California man returns Hawaii library book after 47 years

HONOLULU (AP) — A California man who borrowed a cookbook from a Honolulu library has returned it after nearly five decades.

Hawaii News Now reported Patrick Powers delivered the Hawaii Cooks book to the Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library last week while on vacation in the state.

Powers said he found the book last year in a storage box and decided it was finally time to return it. He borrowed the book 47 years ago while living in Hawaii. It travelled with him when he later moved to California.

Powers handed the book over with a letter explaining what happened. He also gave the library a newer copy to replace his old, damaged one.

He expected to pay a hefty fine but there was no penalty.

“The librarian was so nice,” he said.