‘beyond our DREAMS’
Community effort makes library renovation possible
November 14, 2012
By MELISSA TANJI – Staff Writer, The Maui News
LAHAINAʻʻAround $300,000 of volunteer work and donations were unveiled Tuesday when the Lahaina Public Library reopened its doors after a three-month renovation made possible by community organizations and volunteers.
“It looks fantastic. We’re so happy it’s open,” said Povi Larsen of Napili, who was reading to her 2-year-old daughter, Kailea, in the library’s new children’s section.
Napili’s Povi Larsen reads to daughter Kailea, 2, at the Lahaina Public Library on Tuesday afternoon, the day the library reopened after a renovation project. Larsen said they have been visiting the library since Kailea was born and had to drive to the Kihei Public Library while the Lahaina facility was closed.
The Larsens, who drove to the Kihei Public Library when Lahaina was closed, had already gathered up a bag full of books to borrow in less than half an hour. Mother and daughter sat on a newly upholstered bench, a donation from a business.
Povi Larsen admired the library’s shiny new green floor. The new flooring replaced the old asbestos tiles that lined the floors, said library Branch Manager Madeleine Buchanan.
“It feels great,” Buchanan said of the renovations as well as finally reopening the library’s doors.
Buchanan noted the various upgrades, 34 new bookcases that replaced the taller and old “mix and match” cases of wood and steel as well as the new granite-covered circulation desk, new desk for the public computers, new coats of paint and new restroom facilities.
“It really makes you appreciate what the community does,” Buchanan said of the volunteer efforts to renovate the 57-year-old library.
Over three years, the Rotary Club of Lahaina, with the cooperation of the Maui Friends of the Library, fundraised and solicited donations for the project, said project coordinator Sara Foley, who sits on the boards of both organizations.
11/3/12 From the Hawaii State Library System
Lahaina Public Library will Re-Open on Nov. 13
Lahaina Public Library,located at 680 Wharf Street, will reopen on Tuesday, November 13 at noon. The Library has
been closed since August 14 for an interior renovation project that included floor resurfacing, repainting of walls, and
installation of new book shelves, furniture and circulation desk. The 56-year old library overlooks the historic Lahaina boat harbor.
The Rotary Club of Lahaina, in cooperation with the Hawaii State Public Library System and Maui Friends of the Library,
completed this $280,000 renovation project at no cost to the State. In this unique partnership, the Rotarians obtained $40,000 in grants,
$155,000 worth of free services from 16 contractors, and provided more than 1,000 volunteer hours for the project.
In addition, sixty volunteers packed 35,000 books. A total of 750 banana boxes to hold the books were collected by one of the
volunteers for 40 straight days, and 5A Rent-A-Space provided free storage and transportation.
. A Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Blessing for the Lahaina Public Library will be conducted on Sunday, November 18
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event which will include the awarding of certificates by Senator Rosalyn Baker,
tours of the library, ice cream and refreshments.
The public service hours of Lahaina Public Library are: Tuesday, from noon to
8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 pm.; and Friday and Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Library is normally closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information, please call the Library at (808) 662-3950.