The Bookmobiles travel weekly to provide families on the Waianae Coast and East Oahu with access to books and, hopefully, a life-long love of reading and learning. In Waianae, the Bookmobile visits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wai‘anae and Nanakuli, and housing developments like Kauiokalani, Mā‘ili Land, ‘Ohana Ola O Kahumana, as well as family homeless or emergency shelters like Pai‘olu.

The children can read and check out books; there are also books for young people and for adults. Each day there are also various literacy-related activities. The Bookmobile is equipped with tablets for the children and/or their caregivers to use.


west oahu Schedule

3:00-4:45 pm         Kauhale Kamaile
5:00-6:30 pm         Kaui‘okalani
6:45-8:15 pm         Pai‘olu Kai‘aulu      

2:30-3:55 pm         Sunflower/Waimaha
4:00-4:45 pm         Wai‘anae Boys & Girls Club
5:00-6:30 pm         Kulia I Ka Nu‘u 

1:30-3:00 pm         Villages of Maili (formally Ulu Ke Kui)
3:15-4:45 pm         Hale Wai Vista           
5:00-6:30 pm         ‘Ohana Ola O Kahumana

2:30-3:30 pm        Nanakuli Boys & Girls Club 3:45-4:45 pm        Mā‘ili Land
5:00-6:00 pm      Wai‘anae Boat Harbor  

Town-based bookmobile schedule

3:30-5:00pm         Kahauiki Village


2:30-3:30pm           Kaahumanu Homes    
3:45-5:00pm           Kamehameha Homes

1:30-3:00pm        Kukui Gardens
4:30-6:00pm Papakolea Community Center


Volunteers assist in literacy activities, read to children, help adults and children check out books and use the laptop computers. Currently, site visits are weekday afternoons. We ask for a minimum commitment of one visit per week, for at least four months. A criminal background check is required.


Waianae Bookmobile

Marie Ramos, Bookmobile Coordinator
Tel: (808) 225-5052

Natashya Nihipali, Bookmobile Assistant Program Manager

Town Bookmobile

Holly Kamana, Bookmobile Coordinator

Girls Leadership Group

The Bookmobile and its operation are made possible with generous support from:

The Harry & Nee Chang Wong Foundation, The Pizza Hut Literacy Fund, The James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation, State of Hawaii Grant in Aid, Hawaiian Electric Company, and the Friends of Hawai‘i Charities