneohe Public Library will be posted on our website. We apologize for this inconvenience to our Kaneohe library users.

North Kohala Public Library

Address

54-3645 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kapaau, HI 96755, United States
808-889-6655

About

Welcome to the North Kohala Public Library! Designed by CDS International, our $7.8 million, 6,000 sq.-ft. “green” library opened on Nov. 8, 2010. In Dec. 2011, we became the first HSPLS library and first state building in Hawaii to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Creative and innovative design features including wind and photovoltaic energy systems have helped us save about $1,500 annually on electricity bills.

Upcoming Events

Scrabble tiles on a rack spelling out Mediation

Every Tuesday afternoon, come to the library and enjoy a game of Scrabble® with friendly people. This activity is open to all!

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.

LEGO LEAHI

North Kohala Public Library invites you to join the after-school activities club on selected Wednesdays for ages 6 and up. Come for a fun afternoon of building and creating with Lego® blocks! Please call for more information.

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.

Cancer Support Group

Come to the library and join the Cancer Support Group. Share stories, ideas, and kindness with other members of your community. All are welcome.

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.

10a.m. Fridays Storytime

The Library would like to invite you to join us for storytime fun. We host storytime every Friday for keiki ages 2-5 and their caregivers. The program includes stories, songs, and crafts. Storytime has many benefits, such as helping brain development by increasing knowledge, vocabulary, imagination, and concentration.

Program is suitable for ages five and under.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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: A Design of His Own

Come to the North Kohala Public Library on January 28 at 6:00 pm and meet Mark Eaton and Virginia Fortner as they launch their book, A Design of His Own.

“A Design of His Own” is Hawaii resident, Michael Eaton’s story as a boy who grew up near the Pacific, learned the value of work at an early age, stuck to his principals, got some lucky breaks, knew a smile always helped, and brings few regrets to this late stage of life. His shaper’s touch came after driving hotrod Yellow Peril across Route 66, encountering pirates outside Singapore, gliding California valleys, surfing waves, and going solo with his business. There’s wisdom, humor, and more than a little adventure in the tales of his remarkable life, mostly told in Mike’s words after illness robbed him of the ability to write.

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.

Enhance your Hawaiian Language skills

Na Imi Ike is an Olelo Hawaii study group open to all ages and skill levels. Their goal is to create of group of motivated learners in North Kohala who will support each other towards fluency in the Hawaiian Language. Programs are the last Thursday of every month starting at 3:30p.m. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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

Chess Club

Join the Chess Club at the North Kohala Public Library and test your skills against players of all ages. Whether you are an experienced player or a beginner, you will be able to enjoy this classic game in the company of friendly people. Young children must be accompanied  by a parent or a caregiver.

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.

Jack Tottle and the Bluegrass Jack Band

With the band Bluegrass Jack, in which he is joined by Anne Pontius and Chris Wejrowski, Jack Tottle has been performing his music regularly on the Big Island since 2010. Bluegrass Jack is looking forward to an evening of sharing music and a few stories with everyone at the library.

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.

Boyd Bond Portrait

Join us at the North Kohala Public Library for the first installment of a three-part series on Hawaiian history. Boyd Bond will talk about the office of Kuhina Nui and the Kamehameha Dynasty.

Soon after Kamehameha I died, his wife Kaʻahumanu declared herself as “Kuhina Nui” a co-regent, to rule alongside with the founder’s son Liholiho, Kamehameha II. Dual rulers are rare in world history, and Kaʻahumanu was often incorrectly described as the Prime Minister of the kingdom by visiting foreigners not familiar with the concept. On Monday night we will explore the four women and two men who held this position, and how it came to an end.

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 The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Library’s book group meets at 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.  For the February book discussion, participants will read “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin.

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.

writer's group

Join the North Kohala Public Library’s writer’s group from 10 a.m. until noon on the third Tuesday of each month to exercise and enhance your writing skills.  For beginning writers or published authors–the timid, the brave–serious or amateur–prolific or blocked.  The group is facilitated by Eila Algood, who asks that you bring pen, paper, and any writing samples you may want to share.

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.

Banyan 1 acre lot in Hawi

Come to the library to lay out a variety of design concepts for the Banyans 1 acre county lot in Hawi.

*Please note that a visit of the site is scheduled at 5:30 pm on February 25.

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.

Teens making jewelry

Attend a special jewelry making class for teens. Jewelry artist Sid Nakamoto will demonstrate a simple and beautiful jewelry design. Materials will be provided for participants to create their own jewelry piece.

To register for this activity, please call the library at 889-6655.

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.

Boyd Bond Portrait

Join us at the North Kohala Public Library on March 11 at 6:30 pm for the second installment of a three-part series on Hawaiian history. Boyd Bond will talk about Prince Jonah Kūhiʻō.

Jonah Kūhiʻō Kalanianaʻole, a nephew of Queen Kapiʻolani from Kauai, was one of the three designated heirs of both King David Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani, who never had the chance to rule following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. After a self-imposed exile, the Prince returned to be elected to the US Congress as a Hawaiʻi’s Territorial Representative, and was beloved by his people throughout his life. Join us to hear the tale of this amazing modern Aliʻi.

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.

Boyd Bond Portrait

Join us at the North Kohala Public Library on April 08 at 6:30 pm for the final installment of a three-part series on Hawaiian history. Boyd Bond will talk about the word Kapu and the Kapu System.

Although we still see it in use on pasture gates, the word ‘Kapu’ does not literally mean “No Trespassing,” although that admonishment is certainly implied! The word has many meanings and implications, both ancient and modern.  On Monday night we will explore the various meanings of the word, from the Kapu System of old Hawaiʻi to applications of kapu in modern times. Please join us!

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 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED – CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 18
Parking fee Free
Handicap parking spots 1
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 11
Magazines 31
Newspapers 3
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store No
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services Yes