North Kohala libraries

The new public library in North Kohala, Hawaii

Today’s post is in response to this week’s Sunday Stills challenge on the theme of ‘For the Love of Reading & Books.’ See more offerings here.

The top photo shows North Kohala’s relatively new public library, which opened in 2010. The library features wind and photovoltaic energy systems as well as a rainwater catchment system. These features helped it gain LEED Gold Certification, the first state building in Hawaii to do so.

The photo below shows the Bond Memorial Library, which served the area from 1929 until the new library’s opening. This building was much smaller – 1,610 sq.-ft. as opposed to 6,000 sq.-ft. for the new building.

When the library moved from the old building to the new, more than 1,000 volunteers lined the road to move the books by hand over the mile plus distance. This echoed the story of King Kamehameha the Great who organized a human chain 20 miles long to carry rocks from Pololu Valley to build Pu’ukohola Heiau near Kawaihae, though I don’t think King Kamehameha’s rock carriers were volunteers.

Back in 2014, there were plans to convert the old Bond Memorial Library to a cultural/historical museum for the area, but nothing has happened yet and the old building still sits there, unused as far as I can tell.

The old Bond Memorial Library in Kapaau, Hawaii.

4 thoughts on “North Kohala libraries

  1. Terri Webster Schrandt

    A great shot of the new library, Graham! I also love the account of volunteers helping with the books, this really illustrates how important books are to culture. Thanks for being a loyal supporter of libraries and Sunday Stills!

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    1. Graham Post author

      Thanks Terri. Libraries are amazing really. Places in this day and age where you can go and get information and read without cost. It’s a priceless resource.

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  2. Cathy W

    What a great bit of history about the passing of the books/rocks from person to person. We have a newer LEEDS library as well (silver level, I believe). The old building still exists, but is now a Mexican restaurant. (Before it was the library, it was the post office.) Here’s hoping your old library building finds a good use soon!

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    1. Graham Post author

      I liked the book passage too. I think the old library will find a use, but this is Hawaii, so things happen in their own good time.


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