Hawaii State Library

Address

478 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States
808-586-3500

About

Welcome to the Hawaii State Library, the flagship of the Hawaii State Public Library System! With financial assistance from Andrew Carnegie, the present location was acquired and the existing building was built and opened on Feb. 1, 1913. We have a variety of special features, most notably our Hawaii & Pacific Section, the Edna Allyn Room Children’s collection, and also the Federal Documents Section, which has been a Selective Federal Depository Library since 1929. We are located in the historic capitol district of Honolulu, next door to the only Royal Palace in the United States.

Upcoming Events

Filipino American Veterans WWI & WWII Exhibit

The Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii will have two Filipino American Veterans exhibits on display in the lobby of the Hawaii State Library.  Their WWI exhibit describes the experiences of Filipino plantation workers who volunteered to defend Hawaii during WWI as part of the Hawaiian National Guard.  Over  4000 Filipinos were recruited in the lead up to and during the war. 

The WWII exhibit covers the participation of Filipinos in the Philippine Campaign, especially as part of the First and Second Filipino Regiments, and the part Filipinos in the Philippines played during Japan’s occupation.  In both exhibits, the promises made and not kept by the United States and Hawaii Territorial governments are described.

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.

artistic honu in line

The first annual Ohana Art Contest Exhibit will display drawings by Hawaii K-8 students in the First Floor Reading Room.  The drawings portray the contestant’s experiences with his/her family.  The art contest is sponsored by the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW), 3 Point Scholarship Hawaii, and Reiyukai America.

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.

clipart image depicting glue scissors paper

Adults and older children are welcome to enjoy this free craft program on the 3rd Saturday of the month in the Art, Music, and Recreation section of Hawaii State Library.

Collage a journal cover on September 15 and make an origami phone holder on October 20.  (A Christmas craft program will be held on November 17.)  All supplies will be provided.  Space is limited.

Please sign up by calling 586-3520 or visiting the Art, Music, & Recreation section.

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.

Photo of Niall de Burca

Storyteller extraordinaire, Niall de Búrca returns to the Hawaii State Library this November. One of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers, de Búrca has presented his award-winning performances around the world at schools, libraries and festivals.

Don’t miss this rare chance to catch Niall and his energetic and captivating performance! The performance will take place in the First floor Reading Room.

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 National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii.

All programs are subject to change. If you require and auxiliary aid or accommodation due to a disability, please contact the library at least 7 days before the program date.

letter and pen

The Letter to My Parents Contest is a writing contest for Hawaii residents, ages 14-22, on maintaining and improving family relationships.  Ten finalists will read their letters to their parents and the audience in the First Floor Reading Room.  The annual contest is organized by Kalamansi Books & Things, Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW), and Reiyukai America

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.

Cartoon caterpillar reading a book

Join us for a fun and interactive storytime in the Edna Allyn Room for Children. This program is suitable for ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. 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.

a pile of LEGO blocks

LEGO lovers can join us for an hour of free play with LEGO bricks. This program is recommended for ages 5-12. Children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please register at the Children’s Reference Desk from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on the day of the program. No pre-registration. Seating is limited.

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.

Saturday Afternoon at the MOvies logo featuring the movie Labyrinth

Babysitting infant stepbrother Toby on a weekend night isn’t young Sarah’s idea of fun. Frustrated by his crying, she secretly imagines the Goblins from her favorite book, Labyrinth, carrying Toby away. When her fantasy comes true, a distressed Sarah must enter a maze of illusion to bring Toby back from a kingdom inhabited by mystical creatures and governed by the wicked Goblin King. This movie is 1 hour 41 minutes long and is rated PG. It will be shown in the first floor reading room at the Hawaii State 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.

 

simple loop earring finished project

The simple loop is a basic wirework skill and the foundation of many jewelry applications. We will practice making the loop, and then make a pair of earrings to keep or give as a gift. All tools and materials will be provided. The program will be held in the Art, Music and Recreation Section loggia.  Space is limited, please call the library at 586-3520 to reserve a 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.

Stack of boxed games

Come and play games at the library, in the Edna Allyn Room for Children, every second Saturday of the month. No registration required – just show up and play!  Recommended for children ages 3+ (children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult). Call or visit the library to confirm (there will be no game day on state holidays).

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 for The Stupidest Angel

For the month of December, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore.

In this irreverent tale by popular humor writer Christopher Moore, seven-year-old Josh is sure he saw Santa take a shovel to the head and prays for Santa to come back from the dead. Archangel Raziel, who unfortunately doesn’t have the brightest halo in the bunch, botches his attempt to answer Josh’s prayers, sending the residents of Pine Cove, California headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

The HSL Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Language, Literature, and History Section. New members are always welcome. No registration necessary. Inquiries about the Hawaii State Library Book Group can be directed to hslbookgroup@gmail.com or (808) 586-3499.

Hours

Date Time
Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED – CLOSED

Access

Parking spots 0
Parking fee Metered
Handicap parking spots 2
Book drop off Yes
Restrooms Yes

Services

Computers 54
Magazines 208
Newspapers 24
WiFi Yes
Friends’ book store Yes
Free computer classes Yes
Meeting rooms No
Photocopying Yes
Test proctoring services No