Friends of the Library of Hawaii

The Friends of the Library of Hawaii exists to promote and support Hawaii’s public libraries.


The Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i exists to promote and support Hawai‘i’s public libraries. The primary objectives of the Friends of the Library of Hawai’i shall be:

  • To assist in maintaining free public libraries in the state of Hawai‘i.
  • To increase the facilities of the public library system of Hawai‘i by securing materials beyond the scope of the ordinary library budget.
  • To award continuing education and scholarship grants.
  • To focus attention on all public libraries.
  • To encourage and accept by bequest or gift, donations of books, manuscripts, money and other appropriate material that can enrich the cultural opportunities available to the people of Hawai‘i.
  • To promote the extension of library services throughout the state of Hawai‘i.


Established in 1879, the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i (FLH) exists to support and promote Hawai‘i’s 51 public libraries. FLH provides funding outside the regular state budget to support statewide literacy programs, grants to library branches, continuing education for library staff, scholarships for the next generation of librarians, technology upgrades, grant writing and selection of the Librarian of the Year and Excellence in Service awardees each year.


Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i (FLH) is a membership organization. Please support us through membership, donation or bequest; visit one of our fundraisers; or sponsor a program we fund.

Support our Fundraisers:

 ·  Shop at our BOOKS @ Mark’s Bookstore
   in downtown Honolulu.

·  Shop our 10-day Annual Book Sale each
   summer at McKinley High School.

·  Shop the Art & Book Sale (November) at
   Washington Middle School.

·  Shop the Music & Book Sale (January) at
   Washington Middle School.

·  Play in the Links to Literacy golf
   tournament each fall at Kapolei Golf Club.

Participate in and Sponsor our Programs:

·  Join the Reading Programs at the 51
   public libraries.

·  Cheer on the Ko‘olauloa Battle of
   the Books.

·  Visit your local branch for Free Comic
   Book Day.

·  Join a local storytime for Every Child
   Ready to Read tips.

·  Donate to Makana Akamai, the gift of



Nainoa Mau, Executive Director


Lynnae Lee, President

Kathy Fay, Vice President

Gregory Valen, Treasurer

Kalani Sloat, Secretary


Marlene Booth

Jane Dickson

Colin Lee

Susan A. Li

Amanda McCann

Tabitha Mitchell

Keith Oda


Stacey Aldrich, State Librarian

Maia Rosen

Brian Sekiguchi

Allene R. Suemori

Jennifer Thompson

Richard Wasnich

Alan Yamamoto

99-1132 Iwaena St., ‘Aiea, Hawai‘i 96701

P: 808-536-4174

F: 808-536-5232



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