The Polynesian Voyaging Society at Your Library

Friends of the Library of Hawai’i

Opening Your Door To the World-Wide Voyage!

We are pleased to announce Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i (FLH) is partnering with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, as an official host to help bring community awareness to the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage of the Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia to a library near you. The goal of the voyage is to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The voyage will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 nations (including 12 of UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage sites) through June 2017.

Join us May 20th, from 3:00-7:00 PM at the Waimānalo Public & School Library for the inaugural event. From 3:00-5:00 PM there will be Activity and Education stations to include: the star compass, knot tying, map of the Worldwide Voyage, and peace flags. Stay for the Director’s Screening of the documentary film Papa Mau: The Wayfinder from 5:30-7:00 PM with Q&A with Director Nā‘ālehu Anthony.

Working with selected Public and School Libraries, PVS will provide free educational outreach programs geared to communities throughout the state. Each presentation will include a number of activity and education stations, workshops and movies. In addition, crewmembers and specialists will inspire as they share their expertise and their unique voyaging experiences.

A traveling exhibit of photos and other voyaging materials in addition to books related to subjects presented will be available at the libraries prior to and following the outreach day.  The schedule is not yet confirmed. Please check back soon for more information.

Super Hero Bon Dance Kicks off Oahu Summer Reading Programs

A "Super Hero Bon Dance" 2015 Summer Reading Kick-off Event will be presented on the Great Lawn of the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, June 6 from  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Entertainer Lina Girl will emcee this free special event. The event kicks-off the seven week Summer Reading Programs at the 50 branches of the Hawai‘i State Public Library System. The Summer Reading Programs run from May 31 through July 18 and you may sign up at any time.

Everyone is invited to wear a kimono, happi coat or favorite super hero costume and join costumed super heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman and Star Wars' Storm Troopers at the Bon Dance from 10 a.m. to noon with live music performed by the Aiea Taiheiji Yagura Gumi.  In addition, real-life law enforcement and safety heroes will participate in the event to illustrate some of the various kinds of heroes that will be explored throughout our Summer Reading Programs.  The bon dance event will provide a venue to celebrate our ancestors, who are heroes as well.    


Be a Reading Hero - Join HSPLS Summer Reading Programs

Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the 2015 Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) Summer Reading Programs from May 31 through July 18. Registration for the free seven-week programs at public libraries statewide begins on May 31.  Dates may vary by library; contact your local library for dates and other guidelines. 

Participants who visit their local library and read at least one book per week are eligible to receive a free reading incentive, while supplies last.  In addition to reading, the programs will feature performances by artists from the University of Hawaii's Statewide Cultural Extension Program.  Performance programs will be highlighted on the HSPLS website.

On Oahu, a "Super Hero Bon Dance" Summer Reading Kick-off Event will be presented on the Great Lawn of the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Entertainer Lina Girl will emcee this special event. The bon dance will provide a venue to celebrate our ancestors, who are heroes as well. 

This year, while all of our Summer Reading Programs (SRPs) have an overall theme of "Heroes," each program has their own related theme:


FLH Booksale at the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival

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.

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