A groundbreaking and blessing ceremony was held Saturday for the 51st library in the Hawaii State Public Library System, the new Nanakuli Public Library at 89-070 Farrington Hwy.
Gov. David Ige, First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige and other invited dignitaries and community residents attended and participated in the ceremony.
Designed by architect Glenn Miura of CDS International, the $14.8 million library will be built by Watts Constructors, LLC next to Nanaikapono Elementary School.
The 18,000-square-foot library will serve the Nanakuli and Maili communities, including Nanaikapono Elementary and two other nearby schools, and will feature a business center, meeting rooms, and a separate, outdoor program area.
The Nanakuli Public Library will be an environmentally-friendly facility that is expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification or higher, employing green design elements and technologies such as photovoltaics, energy efficient lighting fixtures, various water conservation strategies, utilizing natural lighting and trade winds, and other sustainable technologies.
The library will include shelves to accommodate up to 35,000 books and 3,000 DVDs and CDs, free wireless Internet access with a valid Hawaii State Public Library System library card, computers for public use and catalogs for locating library books and materials, and ample parking for patrons.
The building design is reminiscent of a Hawaiian village setting representing the community’s past and complementing today’s buildings on the Leeward Oahu coastline.