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Seventh Annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii Returns to Its Roots

In its seventh year the popular Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii celebration is jamming its way back to the place where it all started. This year’s event will take place Feb. 7 – 8, 2015, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Make your way down and spend the morning soaking in an enchanting live hula show on Saturday, Feb. 7. Or bring the family to enjoy the lively sounds of top local and Japanese ukulele performers, including Mark Yamanaka, Kris Fuchigami, Brittni Paiva and many more.

New Streaming Children's eBook Service Now Available

New Streaming Children's eBook Service Now Available

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) has received a grant to provide free, full and complete access to the StarWalk Kids Media’s collection of more than 500 streaming children’s eBook titles by award-winning authors and illustrators.

An unlimited number of patrons will have access to these titles simultaneously. These eBooks, intended primarily for the Kindergarten through Grade 8 audience, are available for most tablets through their respective app stores.  This collection will be available from now until December 21, 2015 with a valid HSPLS library card, and must be accessed through our website at www.librarieshawaii.org/starwalk

 

 

HOT’s Opera Express presents The Pirates of Penzance in HPR’s Atherton Studio Jan. 24

HOT’s Opera Express presents The Pirates of Penzance in HPR’s Atherton Studio Jan. 24

Hawaii Opera Theatre's educational touring adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance comes to HPR’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, January 24th. Performed by a small cast from HOT’s Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio, the special child-friendly matinee begins at 1:00 p.m. The show, originally created for grades K – 8, offers opportunities for adventurous audience members of all ages to hoist a sail or swab a deck -- and perhaps even sing a bit.

Tickets for this interactive Atherton Studio event for family audiences are specially priced at $10 for adults and free for youth (under 18-years old). Reservations may be made at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the radio station (808.955.8821) during regular business hours. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

HSPLS Will Conduct System Maintenance on Jan. 9, 2015

HSPLS Will Conduct System Maintenance on Jan. 9, 2015

The Hawaii State Public Library System will conduct a brief system maintenance period after all libraries are closed on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  All library services accessed through our website will be temporarily unavailable.

“We apologize to our patrons for this brief interruption of service while our library staff completes a necessary electrical power upgrade,” said State Librarian Richard Burns.

 

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

All public libraries will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday. 

Fourteen libraries normally closed on Mondays will also be closed on Tuesday, January 20 in observance of the holiday: Aina Haina Public Library, McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Wahiawa Public Library, Waialua Public Library, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library; Waipahu Public Library; Island of Hawaii – Hilo Public Library, Kailua-Kona Public Library, Thelma Parker Memorial Public Library; Maui  – Kahului Public Library, Kihei Public Library, Lahaina Public Library; Kauai  – Hanapepe Public Library and Princeville Public Library.

Visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for regular public service hours.

Interim State Librarian Chosen; Assumes Position in 2015

Interim State Librarian Chosen; Assumes Position in 2015

State Librarian Richard Burns, who is retiring at the end of December 2014 after 30 years of State service including the last seven years as Hawaii’s State Librarian, has appointed Stacie Kanno, Public Libraries Branch Director, to serve as Interim State Librarian to begin the New Year until the Board of Education selects and announces a new State Librarian.

Kanno has served as Public Libraries Branch Director since 2011, Branch Manager of Kapolei and Hawaii Kai Public Libraries, and in various other capacities with the Hawaii State Public Library System.  In 2008, Kanno was selected as the Public Librarian of the Year by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii.   

 

 

Santa Claus and the Mighty Mo Spreading Holiday Cheer, December 24

Santa Claus and the Mighty Mo Spreading Holiday Cheer, December 24

Take free photos with Santa and write a holiday mahalo to Armed Forces members

WHAT: Photos with Santa and “A Million Thanks” Letter-Writing Campaign 

WHEN: Wednesday, December 24, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Battleship Missouri Memorial – Center Pier
Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

COST: Photos with Santa are free to the public. Admission to the Battleship Missouri Memorial is not required, but may be purchased at USSMissouri.org

BASE ACCESS: Round-trip shuttle service is complimentary with the cost of admission. Without admission, there is a round trip shuttle cost of $3.00 per person.