AHA Board of Directors
Ju Sun Yi has a MLISc from the University of Hawai‘i and is a Certified Archivist from the Academy of Certified Archivists. She has worked at various institutions before coming to the State Archives, including Government Documents at Hamilton Library and Bishop Museum. Ju Sun holds an undergraduate degree in Photography, and her professional interest lies in digitization and information accessibility.
Gaily Lehuanani Bopp Director 2018-2020 Associate Archivist at BYU Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with an MLIS in 2016. She is a recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA).
Rachael Bussert Director 2018-2020 Congressional Papers Archivist, University of Hawaii at Manoa. She serves as the curator for the Hawaii Congressional Papers Collection which preserves and makes accessible the personal papers of Hawaii’s members of Congress from 1959 onward. Rachael is a Certified Archivist with a MA in History with a concentration in Public History from Wright State University and a MLIS from Wayne State University with a concentration in Digital Content Management. She previously worked as a project archivist for four years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for NHPRC funded projects at Northern Michigan University and Michigan Technological University. Rachael enjoys engaging with the archival profession, especially through her recent contributions to archival education as a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists Exam Development Committee. Her current professional interests include political collections and Big Data as well as information literacy for primary sources.
Mina Elison Director 2018-2020 Curator of Kona Historical Society and Principal at Kahiwa Cultural Heritage Consulting. Mina has worked as an oral historian on numerous projects across the state and has served as an archaeological consultant with several cultural heritage consulting firms; the Lead ‘Opio Program Specialist at Hui Malama O Ke Kai; as a Curatorial Assistant at multiple museums including The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Museum of Man in San Diego, and American Indian Community House Gallery in New York City. She has a BA in Anthropology and French and an MA in Museum Studies from NYU. She also completed the 2017 Western Archives Institute at Santa Clara University.
Nicolita Garces Directors 2017-2019 Nicolita Marie “Nicki” Garces completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science in December 2013 from the University of Hawai‘i. She has a strong focus on indigenous and multicultural librarianship and archives and for six years, has worked with Hawaiian, Pacific Islands, Hawai‘i Japanese, Hawai‘i Filipino and Asian collections. She obtained her DAS certificate in 2015 and became a certified archivist this year. Nicki is the archives director of the recently established Filipino American National Historical Society Hawai‘i State Chapter. She is currently the information management officer at the Consuelo Foundation, an organization helping families to prevent child abuse and domestic violence in Hawai‘i as well as in the Philippines.
Keau George Director 2016-2018 Collections Manager for the Hula Preservation Society. She has training and experience in organizing and maintaining digital materials and working with audio-visual collections. She also regularly serves as an assistant researcher for many of HPS’s projects. Keau has made presentations on HPS’s oral history work and database initiatives at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, & Museums and the Hawai‘i Digital Symposium. She has worked closely with members of Nā Hawai‘i ‘Imi Loa, a student LIS hui from Mānoa, to offer intern opportunities and learning at the HPS archive. Keau has a passion for Hawaiian culture, tradition and stories and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu in Humanities, Hawaiian-Pacific Studies. Keau is striving to learn new methodologies and processes, especially associated with the preservation of digital content and is always looking to make new connections with people in the archives, library, and museums fields.
Jennifer Leung Director 2018-2020 Cultural Site Manager for the Mānoa Heritage Center. This site consists of Kūkaʻōʻō Heiau, a garden of Native and Polynesian-introduced plants, and Kūaliʻi, an historic home with a collection of art and rare books. Her responsibilities include collections management of historical assets and living collections; public programming, communications and outreach; facilities operations; technology infrastructure; collaborating on community partnerships. She was previously the Collections Manager for Mānoa Heritage Center, and has worked as a Collections Assistant at the Honolulu Museum of Art. She holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in American Studies, and a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation.
Kīna‘u McKeague Director 2017-2018 (completing Director Kanako Iwase’s term)
Kīna‘u McKeague is a recent graduate from the LIS program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with an undergraduate degree from Hawai‘inuiākea in Hawaiian studies. He served as chair of Nā Hawai‘i ‘Imi Loa hui haumāna & vice-president of the Society of American Archivists student chapter at UH Mānoa. Through these student groups he has supported the AHA annual meeting, the holiday social and collaborated on community archival workshops. Kīnaʻu is currently working with the Halekulani Hotel archives.
Storm Stoker Director 2016-2018 Technical Services Support Specialist at the William S. Richardson School of Law Library. Storm has an MLISc specializing in Archives. She is a Provisionally Certified Archivist and a Digital Archives Specialist. She attended Rare Book School at the University of Virginia as an IMLS fellow and presented on Augmented Reality at ATALM in October 2016 and 2017. She has her own business called East West Research, specializing in probate and genealogical research- http://www.eastwesthi.com.
Eleanor Kleiber Director/Secretary/President
Pacific Specialist Librarian, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Annie Keola Kaukahi Thomas, Hawaiian Resources Librarian, Kapi‘olani Community College
Archive of Previous Board:
Linda Hee, Archivist, U.S. Army Garrison- Hawai‘i Cultural Resources Section
Kanako Iwase, Visual Resources Librarian, Department of Art and Art History of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Kapena Shim, Hawai‘i Specialist Librarian, Hawaiian Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Joy Holland Executive Director of the Kona Historical Society (KHS) since January of 2013, a museum, archive, and community outreach organization with two sites on the National and State Historic Register of Places.
Asarco Shiba was the the Archivist for University Records at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) Library.
Ju Sun Yi
Archivist, Hawaiʻi State Archives
Collections Manager, Hula Preservation Society
Executive Director, Kona Historical Society
Visual Resources Librarian, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Dept. of Art & Art History
Pacific Specialist Librarian, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa