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Hawaii State Library, Honolulu

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The Hawaiʻi State Library is an historic building in Honolulu, Hawaii that serves as the seat of the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System, the only statewide library system and one of the largest in the United States. The Hawaiʻi State Library building is located in downtown Honolulu adjacent to ʻIolani Palace and the Hawaiʻi State Capitol. Originally funded by Andrew Carnegie, the building was designed by architect Henry D. Whitfield. Groundbreaking took place in 1911 and construction was completed in 1913. In 1978, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places, as a contributing property within the Hawaii Capital Historic District.
The building holds over 525,000 cataloged books. The entire Hawaiʻi State Public Library System has a collection of over 3 million books. Nearby is the Hawaiʻi State Archives which holds book collections of historical significance to Hawaiʻi. The Edna Allyn Children's Room houses murals by artist Juliette May Fraser depicting Hawaiian legends while the garden courtyard features a mosaic of ocean currents by Hiroki Morinoue. Barbara Hepworth's cast bronze sculptures called Parent I and Young Girl greet visitors at the lawn in front of the building.
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  • In the historic area of Honolulu filled with gorgeous government buildings, one standout is the Hawaii State Library. The large verdant lawn and huge old shade trees, make this building welcoming...  more »
  • This place is the biggest library of Oahu island, and historical building. Specially, Hawaiian section will provide you very interesting books. Originally, I visited passport renewal with my kids...  more »
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  • Clean, spacious, and quiet place to study. The little department that handles passport affairs could use a personality lift or provide more confident answers about renewals. I got 2 different answers; best thing to do is get the form from here and mail in your renewal form, otherwise you have to pay a separate "processing" fee for them to do the same thing you'd do manually. 😑
  • Best library on Oahu lots of space to sit and staff member helping is friendly. Aslo can apply for a passport up stairs.

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