by Krystal Kakimoto, HLA Advocacy Committee Co-Chair
Libraries have always been a sanctuary of knowledge, imagination, and community. On August 5, 2023, book lovers, families, and library enthusiasts gathered at Ala Moana Beach Park to celebrate Love My Library Day. This event not only highlighted the importance of libraries but also marked a significant moment in the state's dedication to library advocacy. Governor Josh Green proclaimed August 2023 as Library Advocacy Month in Hawaiʻi, shedding light on the critical role libraries play in our lives and communities.
Why Governor Green's Proclamation Matters
Governor Josh Green's proclamation of Library Advocacy Month is a testament to the enduring significance of libraries. It recognizes that libraries are more than just buildings filled with books; they are essential hubs of learning, community engagement, and cultural enrichment.
Here are a few reasons why this proclamation matters:
If you are passionate about libraries and want to contribute to their growth and development, there is a way to get involved. Join the grassroots committee dedicated to projects like Love My Library Day and Library Advocacy Month. This committee is actively looking for volunteers and individuals who share their love for libraries and their dedication to making them even more vibrant and accessible.
To join the grassroots committee, please email Krystal Kakimoto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aloha HLA friends and colleagues,
The HLA Board expresses its deep concern for the recent devastation and loss of life inflicted by the wildfires on Maui and Hawaiʻi Island. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected by this tragedy. We would like to offer support to our library ʻohana in its efforts to rebuild and recover, and we stand by to assist once those efforts commence.
If there are ways for the HLA community to contribute to those efforts, we will provide that information at a later date once the full scope of damage has been assessed.
In the coming days and weeks, please keep those in our library ʻohana who have been impacted by these wildfires in your thoughts. The HLA Board sends our aloha.
For information about how you can support those on Maui, please click on the button below.