FLH presents Senator Russell Ruderman with the Mahalo Award

From left: FLH Director Sam Callejo, FLH Executive Director Nainoa Mau, FLH Director Susan Li, Governor David Ige, Senator Russell Ruderman, FLH President Marlene Booth, FLH Director Lynnae Lee, FLH Director Alan Yamamoto

Photo courtesy of Paul Mark, Information Specialist III - HSPLS


The Friends of the Library of Hawai'i (FLH) has awarded Senator Russell Ruderman, representing legislative District 2, with the Mahalo Award as the FLH Legislator of the Year. The award was presented at the FLH Legislative Breakfast held January 14th at Washington Place in Honolulu.

Governor David Ige was the featured speaker with First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige welcoming invited guests from the Hawai’i State Legislature, Board of Education, Hawai’i State Public Library System, and Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i Affiliates and volunteers. 

The Mahalo Award is presented annually to a State legislator who has demonstrated exemplary support of Hawai‘i’s public libraries during the prior legislative session. Senator Ruderman continues to advocate for a regional library in his Puna district of the Big Island of Hawai’i and his office has worked closely with library staff.

In the past year, Senator Ruderman’s office has worked tirelessly with many agencies, including the Hawai‘i State Public Library System, to ensure the continuation of service for his area in the midst of a number of natural events including Hurricane Iselle and the Kilauea lava flows. Library services were expanded to include 24/7 wireless-internet access during hurricane clean-up and extending through today at the Pahoa Public Library for residents effected by the lava flow.

Elected in 2012, Senator Ruderman serves on the Agriculture, Health, Water and Land, as well as the Ways and Means committees.

The Legislative Breakfast provides a unique opportunity for supporters of the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i State Public Library staff to discuss the needs and concerns of Hawai’i’s public libraries with their legislators and to thank them for their support.

We Have Moved

Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i has MOVED!!!

We have moved our front office to the ground floor of the Kaimuki Public Library 

Please bring donations to our new Kaimuki Public Library ground floor location at 1041 Koko Head Ave. Donation hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday. NOW OPEN the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month! Or, please bring your donations to your nearest library branch. Click here to see our Donation Guidelines.

The 690 Pohukaina Street location in Kaka‘ako is slated for redevelopment and our last day there was December 31, 2014. 


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Five Big Island Libraries Offer 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, Mt. 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.  Visit the Library or our HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org for more information. 

         “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.

Maui County and Big Island Public Libraries Close Due to Hurricane Iselle


In anticipation of the potential threat of Hurricane Iselle, and for the health and safety of patrons and staff, all public libraries in Maui County and on the Big Island will be closed on Thursday, August 7, announced State Librarian Richard Burns.

          The following Maui County public libraries that are normally open on Thursdays will be closed: Hana, Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai, Makawao, Molokai, and Wailuku.     

          Big Island public libraries that are normally open on Thursdays will be closed: Hilo, Honokaa, Kailua-Kona, Keaau, Laupahoehoe, Mountain View, Naalehu, North Kohala, Pahala, Pahoa, and Thelma Parker.  Kealakekua Public Library is normally closed on Thursdays.      

          For more information, please visit the Hawaii State Public Library System’s website at www.librarieshawaii.org.    

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