Waialua Public Library Celebrates its 85th Anniversary | Community Spirit
Waialua Public Library, located at 67-068 Kealohanui Street, celebrated its 85th Anniversary on September15 at the Waialua Bandstand in the Park, across the street from the Library. Governor Neil Abercrombie, State and City officials, State Librarian Richard Burns, other library administrators, and more than 400 people attended the free event. In his opening remarks, Governor Abercrombie praised the Waialua Public Library and emphasized that a free public library system is among the four cornerstones of democracy, along with the right to vote, the right to sue the king and the right to a jury of one’s peers.
The program also featured congratulatory messages from other State and City officials, a high-spirited performance by the Cheerleaders of Waialua Intermediate and High School, a martial arts demonstration and lion dance by Gee Yung School students, face painting and balloon sculpting by Bungie the Clown, and musical performances by the Honolulu Brass Quintet from Chamber Music of Hawaii, Paula Fuga, Elyssa Joy, and the Country Dancers of Hawaii. Top readers from Waialua Public Library’s Summer Reading Program shared personal anecdotes about what their library meant to them.
In addition, there were information tables featuring the library’s services, programs and community resources. Participants received activity sheets and were encouraged to visit each table to get a stamp and receive a prize for completed sheets.
The Friends of Waialua Library, Friends of Waialua Town, Friends of the Library of Hawaii, and the Hawaii State Public Library System sponsored the special Anniversary celebration. In 1927, the Waialua Public Library opened as the Waialua Community Station, located in the Waialua Sugar Plantation’s Office. The current Waialua Public Library is located near the Waialua Shopping Center. For more information about the Library, please call 637-8286.
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