Now Available: 76 $0 Cost Textbook Classes

November 23, 2015

Check the 2016 Spring Class Availability for 76 classes at Kapiʻolani Community College that will have cost-free textbooks!

These include courses in English, Biochemistry, Art, Chemistry, Ethnic Studies, English as a Second Language, Geology, Hawaiian Studies, Law, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Zoology, Music, and Geography. Look for the notation “Textbook Cost: $0” in the comments section for these classes in the spring 2016 Class Availability Listing.

In support of our students and the UH system-wide initiative to adopt Open Educational Resources (see, the Library and CELTT have been helping faculty adopt and create quality no-cost, low-cost, and openly licensed learning resources to reduce costs for students and share our educational resources with other faculty. Contact Sunny Pai ( at the Library and Learning Resources to learn more.

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Special Event: Rainforest Puʻuhonua Reading

November 10, 2015


Kahikāhealani Wight, author of Learn Hawaiian at Home & Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary, will read from her new book:
Rainforest Puʻuhonua: a memoir of cultural awakening at the Lama Library Alcove, Thurs. Nov. 19, 12:15pm.


Kahi Wight flyer

Special Event: Transgender Awareness Week

November 4, 2015
These free events in the Library and in the Auditorium (Ohia 118) are open to students, faculty, staff, and the community:

Screening of The Glades Project and discussions with Connie Florez on the history of transgender in Chinatown, Honolulu.
Tuesday November 17, 2015
Lama 116

Screening of Kumu Hina and discussions with Hina Wong-Kalu on transgender identity in Hawaiian culture.
Wednesday November 18, 2015
Ohia 118 Auditorium


Special Event: Fall 2015 Literary Reading

October 29, 2015

Four guest authors will present their work at this event:

Thursday, November 5, 2015
10:45 – Noon
Lama Library Media Alcove

  • Juliet Kono-Lee, is both a poet and fiction writer. She is a recipient of the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Excellence in Literature for her most recent novel, Anshu: Dark Sorrow.
  • Jean Toyamaʻs recent publications include a volume of short stories in The Piano Tunerʻs Wife and a volume of renshi poems in No Choice But to Follow.
  • Shareen Murayama is currently a candidate for her MFA in poetry at Oregon State University. She lives and writes in Honolulu.
  • Mavis Hara is the author of An Offering of Rice, a collection of stories.

We will also be giving away 2 copies of Issue No. 106 of Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawaiʻi Literature and Arts in which all of our guest authors have been published.

For more information, please contact
Lisa Kanae at or Gail Harada at

Now Available: The Study Hub

September 4, 2015

Study with us!  Get support in all levels of writing or math from Student Mentors and Faculty Volunteers at the Study Hub in the Lama Library Alcove (first floor, down the ramp to the right of the stairs).

Study Hub support is available Monday to Friday during regular library hours. Drop by during hours listed here. The schedule may change subject to mentor availability.

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Makerspace: Build-A-Book

August 24, 2015

Fun! Free! Sustainable DIY!

Make your own collectible notebooks and personalized writing pads using recycled magazines, dot-matrix printer paper and Japanese bookbinding stitches. A fun, easy, useful sustainability project! Materials provided or bring your favorite paper.

Where: Lama Library Alcove.

Date: From August 24 to September 11, 2015.

When: During Library opening hours.


Makerspace notebook poster

Special Event: Native Voices – Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness

June 1, 2015

The National Library of Medicineʻs traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, is on display in the lobby of Lama Library this summer until early August 2015, during library hours.

native voices display

The exhibit examines health and medicine among contemporary Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews, artwork, objects, and interactive media. A display on laʻau lapaʻau (Hawaiian medicinal plants) accompanies this exhibit.

native voices display cases

Native Voices is brought to you by KCC’s Lama Library and the National Library of Medicine. For more information, visit

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