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Makawao History Museum selects executive director

New Makawao History Museum Executive Director Morris Haole Jr. chats with Maui County Office of Economic Development Business Development Specialist Tokie Ogawa during the town’s final Third Friday celebration. Haole is the museum’s first executive director. He said he is excited to help keep the facility on Baldwin Avenue moving forward as it chronicles the lives and lore of the unique Upcountry town. This photo was taken Aug. 23. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The board of directors of the Makawao History Museum has announced the hiring of its first executive director, Morris Haole. Haole was born and raised on Maui, attended St. Joseph School and St. Anthony School and is finishing up a degree in fine arts.

Haole retired after 28 years in government service and always had an interest in historical preservation, according to an announcement.

The board spent the last few years planning and working toward this step forward in its leadership. After assessing applicants, the board determined that Haole is deeply passionate about the Makawao History Museum, has the skills and experience needed to lead the museum, and a clear vision for taking the organization forward.