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Shimazu honored as UH Hilo Library Friend of the Year

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Date: Monday, January 10, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The Edwin H. Mookini Library at the University of Hawaii at Hilo has named Mrs. Lynne Shimazu the 2004 Edwin H. Mookini Library Friend of the Year. Shimazu was recognized at the Library’s “Night in the Stacks” second annual fund raiser last November.

“We are honored to present the award to Mrs. Shimazu,” said University Librarian Dr. Linda Golian-Lui. “On the morning of the first working day of every week, for more than a decade, without fail, she has presented the Library a beautiful, self-made floral arrangement. It is an event that is highly anticipated by both Library staff and users alike.”

Shimazu has donated over 500 such arrangements to the Library, which are showcased prominently at the Reference Desk near the Library’s entrance. She works for hours each Sunday on each arrangement, many of which are made with exotic or rare flowers and plants. Shimazu also does holiday and seasonal arrangements for the Library, bringing a touch of home to UH Hilo students from around the world.

Shimazu has also contributed arrangements to commemorate special events at UH Hilo, such as the investiture of Chancellor Rose Tseng in 1999.

“It was both a delightful arrangement and a moving gesture,” Tseng said. “Mrs. Shimazu’s tireless efforts continue to beautify and enrich our Library environment. She is a most dedicated and generous volunteer to our Library and deserves to be honored.”

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