The 55-year-old Lahaina Library needs improvements and with the State of Hawaii strapped for cash that responsibility is falling on the Maui community, and a special entertainment donation from Citrus College in Southern California. The Lahaina Rotary Club has spearheaded the improvement movement along with assistance from the Maui Friends of the Library and sponsorship from the Royal Lahaina Resort, targeting an annual fundraiser called “Savor the Sunset” to raise the needed monies.
The goal is $20,000 for this second phase of the facelift. This includes plans drawn up and donated by Rich Cowan of Archipelago Maui that lower the book shelves, which will promote a more natural air flow. There will also be new flooring and a new circulation desk. The plan is to have both the front and back doors of the building open during the day.
Last year’s first Savor the Sunset Event raised $5K that went to new furniture for the library. Other improvements to date is a new $25,000 self-checkout system donated by Maui Friends of the Library, and a $50,000 grant from North Beach Association for two new security systems. “The State of Hawaii is thrilled,” says Sara Foley, Rotary’s renovation committee co-chair. “They have done their part in updating the computers at the library last month, and I hear wifi service is next. We are hoping we can get the labor donated for the phase II improvements. All of the cost is for materials.” Improvements are planned to go in during July 2012.
This year’s Second Annual “Savor the Sunset” event will feature entertainment by the Citrus College band Night Shift, a pop rock ensemble that will be visiting and playing at the Hyatt Maui through July 23. Guests can also enjoy pupus from the Royal Lahaina and wines from Better Brands on the beautiful lawns of the Royal Lahaina Resort. Tickets are $35 and you can reserve and purchase them at 5A Rent-A-Space (669-5200) or the Royal Lahaina Resort (661-3611 x2348).