Nanakuli Public Library



NANAKULI PUBLIC LIBRARY is located on 3.675 acres fronting Nanaikapono Elementary School and accessible from Farrington Highway. The library 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. It has a circulating book count of 35,000 to 40,000 volumes. The program room can be opened to a fenced grassed gathering area for outdoor performances. In addition to traditional library functions, the facility features 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 light fixtures with motion sensors for all rooms and between the bookshelves. Natural lighting from skylights and clerestory windows floods the library’s interior to reduce artificial lighting use. 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 is 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. LEED® Silver certified.

Completion date: 2018                      Cost: $14,500,000 (estimated)

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