A recent article published some incredible facts about the Hawaii State Library. The century-old building opened in 1913, the result of a $100,000 gift from famed businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The article further noted that the library now houses nearly 600,000 books in 107,000 square feet of space in downtown Honolulu, and has survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the inexorable push of history.
But will it survive the Internet? We think it should. And not just because of its beautiful courtyard dotted with loulu palms at its center. And not because, on its shelves, sit volumes on Hawaii and the Pacific islands. But because, despite the digital revolution and the perceived solitary nature of reading, the culture of the book and the institutions that support it matter.
The Hawaii State Library is a place for gathering with other like-minded folks — both those who exist on the page and flesh-and-blood human beings. It is a place for reverence and contemplation, as well as low-volume chatter about the amazing discoveries to be made there. So while sitting alone in a room with a Kindle has its place, so, too, does the library.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.