Talk Story with the Museum’s Docents

volunteerbbqStop by the Museum on any day, and you’ll be greeted by one of our competent docents who can walk you through the Museum pointing out little known facts about our community. Most days you’ll find Kathy overseeing phone problems, restocking shelves, or changing hours to suit the various docent schedules. Or you might encounter Gene, who for many years drove a tour bus so he knows a lot about Maui history and is now becoming an expert on Makawao history. Or you might find Ti Lay, our wonderful Tuesday morning volunteer full of energy and enthusiasm arriving by bus at 9:30 a.m., opening the Museum for all those early bird visitors strolling Makawao before anything opens.

Meet our Friendly Volunteers…

Jim always arrives with his bike on the back of his car wearing his old paniolo hat. He usually stands outside the front of the Museum ready to engage visitors in conversation. Lydia is little but she’s a powerful docent with incredible energy. Her laughter with the visitors can be heard throughout our garden. And when you come through the door and see Wide sitting at the desk, perhaps composing poetry as he waits for visitors, you are in for a treat. He is a widely travelled man who shares his thoughts with all who come through the door. Jean arrives in the afternoon with a beautiful quilting project and her knowledge of Hawaiian quilting. If you’re in town on Saturday you’ll find Leo ready to talk art, history or health, in addition to helping you with any facts about the Museum. As Joanna tends the Museum, she reminds us of interesting facts and relays stories of her past Makawao experiences. Martha, a long-time resident, can answer most questions about Makawao history in a way that visitors love, because she’s lived it. Jane enriches a quiet Thursday afternoon in the Museum with her pleasant smile and ready comments.

And add to these loyal weekly volunteers Marilyn, Greg, Sunny, Carol Lynn, Mary, David, and Jennifer who step up when Kathy needs help and rarely say no to a spur-of-the-moment request. The Museum can’t thank these wonderful docents enough for helping us keep the doors open seven days a week. And while these docents are doing their job, Darrell and Cherie are often working on a new exhibit, with visitors watching and the docents answering new question – there is always a challenge for our excellent volunteers who take on whatever is asked of them.

Join our Ohana and make a difference in Makawao…

A “Volunteer Docent Thank You” barbeque was held in May in the pasture across from the Museum that was attended by over fifty people enjoying a Sunday afternoon of games, good food, talking story and presentation of certificates. The fellowship was great, friendships were established, and all had a good time. The Museum plans to do another appreciation event again soon.

The Museum is extremely grateful to every single docent who freely gives four hours of their time each week to preserve the memories and history of our Makawao town. If you would like to volunteer as a docent, please contact Kathy at 808 419-1322.