Kenny of Akaku stepped up at our request and filmed the event amid the large crowd
- Branch Librarian Madeleine Buchanan, interior planner Rick Cowan (left) and State Librarian Richard Burns celebrate the happy result standing on RVS Construction’s green and beige floor.
More than 300 people turned out and great fun was had by all. Senator Roz Baker presented plaques of commendation to 15 contractors /volunteers). Community volunteers also received a plaque which we are hoping can be posted in the library. Much appreciation to Roz Baker for the intricate work of completing this. Pastor Laki provided a great blessing, explaining a Hawaiian tradition of washing ones hands before entering the newly blessed facility.
Mayor Alan Arakawa was among the first to enter pictured alongside State Library Chief Richard Burns and Sen Baker in one of the photos. Governor Neil Abercrombie represented by his Maui aide praised the effort. The audience amazingly stuck by a long program, curious about the details read by Sen. Roz from the commendations. John T, as usually, was on the scene at 12:30 Sunday with Rotary’s Dick Starkweather, Don Lehman, and Jim F to in move in the heavy stage and help set up. Your blogger late from an errand was awarded two parking tickets for leaving the car in front in a no parking zone. John Tryggstad posted the report below Sunday evening as Sara headed for a midnight plane for a very well deserved vacation. WATCH THIS SITE IN COMING DAYS FOR REPORTS OF MORE PUBLICITY INITIATIVES AND NEWS OF FRONT LAWN LANDSCAPING. WE ARE NOT DONE!
John, who still had energy when we were exhausted, wrote this in an email two hours after the event when we were out getting the first meal of the day.
“It is now almost 8:00 p.m.on Sunday evening. I just got home from one amazing day at the Grand opening. Everywhere that I turned I felt like I was with friends that I have only known a few months but it seems like a couple of years. To stand in the back of the ceremony and cheer on my new friends on their contributions to this beautiful project. We were all there because we care about where we live and we all want the world to be a better place because of our actions. If I see you across the street, in the theatre, or shopping, it is because of you fellow volunteers that gives me a reason to smile.
Thank you all for being there today to share this special day with me. What a great bunch of people who I have been working with this last three months.
And this message from Sara and Norm:
Our sentiments exactly. Moving to the next thing, we have not always been able to issue such thank you’s but the entire thrust of our communications program has been recognition and to say thank you. More than 1500 times the last 60 days people from Maui, Oahu and on the mainland have kept up with the progress on lahainalibraryfacelift.wordpress.com Publicity efforts geared to the mainland are now moving into high gear. TO ALL: HAVE A VERY RESTFUL THANKSGIVING. AND NOW WE HAVE THE WONDERFUL NEW LAHAINA LIBRARY TO BE THANKFUL FOR.