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Rotarians raise $10,200 for library facelift

By Staff | Aug 25, 2011

From left, Rotarians Sharon Woodall, Eric van Ketel and Sara Foley; Lahaina Library Branch Manager Madeleine Buchanan; and Elizabeth Ivy of Maui Friends of the Library celebrate the $10,200 donation.

LAHAINA — The Rotary Club of Lahaina at last month’s “Savor the Sunset” benefit raised $10,200 as a down payment for its three-year initiative to renovate Lahaina Public Library, President Eric van Ketel announced.

“Although we doubled the amount raised last year, we still have a long way to go,” van Ketel said.

The public-private partnership organized by the Rotary Club with participation of the Maui Friends of the Library and the Hawaii State Public Library System needs to raise $70,000 in cash donations and $140,000 in donated services and materials for the interior renovation, according to Rick Cowan of Archipelago Maui.

Cowan developed the interior design plan and is managing the project on a volunteer basis. In addition, new landscaping is envisioned and will be financed though funds raised in 2012, with most work contemplated in 2013. Shawn McLaughlin of Garden View Landscaping is handling the landscaping on a volunteer basis.

Four Maui businesses so far have said they will provide free contracting services and some materials to bring the fundraising goal closer within reach.

The Library Renovation Committee still needs sizable cash grants from businesses and foundations, as well as contributions from individuals to meet its goal of interior project completion by next summer, said Sara Foley, co-chair of the committee with Library Branch Manager Madeleine Buchanan.

Most landscaping work will follow the interior work, reported Foley

Renderings of the design scheme incorporate a new layout and floor, modern new circulation desk, new bookcases and additional furniture and new wall décor.

Checks made out to MFOL for Lahaina Library can be sent to Maui Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 1071, Wailuku, HI 96793. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. More information is available by calling Foley at 667-0589.