Continuing Education Opportunities: DAS Webinar Fall 2017 Schedule

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Aloha Members,

As part of AHA’s continuing mission to provide educational opportunities, we are happy to present a 3-month string of DAS (Digital Archives Specialist) curriculum webinars. These webinars will be of interest to those working towards earning a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from SAA, as well as to anyone involved in working with born-digital and other electronic records.

Webinar #1 – Introduction to Email Preservation

WHERE: University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library Yap Room (A153)

WHEN: September 17th, 2017 (Sunday) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm


DAS Tier: Foundational

Registration Deadline: September 12th, 2017

Register HERE

Webinar #2 – Basics of Managing Digital Records: Getting You Started

WHERE: University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library Yap Room (A153)

WHEN: October 22nd, 2017 (Sunday) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm


DAS Tier: Foundational

Registration Deadline: October 17th, 2017

Register HERE

Webinar #3 – Digital Records – The Next Step

WHERE: University of Hawaii, Hamilton Library Yap Room (A153)

WHEN: November 12, 2017 (Sunday) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm


DAS Tier: Tactical & Strategy

Registration Deadline: November 7th, 2017

Register HERE

COST: $10 per person per webinar. Please make checks payable to Association of Hawaii Archivists – which will be collected on the day of the class. Payment via PayPal will also be available. If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examinations associated with each course. There is a cost to the exam, which is NOT included in the cost of the webinar.

Register HERE to participate in our DAS webinar series.

Thank you for your continued membership in AHA, and for your support of professional development opportunities. Should you have any questions regarding these matters, please email Gailyn Bopp.

Hope to see you at the webinars!

All best,

AHA Education Committee

Eleanor Kleiber, Joy Holland, Nicki Garces, Gailyn Bopp

Legal History Preservation for Hawai’i and Pacific Peoples



By Ellen-Rae Cachola, William S. Richardson School of Law Library Archives Manager

The William S. Richardson School of Law Library is working on ways to get under-heard Hawaiian and Pacific Island legal history accessible.  We are currently processing the papers of the Professor of Law Jon Van Dyke, who passed away in 2011.  Professor Van Dyke wrote the book Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawaiʻi?  In Crown Lands, he used legal resources to answer the question of who owns the Hawaiian Kingdom’s Crown Lands following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893.  This was just one among many of  Van Dyke’s works that contributed to the foundations of Native Hawaiian, Human Rights, Environmental and Ocean Laws.

Through the support of the Hawaiʻi Council of Humanities, The University of Hawaiʻi School of Law hired a graduate student from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library Science Program, Casie Azuma, to help process the papers for preservation. She recently reflected on her experience:

“Since I started working on Jon Van Dyke collection, I am learning what he has done, and what kind of influence he had around the world with his knowledge and expertise… I am learning about his network range and influence…and who has contacted him for his expertise in each respective topic.”

Political Science undergraduate student, Kaley Vatalaro, also helps to process Van Dyke’s papers. She currently interns at the Public Defender’s office. Kaley shares:

“One of my favorite aspects about archiving the Jon Van Dyke collection is learning about the history of so many places that get very little attention in our high school history books, such as the Mariana Islands, Palau (and other islands part of the Micronesia region), Kalama Atoll, and so many more…Jon Van Dyke’s dedication to advancing the interests of indigenous peoples should never go unnoticed, which is precisely why this archiving project is so important.”

Lastly, Taylor Brack, a second year William S. Richardson School of Law student, also assists the team in processing the Van Dyke papers.  In her words:

“It has been my first experience with archiving and I have learned a lot–not just about the archiving process, but also about our beloved Professor Van Dyke and his work. I got to see all the ins-and-outs of extensive legal research and how complex, well-written books and papers can have humble beginnings on yellow legal pads or even hotel stationery. I got to see what collaboration and correspondence between two professionals looks like. So far, I have read about the development of the judiciary in the Federated States of Micronesia, the forced abdication of Queen Liliuʻokalani, and the controversy surrounding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument which are all topics of which I had no prior knowledge. I am excited to continue learning as I complete this project.”

The Jon Van Dyke Archive is a rich resource for research in the legal history of Hawaii and other Pacific Island nations.  This collection exemplifies how people’s relationships, histories and practices influenced the unfolding of our contemporary Pacific society.

Visit the William S. Richardson School of Law Library Archives portal ( to search and browse our collection finding aids and indexes.  And, watch your inbox for a message about the launching of Jon Van Dyke Archives in February 2018.

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Annual Meeting on Feb. 18, 2017 at the William S. Richardson School of Law

The 2017 Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Mānoa in Classroom 2 and the Courtyard, 8:30am-3:00pm. The theme of this year’s annual meeting was Connecting Archives to Community, Connecting Community to Archives.

There was a keynote, three panels, the business meeting, and an optional limited space tour of the William S. Richardson School of Law Library and Archives. Morning refreshments and lunch provided. Registration waz $30.00 for members, $22.50 for students/retirees and $45.00 for non-members. Parking was $6.00 cash at the Lower Campus Parking Structure. Pay at the parking booth.

Here was the meeting schedule
08:30am-09:00am: Registration, Morning Refreshments

09:00am-09:15am: President’s Welcome: Annie Thomas

09:15am-10:00am: Keynote Kepā Maly

10:00am-10:15am: Break

10:15am-11:00am: Serving Your Community, Serving Your Collections: Striking a Balance
Financial resources, staff time constraints, and ever changing needs create challenges for historical societies, cultural non-profits, museums, and other types of repositories in Hawaii stewarding collections which preserve and disseminate important community stories and history. We’ll hear three successful narratives of what different repositories in Hawaii are doing to connect with communities of students, local patrons, volunteers, and other types of virtual “communities of students, local patrons, volunteers, and other types of virtual “communities” in alignment with the mission of these organizations. Collections ranging from archival, to historic structures will be explored in the context of trying best to serve one’s community while balancing the realities of caring for collections outside of the large museum and university context.
Panelists: Nicki Garces/Consuelo Foundation; Theo Morrison/Lahaina Restoration Foundation; Helen Wong Smith/Kauai Historical Society.

11:00am-11:15am: Break

11:15am-12:00pm: An Archive of Kuleana: Meeting the Needs of Our Users
Archives are spaces where stories are fashioned. Stories that have been drawn out from carefully arranged, described, preserved, and accessible collections of records. These records are places of remembrance, rights, and responsibilities that hold immense power, both good and bad. Yet for researchers, navigating the world of archives is a skill and emotional process of its own; one filled with uncertainty, chill, intimidation, sadness, and joy. This a panel of our “regular” users who will share their stories of kuleana in archives, their struggles, and their successes by tackling the questions: Why are archives so important to you? What is challenging about doing archival research? How can we better support you? And how can archives partner with the skillsets, knowledge, and passion you bring?
Kalei Laimana/UHM Doctoral Student in History & Leeward CC Hawaiian Studies Lecturer; Kawelau Wright/UHM Doctoral Student in Geography & UHM/Māui College Hawaiian Studies Lecturer; Ami Mulligan/UHM Doctoral Student in History & Professional Genealogist.

12:00pm-01:00pm: Lunch catered by Juicy Brew (Greenhouse Mixed Greens Salad with Carrots, Cucumbers, Radishes, Toasted Nuts and choice of  Honey Basil or Ginger Miso Dressing; Hummus with Vegetables and Cheese Wrap; Turkey Raspberry Chipotle Wrap; Chef’s Choice Seasonal Mochi Platter; and Canned Juices)

01:00pm-02:00pm: Archives, The Two-Way Street
Archives are known as places of academic research, historic study, and genealogy records. However, in the modern age of easy information access, you could say that the concept of “the archive”, a valuable informational resource, has somewhat been lost to our younger generations. So, how do archivists re-connect youth to these resources? How do educators use archives in their classrooms? How do we turn these memory institutions from “lost memories” to rejuvenated ones for our youth to learn, grow, and become inspired by?

Panelists: David Kupferman and Brenda Machosky/UH West Oʻahu; Stacy Naipo/Kamehameha Schools Archives; Georgina Tom/ʻIolani School Archives.

02:00pm-02:15pm: Break

02:15pm-02:45pm: Business Meeting

02:45pm-03:15pm: Optional tour of William S. Richardson School of Law Library and Archives.  Max 30 people. Registration for this event will open after February 1st, 2017.

Mahalo to our sponsors!
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AHA’s Annual Holiday Social

AHA members enjoyed the holiday season together at Miyohoji Temple in Nuʻuanu on Dec. 11, 2016. After a delicious and fancy bento lunch, Marcia Kemble led us in a game testing our knowledge of traditional Japanese table settings. Helen Wong Smith was recognized for her induction as a Fellow of SAA this past summer and the SAA-student chapter honored Deborah Dunn, Nicolita Garces, and Andrew Wertheimer with the inaugural Lei Lau Kukui Mentor & Educator Award. Mahalo to Kanako Iwase and the AHA Holiday Social Committee for planning the event, as well as SAA-student chapter and Marcia Kemble for the decorations and game!