Nanakuli Public Library


The new Nanakuli Public Library will be located on 3.675 acres fronting Nanaikapono Elementary School and accessible from Farrington Highway. The library will have a circulating book count of 35,000 to 40,000 volumes. The building contains approximately 17,100 square feet of enclosed area and a 900 square foot covered breezeway entry connecting the library wing to a program room for hosting community meetings. The program room can be opened to a fenced grassed gathering area for outdoor performances. In addition to traditional library functions, the facility will feature a business center with meeting rooms and an acoustically treated “sound room” that can accommodate up to three people for recording such things as oral histories.

Sustainable design elements include photovoltaic panels for electricity generation, and lights on motion sensors for all rooms and between the book shelves. Natural lighting from skylights and clerestory windows will flood the library’s interior to reduce artificial lighting use. LEED® Silver certification is being pursued.

The building design evokes a village setting representing the community’s past and complementing buildings found along the Leeward coastline today. This village quality is captured through the use of several different but connected roof forms ranging from common gable to a traditional Hawaiian roof form over the program room.

Parking for 52 vehicles will be located between the library and the access drive serving both this facility and Nanaikapono School. As part of the site planning process, space was reserved between the library and school for a future Head Start child care facility, potential library expansion and additional parking.

Completion date: 2015                      Cost: $14,500,000 (estimated)