Wednesday, February 19, 2025

Library Loan Policies and Renewals

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Congratulations, Graduates!

To our Spring 2019 graduating class --

Today is your day! All your late nights and long days are coming to a head with your graduation from Chaminade University of Honolulu. May you look back at your time spent here with fondness as you remember the lessons you learned and the friendships you created. We are wishing you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors and hope that you visit us after graduation to keep us up-to-date on all of your adventures!

Warmly with Aloha,
The Sullivan Family Library staff

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Spring 2019 Library Hours

Spring 2019 Library Hours (BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019)

Sullivan Family Library
Hours Open:
Monday – Thursday 8:15 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 8:15 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:45 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 3:45 pm
Sunday 4:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Closed Holidays:  
Monday, January 21           Martin Luther King / Fr. Chaminade Day
Monday, February 18         Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, March 26            Prince Kuhio Day
Friday, April 19                  Good Friday
Sunday, April 21                Easter Sunday

SUMMER 2019 HOURS (beginning May 13)

SUMMER 2019 **Summer hours begin Monday, May 13**

Hours Open:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Holidays Closed:
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 11 Kamehameha Day
Thursday, July 4 Independence Day

Monday, May 6, 2019

National Nurses Week Book Display

The Sullivan Family Library's National Nurses Week book display.

May 6th is a special day at the Sullivan Family Library because it is the day we kick off the week-long celebration of National Nurses Week!  Running from May 6th to 12th, this is a special time where we can show our appreciation for the valuable role that nurses play in the American healthcare industry.
This year's Nurses Week theme: 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate
to honor the 4 million registered nurses in America.

Long days and late nights are common to nurses who spend their work hours on their feet caring for and supporting their patients yet they are often the unsung heroes of the medical field. Our librarians have cultivated a special collection of books on nursing and pioneers in the field to help celebrate National Nurses Week and highlight the important role nurses play in healthcare and the prevention of disease.
Portrait of Florence Nightingale, Augustus Egg (1840)
Image courtesy Wikipedia Commons

National Nurses Week culminates with the honoring of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing, whose birth date was May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy. Born into an upper-middle class and well-connected family, she went against her parent's wishes and enrolled in a 3-month nursing education program in Dusseldorf, Germany because she felt it was her God-chosen profession to become a nurse. Upon completing the program, Nightingale returned to Britain where she worked as a superintendent of a hospital that catered to "gentlewomen". Throughout her career, her policies on record keeping, sanitation, and statistical analysis changed nursing and laid the groundwork for systematic change in the design and practice of nursing today.

For a rare opportunity to listen to an audio recording of Nightingale's voice, check out this YouTube:

Please stop by the Sullivan Family Library to see our Nurses Week book display and learn more about this profession! For more information, please go to

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Celebrating May Day

As May Day approaches, the Chaminade University of Honolulu librarians wanted to share more about this special day and offer some suggestions from our collection to give more context and meaning to your celebration.

Begun in 1929, May Day (held annually on May 1st) is a celebration of spring, of Hawaiian culture, and of the Hawaiian value of aloha -- love and compassion. On this day, it is common for people to exchange lei as symbol of their love and friendship, for public celebrations to be held surrounding the beauty of lei, and even contents where participants create lavish lei to battle against their competitors.

The tradition of exchanging lei is believed to have arrived to the Hawaiian islands with Tahitian settlers who exchanged garlands of maile lei during peace agreements between opposing parties. Lei was also worn in Tahitian society to show membership of a group.  Today, lei are often exchanged between friends and family members as unspoken signs of aloha between people. Below is a select list of books related to lei customs and May Day for you to enjoy.

Hawaiian lei making: step-by-step guide by Laurie Shimizu Ide
Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishers, 1998
SB449.5.L4 I34 1998 (Hawaiian Pacific Collection)

Easy-to-follow guide to create 47 different Hawaiian lei that can be worn by maker or given as a gift. Shimizu Ide is the author of 14 books on topics related to Hawaiian culture with 8 of her publications focusing in lei making.

May Day/Lei Day By Minako Ishii and Jeffrey Kent
Honolulu, HI: Bess Press, Inc. 2008
GT4945.I84 2008 (Juvenile Collection)

This flip book explores the connection of May Day between England and Hawaii -- its origins, how it is celebrated in each place, and modern activities in the May Day section of the book while the Lei Day section discusses the importance of lei in Hawaiian culture and how lei day has become a large part of local life.

Na lei makamae: the treasured lei by Marie McDonald, Paul Weissich, and Jean Cote (Photographer)
Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2003
SB449.5.L4.M34 2003 (Hawaiian Pacific Collection)

Oral and written information is combined in this book to reveal the significance of making and wearing floral lei and the role lei play in Hawaiian rituals and dance. Within these pages, eighty-five flowers and plants are highlighted for their use in traditional lei construction including their Hawaiian name, botanical information, and wisdom from Hawaiian legends and chants to illustrate special meanings and uses of the plants.

For more information on these books or others like them, email Krystal Kakimoto, the Hawaiian-Pacific Librarian for assistance (

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


The Library will be closed on Friday (4/19) and Sunday (4/21) in observance of of Good Friday and Easter, respectively. However, the Library will be open during its regular hours on Saturday (4/20), 11am-4pm.