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

The Heart's Invisible Furies book cover

For the month of September, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne.

This 2017 novel tells the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through Cyril, a gay man born out of wedlock to a teenage girl and adopted by an eccentric well-to-do Dublin couple. Adrift in the world, Cyril is at first anchored only by his friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian.

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.

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.

Musician Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson is one of Hawaii’s most versatile and respected musicians. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, the mainland and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, & jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

This 45-minute program will be held in the front lobby and is suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

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

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 credit: Kim Taylor Reece

 

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.

examples of easy cross stitch wallets

Teens ages 11 and up, prepare for Teen Read Week 2018 by making an easy cross-stitched wallet! Choose between a Pacman Ghost or a Mario Super Star for this year’s theme, “It’s Written in the Stars…Read!” Supplies are limited to a first serve, first come basis. This program will be held at the Hawaii State Library’s First Floor Reading Room on Saturday, September 29th from 3:00-4:30pm.

Planning to attend? Use the RSVP button below to indicate your interest!

Program 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. For more information, call the Young Adult Reference Desk at 586-3490.

sumi-e in paradise

The Japanese art of Sumi-e, or ink painting, involves limiting details to capture the essence of the subject.  The art requires only simple materials such as black ink, water, rice paper, & brushes.

Artist Hisae Shouse and her students will display their Sumi-e paintings in the First Floor Reading Room.  This Japanese brush painting exhibition is open to the public during library hours.

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.

mizusashi

This exhibit of traditional mizusashi is presented by Shofu Kai, a group of ceramists at the Hawai’i Potters Guild who have been studying together to learn about the artistry of utensils used in the Japanese tea ceremony, a cornerstone of Japanese culture. 

The mizusashi is the lidded jar that the holds the cold-water that is used to replenish the water in the kama (kettle). Mizusashi are classified by their shape, origins, and other characteristics. Four different styles of mizusashi used by the early tea masters will be presented:  hoso (thin), hira (flat), kaku (square), and yabure bukuro (torn bag).

This exhibit is available to view in the front lobby of the Library during regular library hours.

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.

 

colored pencils and coloring sheet

Bring your friends and relax while coloring beautiful designs and patterns during this free mid-day program. Adults are invited to color in the Art, Music, and Recreation section on the first Wednesday of the month.  Starts on September 5th and continues on October 3rd and November 7th.  All materials will be provided.

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.

sumi-e in paradise

The Japanese art of Sumi-e, or ink painting, involves limiting details to capture the essence of the subject.  The art requires only simple materials such as black ink, water, rice paper, & brushes.

Artist Hisae Shouse and her students will demonstrate the art of Sumi-e at 10:00 a.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.  A reception with the artists will follow.

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 movie poster for Warm Bodies

After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. The two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, and R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. This film runs 1 hr 38 minutes and is rated PG-13.  It will be shown in the Hawaii State Library’s first floor reading room.

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

Scarlet Letter book cover

For the month of October, the HSL Book Group will discuss The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hailed by Henry James as “the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country,” The Scarlet Letter shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of an early New England community.

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.

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.

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