North Kohala Public Library Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Kaid Nickl, Reporter

What’s black and white and read all over?

A book.

And books are why a large amount of people gathered at the town’s public library on Nov. 2nd. The Friends of the North Kohala Public Library invited the Kohala community to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the new library from 3-5 P.M. Along with a bouncy castle for the children, anyone who came to the event was given a piece of cake along with refreshments. Going inside the building revealed wonderful displays and nostalgic photos from the Bond Memorial Library. Entertainers included famous slack key artist John Keawe as well as hula performances by Hope Keawe.

Although the location of the library may have changed, the popularity hasn’t. Going into the library on any day (in business hours, of course) means you are greeted with smiling faces and a wealth of knowledge. The library has been used for many events such as summer programs, community meetings, or even Hawaiian history lectures.

The new library that we know and love today was first opened in November 2010. Members of the community made a line along the side of the road to pass books from the old library to the new one, just like the ancient Hawaiians did with stones. Book after book was transferred this way until the final book that had a note on it that said “thank you” was shelved. Happy 5th birthday, North Kohala Public library!