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No Passport Application Service at Hawaii State Library on Jan. 28

Travelers seeking passports are advised that the Hawaii State Library’s Passport Application Acceptance Service will not be available for just one day – on Wednesday, January 28.  While this public service at the Federal Documents Section will not be available, the Hawaii State Library will remain open that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Patent and Trademark Searching

Essential Information You Need

to Protect Your Intellectual Property


Wednesday January 28, 2015, 8:30am-4:45pm

Aiea Public Library Program Room

99-374 Pohai Place, Aiea 96701


Registration is required

Call 586-3477 to register by January 23, 2015


Featuring Tom Turner and M. Neil Massong from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Len Higashi of High Technology Development Corporation, Joseph Burns of Hawaii Small Business Development Center and Jayna Uyehara of Business Action Center, this FREE seminar aims to present inventors, entrepreneurs, legal professionals and the general public step-by-step guide and strategies for conducting patent and trademark searches and lessons learned from local entrepreneurs. Come discover ways to protect your intellectual property rights, avoid infringement lawsuits, and launch your business the right way! For details see our Patent & Trademark page.


New Aiea Public Library Location




Airport Garden

January 1 - 31, 2015

Hawaii State Library lobby


In conjunction with the seminar this exhibit will showcase a variety of Hawaii’s important and iconic patent products and trademarks, from unique plants to familiar logos.


Who We Are

The Federal Documents Section was independently formed on April 19, 1971 to accommodate the special collection and is located on the second floor of the Hawaii State Library. We select and help disseminate federal government documents, information and related materials to supplement the general collection of the Hawaii State Library.

The Hawaii State Library was designated a selective Federal Depository Library on May 31, 1929. We provide a resource-rich environment with no-fee access to materials and resources published by the federal government. A dedicated public access computer is available in the section for priority use to search and use any federal government supported website or database.


Other Federal Depository Libraries within the Hawaii State Public Library System include the Lihue Public Library on the island of Kauai and the Kahului Public Library on the island of Maui.

This Section was designated the sole Patent and Trademark Resource Center in Hawaii, and for the Pacific area, on December 18, 1989. We have been a certified Passport Acceptance Facility since July 15, 2003 and a Hawaii State Data Center Affiliate for the Hawaii State Library since March 12, 2007.