Waikiki Kapahulu Library, Honolulu, Hawaii – a busy library is a good library

Written by Library Planet editor Marie Eiriksson, library consultant at Gladsaxe Public Libraries, Denmark.

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Just a short walk from Waikiki beach we found this little treasure.

The day was very hot and the library trip was a welcome break from the midday sun for me and my family. It was a tranquil spot in the middle of the buzzing beach area.

The libraries of Hawaii are all part of the same system. If you get a library card for one library, you can check books in and out in either branch. Even if you go island hopping. So yay for not having to carry a lot of books around on your vacation.

You can get a temporary card (3 months) for 10 dollars!

Walking in to the library we were immediately captured by the light and beautiful room.

The staff at the reference desk were busy. I find that a busy library is generally a good library and I didn’t want to take time away from the regulars. I did talk to a guard who informed me that there was also a Library for the Blind next door. Unfortunately we did not make it in there.

The boys started browsing right away and made it to the childrens section pretty fast. As the room was open and the childrens section had very nice and kid-friendly furniture and decorations, it was easy for them to spot it.

Through out the library there were beautiful decorations like this butterfly mobile. They also had a big one of local fish.

Every table had charts, posters or some other sort of information under glas. The boys spend a while looking at the lineage of the Royal Hawaiian families and one on notable african americans in hawaiian history.

while you are here you should catch a ukulele lesson!

As I said the library is very near Waikiki beach but if you are in Honolulu I also recommend the Pearl Harbor memorial and the maitais!

Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library

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