Director sought for Grove Farm Museum

LIHUE — If Waioli Corporation president Sam Pratt had his druthers, a new director for the Grove Farm Museum would be in place by the end of the first quarter.

“This is not just being a museum technician,” Pratt said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s about managing and operating a preservation (and) conservation organization.”

Pratt confirmed the Waioli Corp.’s active search for a director to replace Robert Schleck, who died last year, and the unanticipated departure of Paul Horner during the holidays.

“We are accepting applications for the position,” Pratt said. “We have placed the job listing on several websites hoping to attract qualified applicants. More information on the job description and information on what the position responsibilities include should be, if not already posted, on the grovefarm.org website.”

The list of applicants will be evaluated to arrive at a short list and, following interviews, Pratt hopes to name a new director.

“We were so fortunate to have Bob Schleck with us,” Pratt said. “He worked hard, and was on track with the vision of the board. We also learned a lot from Paul Horner when he came on board. He had plans to stay for a while, but there were changes in life and events happened to change his plans — all during the holidays. Paul was a good director with an understanding of the plantation-era lifestyle because of his childhood growing up in Waimanalo, Oahu, and working on Lanai. He brought a lot to the table, and we learned from him.”

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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