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Edwin H Mookini Library hosts third annual Night in the Stacks Fundraising Event

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Date: Friday, October 28, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at HiloEdwin H. Mookini Library invites the public to the third annual Night in the Stacks fund raiser on Friday, November 18, from 5-8 p.m.

“This year’s event is entitled A Night in the Stacks 2005: Leis of Aloha with Marie McDonald and Friend. The Edwin H. Mookini Library staff extends a special invitation to the local community to attend this annual fun-filled fundraising event that is designed to bring together the administration, faculty, staff, alumni and students of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo and Hawai`i Community College with caring members of the Hilo community in both a celebration of the Edwin H. Mookini Library and in a renewal of our mission commitment,” said Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui, university librarian.

The event is hosted by UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng, HawCC Chancellor Rockne Freitas, and Mrs. Esther “Kiki” Mookini, wife of the late Chancellor Edwin H. Mookini. Night in the Stacks 2005 also has the support and assistance of four honorary chairs: Mr. Ken Herrick, Dr. Fujio Matsuda, Mr. Russell Oda, and Mr. Eugene Tao.

Night in the Stacks 2005 activities will include a presentation by local author Marie McDonald, author of Na Lei Makamai: The Treasured Lei. There will be opportunities to purchase copies of this book and have it autographed.

Once again the Mookini Library has partnered with Borders of Hilo to provide the opportunity to meet other local authors, purchase their books, and have them autographed. This year’s author signings include: Mrs. Esther “Kiki” Mookini translator of Anatomia, Mr. Larry Kimura, author of Mamaka Kaiao: A Modern Hawaiian Vocabulary; Mrs. Nancy Tom, co-author of Fred Tom: Son of Hawai`i; Mr. John Penisten, author of Experience the Big Island; Ms. Kekuhi Kanahele-Frias, singer and chanter of the CD Hahani Mai; Dr. Michael West, author of A Gentle Rain of Starlight; Dr. Richard Crowe, author of Stars over Hawai`i; Mr. David Cheever major author, and Mr. Russell Oda, chapter author in the book Pohaku, and Dr. Jim and Dr. Sonia Juvik, co-authors of Atlas of Hawai`i. Borders is donating 15% of all purchases made during Night in the Stacks to the Edwin H. Mookini Foundation Account.

Other activities include live music provided by student musicians, student art exhibits, behind-the-scene tours of the Edwin H. Mookini Library and Graphic Services, opportunities to join the Friends of the Edwin H. Mookini Library, opportunities to adopt-a-book in honor of a loved one or celebration of a special event, presentation of the 2005 Friend of the Year Award, and opportunities to purchase a commemorative holiday ornament and items on the Library’s perpetual book sale shelves.

This year’s silent auction will include a wide assortment of donated items, including three special leis handmade by Marie McDonald, airline coupons from Aloha Airlines, beautiful orchids, gift certificates to several local restaurants, and additional donated books from local bookstores and publishers located in Hawai`i. Many of the items in the silent auction would make wonderful holiday gifts.

Hawaiian hula dancing and chanting will be performed on the Library third floor by students of Dr. Kalena Silva’s Hula Kahiko class and by students of Kumu Haunani Bernadino’s Intermediate Hawaiian I class.

Chef Mel Arroyo will prepare heavy pupus with a Hawaiian theme with the assistance of the Hawai`i Community College Food Services Students. The evening’s menu will include Kalua turkey, poke in romaine leaves among other Hawaiian dishes prepared by Chef Mel. O’Keefe and Sons Bakery will prepare taro rolls for the main pupus area and will also be providing a wide assortment of deserts. Hawai`i Community College Food Services Students will also provide liquid refreshments.

Guests attending Night in the Stacks 2005 will be given coupons to use for a Mookini Library Benefit Day at the Hilo Borders on December 3, 2005. All purchases made with this special coupon will provide 15% of the sale into the Mookini Library Foundation Account.

Guests will also be given information on how they can help support the Mookini Library through recycling efforts. A special account for the Mookini Library has been created with Atlas Recycling. People who bring their recyclable products to the recycling station near the landfill, can have their monetary proceeds deposited into the Special Mookini Library Enhancement Account.

Attire for the event is aloha casual. The festivities are free, with a suggested donation of $25 per person. Each $25 tax-deductible contribution can be recognized through the adoption of a book in honor of a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. For reservations, please contact Myrtle Hara by November 11, 2004 at 974-7568 or

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