HONOLULU (KHON2) — Volunteers muscle power loaded heavy boxes of books into a shipping container to get them ready to ship to Micronesia.

Reach Out Pacific got books from various organizations including the Friends of the Library, Kamehameha Schools as well as the Palama Settlement. 

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The books will help people in Micronesia with literacy.

The Farrington High School football team was among the volunteers that helped load a Matson container that went out to Kosrae on Saturday, June 25.

Another container packed on Sunday, June 26 was shipped Yap.

“Yap unlike Hawaii does not have the quickest best broadband,” said Sen. Glenn Wakai. “So access to data that we are used to here in Hawaii is a little bit more of a challenge in Yap. More so they rely on periodicals and actual books to help with their education.”

“We have kids that don’t have access to these growing up in the communities, the villages,” said Ronald Yow, who is from Yap and now lives in Moiliili. “So having a centralized depository of books like these, it would go a long way.”

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Organizers said that 40,000 of the unsold books from the Friends of the Hawaii Library were a part of the book donation.