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‘Savor the Sunset’ to support Lahaina Library

By Staff | Jul 1, 2010

From left, Tom Bell, general manager of the Royal Lahaina Resort, holds the “Savor the Sunset” poster with Rotary Club of Lahaina President-elect Carmen Karady and Librarian Madeleine Buchanan on the lawn where the event will be held July 8.

KAANAPALI — Tickets are on sale for “Savor the Sunset,” a July 8 wine tasting fund-raiser at the Royal Lahaina Resort. The goal of this Rotary Club of Lahaina event is to raise at least $3,000 to improve the historic Lahaina Public Library.

This first-of-its-kind event will be held at the Royal Lahaina’s ocean view lawn overlooking Molokai and Lanai from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Heavy pupus will be paired with fine wines sipped to the music of the Royal Lahaina’s own musician, Josh Sumibcay.

On the night of the event, guests will also receive a 10 percent discount from the Royal Trading Company’s extensive wine selection at the resort. Better Brands, another event sponsor, is providing selections of wines for the event.

“Savor the Sunset” will kick-off a scheduled three-year Rotary community project. The club expects to raise funds to renovate the library facilities, “to make our library a place we can be proud of,” said event organizer and Rotary Club of Lahaina President-elect Carmen Karady.

“This is a community event. Everyone is invited to come support the Lahaina Library,” she added. 

Tickets —  $35 in advance or $45 at the door — can be purchased by calling the Royal Lahaina at 661-3611, extension 2291, or AAAAA Rent A Space at 669-5200. Tables of ten are available at a discounted price of $300 with advanced reservations — cash or check only.

Individuals who can’t attend the fund-raiser but want to donate to the library fund can call Karady at (808) 276-4629 for more information.

“Savor the Sunset” has the backing of the Maui Friends of the Library, a nonprofit organization formed in 1912 that operates a discount bookstore in Puunene. A large stock of quality books is available with proceeds benefiting libraries island-wide.

Lahaina Public Library Librarian Madeleine Buchanan said she is thrilled with Rotary initiative. The 55-year-old library, located on a historic site adjoining King Kamehameha’s  former taro patch, badly needs refurbishing, she added.

Buchanan has used limited state funds in recent years to buy books and

other library materials, instead of furnishings and upgrades.