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Maui County High School and Public Libraries Receive Donated Books
MAKAWAO – Haleakala Ranch wrapped up its 125th Anniversary commemoration last week by donating its history book to all private and public high schools and public libraries within Maui County. The book, entitledHaleakala Ranch, has been in the works for nine years and was published earlier this year.
Author John Harrisson joined Haleakala Ranch Corporate Secretary Karyn Arakawa to present the books to Glenda Berry, Makawao Branch Manager for the Hawaii State Public Library System. The books will be distributed to public libraries in Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Makawao, Hana, Lahaina, Lanai and Molokai in addition to the Hawaii Business Research Library in Kihei. At the same time, donated books were mailed to all private and public high school libraries on Maui.
“We hope that our donation helps to enhance the library’s already outstanding collection of Hawaii books,” said Haleakala Ranch president Don Young. “The history of Haleakala Ranch is such an integral part of Maui’s history, we wanted to make it available to everyone.”
According to librarian Glenda Berry, books about the history of Upcountry Maui are rare. “This is a major addition to our history of Hawaii section. It is especially prized because of the oral histories it contains. I have read it and it is so well done. The photos are integrated with the text and it really bring the history alive,” she said.
Author John Harrisson was especially pleased with the donation to all of the Maui high schools. “The donation to school libraries is an important step in maintaining an awareness of Maui history and keeping paniolo culture alive,” he said. “It is gratifying to know that so many of the colorful characters and anecdotes will be preserved for generations to come. Many of these students will recognize photos of their ancestors and read about their lives.”Copies of the book, Haleakala Ranch, are available for purchase from the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center and the Makawao History Museum. Sale proceeds benefit each nonprofit.
ABOUT HALEAKALA RANCH
Haleakala Ranch encompasses some 29,000 acres on the slopes of majestic Haleakala on the island of Maui. Incorporated in 1888, five generations of Haleakala Ranch families and employees have worked hard to preserve the open, natural vistas of Upcountry Maui for the benefit of current and future generations. As one of the island’s large landowners, the Ranch is deeply committed to stewardship of Maui’s water, land and other natural resources. In addition to its primary focus on a multi-species livestock operation, the Ranch’s operations have expanded to include a diverse portfolio of leases for agriculture, telecommunications, eco-tourism and alternative energy businesses on Maui.
For more information see www.haleakalaranch.com