Holiday Observance


In observance of Labor Day, all public libraries will be closed from Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1.


Four libraries normally closed on Fridays will be open on Friday, August 29:  Aiea Public Library, Hawaii Kai Public Library, Liliha Public Library, and Makawao Public Library. In addition, Kealakekua Public Library, normally closed on Thursdays, will be open on Thursday, August 28.


For more information, contact your local library or view the statewide holiday schedule.


















Five Big Island Libraries Offer 24/7 Wi-Fi to Puna Coastline Residents

In the aftermath of Hurricane Iselle’s destruction in the Puna District of the Big Island, five libraries in the region will provide Wi-Fi service that will be accessible 24/7 until electrical power is restored in the area, announced State Librarian Richard Burns. The five libraries will maintain their normal public service hours.


The libraries - Keaau Public & School Library, Mountain View Public & School Library, Pahoa Public & School Library, Pahala Public & School Library, and Naalehu Public Library - will offer after hours Wi-Fi access as far as the signal extends beyond the perimeter of the buildings.  Wi-Fi users are advised to connect to the HSPLS-Iselle Network.  For more information, contact a local library.  


“In an effort to provide access to the resources our Puna neighbors need at this critical time, we are extending the hours of our free Wi-Fi service so they can access the Internet for information, communication, recovery resources and other necessities,” said Burns.



New Partnership Uses Technology to Assist Public with Legal Forms



The Hawaii State Public Library System, in partnership with the Hawaii State Judiciary and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (Legal Aid), will provide access to the Self-Help Interactive Court Forms on the library system's 800 Internet computers and 250 netbooks statewide. Legal Aid utilized state-of-the-art software to develop the self-help interactive forms, which will help guide the public in how to identify and complete civil legal forms. The software also includes a new chat feature to enable individuals to ask questions directly to Legal Aid about the self-help forms on its LawHelp website.


“Identifying and then filling out the correct court form can sometimes be a complicated process. Together, we have identified the 13 most frequently used civil legal forms and found a solution to assist self-represented litigants fill out these forms,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. “This software is similar to computerized tax preparation programs and will assist users to fill out forms easily and correctly. This is a great resource for the public, and will help the courts process cases more effectively and efficiently,” adds Chief Justice Recktenwald.


“We are so grateful for the commitment from the librarians across the state, who are going above and beyond to assist self-represented litigants,” said M. Nalani Fujimori Kaina, Executive Director of Legal Aid. “We felt that libraries would be the natural partner for us to provide self-help services because library staff members are already trained in assisting the public with research issues. We want to thank all the librarians who share their time, skills and experience to help expand Access to Justice.”


The Judiciary’s Self-Help Interactive Forms Expansion project was made possible by a grant from the State Justice Institute and builds on funding Legal Aid received from the Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant.


“This new service is absolutely free for the public,” said State Librarian Richard Burns. “We often receive questions from the public about how to file for divorce, file a small claim, or from people who are facing landlord-tenant issues, and this new software program will help us better serve the public.”


The new self-help interactive forms are also available at





Eleven Foreign Languages Added


Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) has added 11 foreign languages to its Mango Languages electronic resource. Mango Languages, an online language-learning software system, debuted its Hawaiian language resource for library patrons on our HSPLS website in December 2013.


HSPLS patrons can learn the Hawaiian language anytime, anywhere, free via the Mango Languages resource. The Mango Languages system offers a unique learning environment that allows patrons to take lessons at their own pace. Memory-building exercises are embedded into each unit to ensure that patrons retain what they learn.


The foreign languages added are: Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swahili, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern), and Arabic (modern standard).


More information




State Librarian Retires This Year

Praises HSPLS Milestones 

Richard Burns, who has served with distinction as the State Librarian of the Hawaii State Public Library System since January 2008, has informed the Board of Education of his retirement at the end of the year, completing more than 30 years of dedicated service, the last seven as Hawaii’s State Librarian.
















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