Rain makes good book days

KOLOA — Koloa School third-grader Kiani Pagador got a first-hand explanation of a cartouche.

Tamiko Asahi and Dani Kroll, two of the volunteers at the Koloa Public/School Library, had just come back from a trip to Egypt, and noticed among Pagador’s selections a book on Egypt.

That led Asahi to show the third-grader the pendant-like cartouche that she was wearing, explaining that when you visit Egypt, they are found at many of the historical sites.

While leafing through the book selected by Pagador, out dropped two sheets of a cartouche-making exercise: a project for a rainy day.

“I was wondering if they were going to have the sale or not,” Asashi said. “I live in Hanapepe, and have to catch the para-transit bus to get here, so when I got up and it was raining, I kind of thought they weren’t going to have the sale. I didn’t want to come because of the rain, but it’s good that I did.” Thursday was the opening day of two days for the Koloa Public/School Library used-book sale, that continues to 7 p.m. today, and the piddling rain sent many people indoors, filling up the library’s small conference room as shoppers pored through rows of books, videotapes, and CDs.

Nico Kritz of Hanama‘ulu found the perfect niche for enjoying a selection he found. The 4- year-old was snug under one of the tables of books, leafing through his selection, while his parents looked through the aisles for more selections.


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