HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sunday is the last day of the Friends of the Library book sale at the McKinley High School Cafeteria. But the unsold books won't be going to waste.
About 10,000 books that will be leftover will be shipped to the Micronesian islands of Palau and Pohnpei with hopes to boost literacy.
In addition, school furniture from the Palama Settlement and an assortment of medical supplies courtesy of Shriner's Hospital will be sent as well.
"The schools and public libraries in Micronesia are poorly stocked," state senator Glenn Wakai said. "The books not sold will fill two 40-foot containers and ultimately improve literacy throughout the Pacific."
Miki Wakai, vice president of Reach Out Pacific, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve education and healthcare in the Pacific, added: "Many of these items were bound for our landfill or incineration, but this Sunday they are being redirected to impoverished areas of Micronesia. What a win-win project."