In consultation with Kupuna Kahumoku Kapu, cultural advisor, the Maui Friends of the Library and Rotary Club of Lahaina plan to install Native Hawaiian plants and trees in the final phase of their $300,00 moderization of the Lahaina Public Library to make the exterior as beautiful as the interior. Kapu’s team recently installed a demonstration taro patch which will be moved nearby when the project is complete.
An area important to Hawaiian culture, the site once was home to King Kamehameha’s taro patch and his “brick palace.” In a departure from the practices of most ali’i, the great king actually tended the taro. Boulders still on the site are believed to be from pre-contact days. Planted in August, the taro is flourishing.
Since the opening of the modernized Lahaina Public Library by the Rotary Club of Lahaina and the Maui Friends of the Library in November, 2012, visitors have doubled.
Work is currently underway planning a third phase of the project, a landscaping of the library’s front lawn and the addition of a commemorative taro patch and Native Hawaiian plants and trees.
Touring schools and education related facilities Hawaii State Education Chair Jill Tokuda (with lei) visited the renovated Lahaina Public Library July 24 and praised the work as a model of good community involvement. Briefing Tokuka and State Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran on the left were , left to right, Librarian Madeleine Buchanan, Rotary Club of Lahaina Committee Chair Sara Foley, super volunteer John Tryggstad and Dorothy Tolliver, super volunteer and president respectively of the Maui Friends of the Library, partner in the project. Tokuda said she was impressed by the work of the Maui Friends of the Library (MFOL) and the Rotary Club of Lahaina and the library’s beautiful setting in Lahaina. Not pictured but part of the briefing, Rotarian Norm Bezane, project communicator chair and photographer.
When the late videographer Kenny Hulquist who had taped hundreds of hours of Lahaina happenings accepted our invitation to film the Lahaina LIbrary Grand opening, no one knew it would be one of his last gigs. Kenny passed away a few weeks after he put this video up on You Tube. There we also find a Honolulu TV report. Go to these sites to see learn about the grand day.
Patrons are continuing to applaud the facelift of the Lahaina Public Library. With “the dust settled,” we as Rotarians and the board of the Maui Friends of the Library have come to realize that this achievement not only had an impact on making Lahaina a better place in 2012. It will contribute to making Lahaina a wonderful community for decades to come, The most frequent comment we get about the modernization is about the wonderful floor. For this we can thank Rotarian Uwe Schulz who passed away in November. Uwe’s best architectural advice was that we had to do it right. And so instead of covering over the floor,
we removed the asbestos laced tile floor down to the bare concrete and repainted it with a distinctive designed created by volunteer Rick Cowan. Thus the work of Uwe, chief on site architect of Whalers Village, restorer of Lahaina historical landmarks, also lives on at the modern new Lahaina Public Library. FACELIFT TIMELINE IS HEADING TOWARD A MILESTONE: 2500 VIEWS OF THE POSTS
Uwe Schulz reviewing plans for library facelift that will be enjoyed by generations to come with Sara Foley (left) and Librarian Madeleine Buchanan