Good Samaritans make overnight delivery to remake stolen 'Little Library'

Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM HST
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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After the suspected theft of the "Little Free Library" from a Kailua neighborhood, a Hawaii Kai family made a nighttime delivery to recreate the popular roadside book stand.

"Although the situation is really unfortunate, my family and I decided to do better and make you a new one," a note left at the site read.

Hawaii News Now learned the "Little Free Library," installed by Punahou School Junior Claire Cutler as a school project, was apparently stolen from outside her family's Ainoni Street home.

The theft happened sometime over the weekend. About 14 books, the bin and a placard was taken.

"Having it come back would be pretty great, but if people saw it on the news and started their own, that would be really awesome," Claire said.

Soon after news about the apparent theft spread, a Hawaii Kai family drove to Kailua overnight to make a special delivery.

The Cutler's said they were eating dinner Monday night as they saw headlights approach their home. When they walked out to see what was going on, they discovered a bin of completely new books in the spot where the old library once stood.

Part of the note left at the scene read, "We hope to continue to have this library for our Hawaii!! Mahalo... The Kaupu/Carvalho Ohana."

The Kaupu/Carvalho Ohana also said they would create a free library outside their home in Hawaii Kai.

Meanwhile, the Cutler's said they will work on creating a more secure system for the library.

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