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Renovated Lahaina Public Library to reopen on Tuesday

By Staff | Nov 8, 2012

Ten weeks after beginning a community initiative to refurbish the interior of Lahaina Public Library, volunteers (from left) John Tryggestad of the Maui Friends of the Library, Rotarian Sara Foley (project coordinator), Harold Hyman, Librarian Madeleine Buchanan, Don Lehman, Norm Bezane, Deb Caswell and Nancy Montoya joins hands in celebration. The grand reopening will be held on Nov. 18.

LAHAINA – Lahaina Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at noon.

The library has been closed since Aug. 14 for an interior renovation project that included floor resurfacing, repainting the walls and installing new book shelves, furniture and circulation desk.

A Grand Reopening Celebration and Blessing for Lahaina Public Library will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this free event, which will include the awarding of certificates by Sen. Rosalyn Baker, tours of the library, ice cream and refreshments.

Located at 680 Wharf St., the 56-year-old library overlooks Lahaina 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.

Lahaina Public Li-brary has a newly painted interior with new flooring and circulation desk.

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, 60 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.

For more information on the renovation project, and to see a daily photo timeline of progress, visit


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 p.m., 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, call Lahaina Public Library at 662-3950.