Craib to lead Maui Historical Society

The Maui Historical Society has hired Donald Craib as its new executive director, according to an announcement.

Craib is an attorney with more than 32 years of legal experience specializing in cultural heritage, archaeological preservation, nonprofit and museum law.

He has served as the manager of governmental affairs and legal counsel for the Society for American Archaeology and has testified before the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee, the U.S. Congress, and various state and local agencies and governments. He received a Presidential Recognition Award from the Society for American Archaeology and served as co-chair of the society’s Committee on Repatriation.

Craib has also served as the eastern regional director for The Archaeological Conservancy. At the conservancy, he was responsible for negotiating, acquiring and managing archaeological sites that would be permanently protected in private ownership.

He was a founding member of the law firm Cultural Heritage Partners LLC, a firm specializing in historic preservation law.

He also taught preservation law at the University of Maryland and Mary Washington University. Craib has authored numerous articles and has spoken worldwide about heritage resource law. He also edited the book “Topics in Cultural Heritage Law.”

Craib is a past board member for the Australia American Association, The Archaeological Conservancy, SRI Foundation, and a former board member and vice president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

He currently serves as president of the board of counselors for Drake University School of Law and also is on the board of directors for SPCA Maui.

Although most of Craib’s professional life has been centered in Washington, D.C., his connection to Hawaii runs deep. His great-grandfather arrived on Oahu in the 1880s from Scotland and had to flee in 1895 following the unsuccessful uprising against the provisional government, in which he took up arms on behalf of the queen.

Craib’s grandfather came to Oahu to open the Sears store at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in 1959. Today, Craib makes his home in Kihei.

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