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Ranches helped with exhibit at museum

Thanks to the kind assistance and civic-minded management of the Haleakala and Ulupalakua ranches, the Makawao History Museum was able to fashion our most recent exhibit on “Maui Branding Irons.” The ranches have allowed us to use their working cattle branding irons and vintage black-and-white photos to create a living tribute to our paniolo culture.

Our always resourceful exhibit committee not only designed an informative and attractive display, but made it interactive by arranging a large leather hide where one can wrangle a thoroughly inked, large stamp and “brand” the burnt-edged hide, then customize it with your name or initials. Many have said “how cool” and “clever,” so ya’ll come by, you hear?

I would also like to share our next major project: It will be an exhibit on the old Olinda Prison, which is now the Maui Bird Conservation Center. With this said, I have a request to make: If anyone has an authentic item — be it pictures, letters or documents — concerning the prison, please consider a temporary loan to the museum so that others may learn and experience an interesting chapter of Maui’s past.

If you have any questions, please check out our website at makawaomuseum.org. And again, a grateful mahalo to the ranches. Cowboy up!

Morris Haole

Executive Director

Makawao History Museum