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For Saturday, July 23, 2011

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

LAST UPDATED: 7:50 p.m. HST, Aug 5, 2011

Lawmaker seeks school supply donations

A state legislator is asking for donations of No. 2 pencils, glue and crayons to assist families having a hard time providing basic school supplies for their children.

Rep. Henry Aquino (D, Pearl City-Waipahu) will hold school supply drives from 8 a.m. to noon July 30 and Aug. 6 outside Longs Drugs at the Waipahu Town Center to support students of Waipahu Elementary and August Ahrens Elementary.

Aquino is also asking for wide-rule folder paper, composition books, binders and rulers.

The lawmaker says he wants the community to help prepare students for school so that they are able to do homework and learn effectively.


$2.9M in grants to help renovate Hawaii airports

Airports on the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Molokai are to be renovated with help from $2.9 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants.

U.S. Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye announced the award in a joint statement Thursday.

Hilo Airport is to get the bulk of money. Renovations will include maintaining apron pavements and improving drainage at taxiways.

Hana and Kalaupapa airports are to get $150,000 each toward the design phase of improving the public-use area of existing terminal buildings.

Used-book store is last of its kind to close on Maui

LAHAINA » Maui's last remaining commercial used-book store has closed after 15 years.

The Maui News reported Friday that Old Lahaina Book Emporium recently closed as more people turn to electronic books.

Owner JoAnn Carroll tells the newspaper people can no longer afford to buy even used books and that customers say they download reading material online. She says her store was turning into a lending library.

Conservation event to feature address by poet laureate

National poet laureate and Maui resident W.S. Merwin is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the annual Hawaii Conservation Conference at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Aug. 2.

Merwin's poems have frequently touched upon natural themes, and conference organizers describe him as being "dedicated to the restoration of Hawaii's rainforests." The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner has written more than 30 books of poetry, translation and prose.

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