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WVA Volunteer of the Month is FL-WR President, Ruth Bernstone

My name is Ruth Bernstone and I am currently serving as President of Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region (FL-WR).  I guess you could call me a “professional” volunteer.  I started volunteering in high school as a candy striper at our local community hospital.  After finishing college and getting married, I continued to volunteer – taking an elderly couple, and the grandchild they were raising, and stand in line for them at the food stamp office, lobbying in the State and Federal legislatures on issues relating to children, and on professional and governmental boards.

After retiring and coming to Waikoloa, the volunteer opportunities were plentiful.  I started in the emergency room of our beautiful new North Hawaii Community Hospital, where I made several good friends and felt useful.  I initiated the Waikoloa Art center group and the Tai Chi practice group – after several moves, both groups are still active at the WVA Community room.  As a retired CPA, I was asked to serve on the WVA Finance Committee.  Helping to balance the budget for 3 years was a challenge, as I’m sure it continues to be.  During those years, a new well had to be built and the first solar panels and electric golf carts were added. 

For the last 5 years, FL-WR and our future library have been the focus of my volunteer efforts.  It’s been a pleasure to work with a wonderful group of volunteers, legislators and the WVA, whose enthusiasm, good cheer and hard work have brought so many benefits to the community – the bookmobile, scholarships, Newbery Quiz Bowl teams, Kindles for the Waikoloa School, a health fair, and progress toward the future library. Our annual Walk/run for Literacy brings together Waikoloa residents of all ages, and many members of our community contributed their thoughts and art to our self-published book “This We Believe – Waikoloa Region”.

Volunteering has so many benefits to both the volunteer and the community – making new friends, building character and confidence by helping others, having fun, building community cohesion, in addition to just plain getting needed things done.  It has been a great source of pleasure to me all my life and I encourage everyone to find their niche and passion too.

When I do have time, I love to cook and entertain our friends, take care of my veggie gardens, do needlepoint, solve crossword and Sudoku puzzles, play the piano and try to play the ukulele.

I am so blessed to live in Waikoloa Village, a town with the most generous, caring people of any place I have ever been.  We love the quiet, rural feel of the village, and its central location to Kailua, Kona, Waimea and Hilo.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be near the nicest beaches on the Big Island as well as the best scuba sites in the State of Hawaii!

Give Aloha Program

Please “Give Aloha” at Foodland, Sack N Save

and Foodland Farms

September brings us a great opportunity to help Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region (FL-WR).  We are participating again this year in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program, under the code name Bookmobile

How It Works
From September 1-30, customers are invited to make donations up to $249 (per organization, per person) to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout.  Individuals must use their Maika’i card to make a matching donation.  If you don’t have a Maika’i Card, you can sign up for one at the same time that you donate.  Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation up to $300,000.  Remember to keep the receipt for tax purposes.  Give Aloha donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

How to Donate

At checkout, present your Maika’i card (or give your 10-digit number) and tell the cashier how much you would like to donate to Bookmobile.  Tell the cashier our code number: 78656. Be sure the cashier confirms our organization’s name and the amount that you are donating.

Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total.  You may donate up to $249 per organization. (Higher amounts will not be matched.)

Any donation must be made payable to Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms. 

The name of our organization and the amount you donate will appear on your receipt. 

How Will My Donation be Matched?
Every year, the matching funds are shared with all participating organizations. The gift percentage varies and the actual matching gifts are calculated at the end of the program. Organizations will receive 100% of all customer donations given to their organization, plus their percentage of Foodland and the Western Union Foundation’s $300,000 matching gift.

Donor names will not be released to our organization.  If you would like us to know of your gift, please contact us directly or request a duplicate receipt from the cashier to provide to us so that we may properly acknowledge your gift.

Please take this opportunity to leverage your donation into more dollars for FLWR! Mahalo for your support! And check out our website at to see the activities we fund with your contributions.  We’ve added two new programs this year – Baby’s First Book and Kindles for Kealekehe High School Library.

Save the Date for the 2015 Walk/Run for Literacy

Save the  2015

Big Island students compete in 26th annual Newbery Quiz Bowl

Eighteen teams of young, Big Island book enthusiasts gathered at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel ballroom Thursday morning for the 26th annual Newbery Quiz Bowl.

The event attracted an audience of parents, teachers, librarians and reading advocates alike and started at about 9 a.m., lasting into the afternoon.

The teams ranged in age from fourth- to seventh-graders, who started the day relatively quiet, whispering answers back and forth. But as the final hour approached, chatter escalated and many youngsters were sitting on the edge of their seats.

The winners were announced following a tie-breaker and after a few hours of questions.

Hawaii Classical Christian Academy took first place, Hilo Public Library took second place, Lighthouse HICHE took third place, Kealakehe Elementary took fourth place and Konawaena Elementary took fifth place overall.

Throughout the day, the bright young minds were quizzed on questions coming from various Newbery Medal award winning books.

David Griff, a librarian at Hawaii Preparatory Academy lower school, said he was pleased to see so many students participate.

“It’s really amazing to see the excitement of the students, like you see right now,” he said pointing toward a group of children running.

Jahnea Ordona, a fourth-grader at Kealakehe Elementary, said she was nervous at first, but once she heard the team won she yelled in excitement.

The Newbery Quiz Bowl on the Big Island is the only one in the state. It was started by Julia Tao, former librarian of Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School. Master of ceremonies this year was retired librarian Paula Kamiya.

She said students read and study certain Newbery Medal books all year and then are selected to compete in the bowl. The competition consists of multiple questions on content, theme, setting, author or book title.

Kamiya said the competition has certainly grown during the years — from nine to 10 teams to 18 this year. “It’s definitely gotten bigger,” she said.

The event is volunteer-based and winners receive various prizes donated from several Big Island businesses.

According to the Association for Library Service to Children, the Newbery Medal was named after 18th century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the ALSC, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The oldest book tested was a 1922 book titled “Story of Mankind,” by Hendrik Willem van Loon. It was the first book to be awarded the Newbery Medal.

This year’s Newbery Medal winner went to the book “The Crossover,” written by Kwame Alexander.

Schools representing West Hawaii included Hawaii Preparatory Academy lower school, Hawaii Preparatory Academy middle school, Holualoa, Kahakai, Kealakehe Elementary, Kealakehe Intermediate, Kohala Elementary, Konawaena Elementary and Waikoloa schools.

Supporters for the 26th Annual Newbery Quiz Bowl include:

  • Ace Hardware/Arts & Crafts Kamuela
  • Atlantis Submarines
  • Big Island Candies
  • Big Island Educators & Retirees
  • Body Glove Cruises
  • Cafe 100
  • Fair Wind
  • Friends of the Library Waikoloa
  • Aunty Lorna Saito
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • KBXtreme Sports
  • KTA Super Stores
  • McDonald’s of Puainako
  • Ocean Sports
  • Pohakuloa Training Area
  • Safeway Food & Drug
  • TD Food Group Pizza Hut & Taco Bell
  • Walmart


  1. FL-WR: Ethaniel Wilson, Kai Brown, Ardena Brown, Kaleah McHone, Jack Castro
  2. HCCA: Brandy Hill, Jessica Cogan, Zane Bader, Kyla Jones, Keo Aughe
  3. HPA Elem.: Krysti Chen, Lily Kassis, Bianca Brown, Parker Smith, Sydney Chin
  4. HPA Middle: Racquel McMackin, Jared Barrett, Sara Kimura, Kai Selman, Ana Henderson
  5. Hilo Public Library: Elliot Russell, Phoebe Wyatt, Keiko Wolfson, Sachi Bower, Abel Bluitt
  6. Hilo Union: Kiana Blue, Sarah Gauthier, Chansen McAllister, Gabrielle Viernes
  7. Holualoa: Chase Lurbiecki, Sita Hale, Minami Asbjornson, Cameran Vierthaler, Wehiwa Donager
  8. Kahakai: Caiya Hanks, Emma Akana, Cristina Lindenburg, Gabrielle Lindenburg, Aiden Schutte
  9. Kamehameha: Ka’ena Cordeiro, Kamakana Rodrigues, Zayden Hora, Joanne Farias
  10. Kaumana: Mikailee Palmerston, Keona Matsui, Jera Hook-DeSilva, Kaia Broomell, Grace Wyman
  11. Kealakehe Elem.:Alexandra Ruff, Tye Gray-Galligo, Alexis Wana, Jahnea Ordona
  12. Kealakehe Intermediate: Vyas Hale, Gabriella Nakamaru, Sedona Harris, Jun Lee, Machi Limas
  13. Kohala Elem.: Hailey Carvalho, Chyler Derla, David Jimenez, Joshua Quinn, Skyla Van ZanZandt
  14. Konawaena Elem.: Sophia Burgess, Kamaehu Makanui, Kianna Lim, Staci Nakamoto, Payton Kim
  15. Lighthouse HICHE: Ethan Rapoza, Charis Cook, Zachary Rapoza, Cash Anderson, Kawahena Miller
  16. St. Joseph: Forest McKinney, Keyna Wilcox, Isabelle Au, Rylee Au, Hoku Brown
  17. Waiakea Inter.: Alysa Yabe, Anavah Endriss, Lela DeVine
  18. Waikoloa: Andrew Kenney, Jona Turagavou, Jacob Turagavou, Lucas Koranda, Buddy Beeder

From West Hawaii Today

Amazon Smile Program

We recently signed up for AmazonSmile a program that allows our friends to shop at while diverting some of their purchase price into a donation to FL-WR!

The basics:

  • When you register at the AmazonSmile website, thereafter 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases will be donated to FL-WR.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Just remember each time you shop to initiate your shopping or browsing at instead of the regular address.
  • All YOU have to do is sign up for AmazonSmile, pick Friends of the Library of Hawaii in Waikoloa, then every time you shop using AmazonSmile, weʻll get 0.5% donated to us!
  • Super easy, super simple!

For more information, please read the About AmazonSmile page.

Waikoloa Christmas Parade

We participated in the annual Waikoloa Christmas parade with not one, but two floats. We had a crew both inside and outside the vehicles, the ones walking handed out bookmarks along the route which have information about the bookmobile along with a map to the bookmobile.

Every year, we hear more and more people say they use the bookmobile and they love the resource here in the community. Our bookmobile is open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm (5pm in the summer) and has a tremendous selection of free books for all ages. We also have two covered pergolas out front so anyone can sit and read or use our free wi-fi.

Annual General Meeting News

Our annual general meeting is coming up on January 16, 2015. It will be held in the Waikoloa Village Association community room at 7:00 p.m. If you would like more information, please email us or contact any of our officers. We will have exciting news about the progress of a “real” library for the Waikoloa region as well as what we have accomplished this year.

Fundraising News

If you have HI-5 recyclables, you can now donate your refund to FL-WR! Just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Simply bring your HI-5 containers in to any of our 10 convenient locations.
  2. Inform any of our workers that you will be donating your items.
  3. Let them know what organization you wish to donate to (a complete list will be posted at every site).
  4. Our crew will process your load.
  5. You will receive a receipt for your records and we will mail the payment directly to the Non-Profit Organization of your choice!

Recycling is important for our environment and it’s a simple way to give!

Not sure where or when? Here are the locations and hours:

Hilo Recycling Center

Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION!  Kea’au Shipman Business Park (16-630 Kipimana St., Keaau, HI  96749)

OPEN DAILY: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION!  Pāhoa Recycling Center – Across the Pahoa Post Office
OPEN DAILY: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Honoka`a Recycling Center
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Waimea Recycling Center
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hāwī (Ka’auhuhu) Recycling Center
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Puakō Recycling Center
Sunday:  8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION!  Ocean View Recycling Center (Across Highway from Tiki Lane)
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Did You Know?

You can now use Paypal or a credit card to join, renew your membership or make a donation? See our Membership Page for more information and the Paypal “button”.

Even though we don’t have monthly general meetings, we do have monthly board of directors meetings and everyone is invited to attend. They are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. either in the WVA conference room or community room, the address is 68-1792 Melia Street, Waikoloa, HI 96738. You can email any of our officers for more information and directions.