Holiday Observances

All public libraries will be closed in observance of General Election Day on Tuesday, November 4. All public libraries will also be closed for Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11. For more information, contact your local library or view the statewide holiday schedule.











New Orleans Storyteller Featured Performer at Libraries


Storyteller Diane Ferlatte will be the featured artist at selected public libraries in celebration of the HSPLS Fall Programs for Children and Teens. Ferlatte, a New Orleans native, is an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning storyteller, sharing her tales in a multitude of countries on six continents as well as throughout the U.S.A., including previous visits to Hawaii. In addition to receiving numerous honors for her performances, all eight of her recordings have won awards including Parents’ Choice, American Library Association, iParenting Media, Storytelling World, National Parenting Publications, and Children’s Music Web Award. Ferlatte was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008.


Various public libraries will feature other artists from the UH-Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, including local storytellers Ben Moffat and Dann Seki, taiko drummer Kenny Endo, and Korean dancer Bonnie Kim.


This year’s HSPLS Fall Programs for Children and Teens are made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Atherton Family Foundation, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, HEI Charitable Foundation, Meadow Gold Dairies, HMS Host, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, DFS Hawaii, Robert's Hawaii, Toshiba Business Solutions, and Aloha United Way. Additional funding and support is provided by the UH-Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


For a list of upcoming programs, click here.




HSPLS 2014 Employee and Team of Year Awardees Selected 

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) is proud to announce Kristin Laitila, Library Assistant IV in the Hawaii State Library-Hawaii and Pacific Section’s Hawaii Documents Center, as our Employee of the Year, and our Automated Systems Equipment Technicians Team (Team ASET) as our Team of the Year Award winners for 2014.
Laitila, who has worked for HSPLS for seven years, willingly shares her talents while being able to inspire confidence and a feeling of accomplishment in all who work with her. In addition to her regular duties, Laitila planned and coordinated the Hawaii State Library’s 10-month series of programs and displays celebrating their Centennial (1913 to 2013), drawing from her previous work experience as a museum curator, and extensive knowledge as a History major in college. In 2013, Laitila’s biggest work was an over-sized “Scrapbook” timeline of highlights and photos from the Library’s history. She conceptualized, researched, planned, wrote the accompanying narrative, selected the content and historical photos, and designed the layout. Using this format and a vintage look, the exhibit received many compliments and much attention and appreciation.
ASET, the recipient of the 2014 HSPLS Team of the Year Award includes: supervisor Eugene Ishihara, and technicians Nicholas Agao, Javier Alvarez (Kona), Richard Higgins (Kauai), Mark Kaainoa (Hilo), Steven Lysen (Maui), Riki Mukawa, John Patton, Henry Phan, and Galen Uehara.

10-member Team ASET unit supports all 50 HSPLS Libraries on six different islands, as well as our eight Support Offices. Team ASET is responsible for the repair and maintenance of about 800 public and 500 staff computers, 250 HSPLS Mobile netbooks, as well as countless other library-related technologies, such as telephone equipment, printers, scanners, security equipment, and microfilm reader/printers. Over the past three years, these valued staff members have been working to connect fiber optic cables to every HSPLS library. The individual and collective dedication and commitment of the ASETs as they seek to provide quality, uninterrupted services for our patrons and staff is both obvious and impressive. 




Three Big Island Libraries Offer 24/7 Wi-Fi to Puna Area Residents

Updated: October 28, 2014


While the Kilauea lava flow advances into Pahoa Village on the Big Island, three libraries in the region will provide Wi-Fi service that will be accessible 24/7, announced State Librarian Richard Burns. The three libraries will maintain their normal public service hours.


The libraries - Keaau Public & School Library, Mountain View Public & School Library, and Pahoa Public & School 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-Lava 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.



The new self-help interactive forms are also available at














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