Holiday Observance

All public libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 26. For more information, contact your local library or view the statewide holiday schedule.










Free 2016 HSPLS Calendar Strips Available at Libraries


A must-have item for library patrons is back by popular demand! The free 2016 edition of the HSPLS Calendar Strip, which easily attaches to the top frame of a computer screen or on top of a keyboard, is now available at all HSPLS libraries statewide, while supplies last.





The Pearl City Public Library has resumed normal public service hours. For more information, call 453-6566.




Ground is Broken for

New Nanakuli Public Library


The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) conducted a Groundbreaking and Blessing Ceremony for its 51st library – the new Nanakuli Public Library on Saturday, November 21.  Governor David Ige, First Lady Dawn Amano Ige and other invited dignitaries and community residents attended and participated in the ceremony.  


Designed by architect Glenn Miura of CDS International, the $14.8 million library will be built by Watts Constructors, LLC next to Nanaikapono Elementary School.  The 18,000-square-foot library will serve the Nanakuli and Maili communities, including Nanaikapono Elementary and two other nearby schools, and will feature a business center, meeting rooms, and a separate, outdoor program area.  


The Nanakuli Public Library will be an environmentally-friendly facility that is expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification or higher, employing green design elements and technologies such as photovoltaics, energy efficient lighting fixtures, various water conservation strategies, utilizing natural lighting and trade winds, and other sustainable technologies.  The Library will include: shelves to accommodate up to 35,000 books and 3,000 DVDs and CDs, free wireless Internet access with a valid Hawaii State Public Library System library card, computers for public use and catalogs for locating library books and materials, and ample parking for patrons.  The building design is reminiscent of a Hawaiian village setting representing the community’s past and complementing today’s buildings on the Leeward Oahu coastline.


Planning for this library began in 1994 as part of a Program Development Report for Nanaikapono Elementary School.  Design funding became available in 2011 and construction fundings was approved in the 2013 Legislative Session.  Community outreach and programming began in June 2012 with the intent of designing the library to meet the local communities’ needs.  In 2013, HSPLS, with the support of community leaders and legislators, secured legislation (Act 134, SLH 2013) for $15.5 million in land acquisition funds.  Former Gov. Neil Abercrombie released these funds for the new Nanakuli Public Library site on April 8, 2014.




Get Cooking and Crafty for the Holidays

The Holiday Season will soon be upon us! Hawaii’s public libraries are ready to assist you in finding cookbooks with recipes for family get-togethers and parties, and craft books for making decorations and ornaments for your home.


With a valid HSPLS library card, visit your local library and browse for cookbooks in the 640 call number series and craft books in the 740 call number series. You could also search for titles through the online catalog or by calling your local public library for assistance.





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