2018 AHA Annual Meeting and Holoholo Day

The 2018 AHA Annual Meeting was held Feb. 18th on Maui at the UH Maui College ʻIke Leʻa Building. Here are some pictures from the day along with information on the panels and presenters we had.


AHA Panels & Presenters PDF



The day before the Annual Meeting, AHA conducted a Holoholo Day where we toured Maui repositories and museums. Our first stop was the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, where they recently established a working archive.



The next stop on our Holoholo day was the Maui Historical Society Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House



Our last stop on the Holoholo Day was  the Makawao History Museum



Mahalo to 




A special mahalo to Trisha Aragaki, Keau george, Brooks Hardlie, Malia Van-Heuklem, Kuulei Reyes, Jue Wang, & Brian Huffman for sharing pictures!!!



Community Genealogy Workshop II

Aloha mai,
The Association of Hawai’i Archivists, in partnership with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Hamilton Library, presented our Community Genealogy Workshop II, on January 13, 2018 from 10am – 5pm at Hamilton Library.
Ami Mulligan of Discover Your Ohana and researcher Sarah Tamashiro led this workshop on family history research, including how to overcome barriers and challenges one may face.
Please see the flyer below– registration is FREE, LUNCH was provided.
Kina’u McKeague & Nicki Garces
AHA Service Committee

AHA Holiday Party was 12/3/17

Thank you for joining AHA for our Annual Holiday Social which was held at the  First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, 2500 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817 Sunday December 3, 2017 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. It was buffet style with lots and lots of yummy mouth-savoring food from A Catered Experience:


  • Assorted Sushi (Maki, Teppo Maki, Inari)
  • Assorted Grilled Fresh Vegetables with Asian Aioli
  • Thai Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Sliced Roast Beef on Potato Rolls with Mustard, Mayonnaise & Horseradish
  • Assorted Canapés (Smoked Salmon Mousse on Cucumber Rounds with Capers, Cherry Tomatoes with Lomi Salmon Garlic/Herb Cream Cheese in Snow Peas, Deviled Eggs)
  • Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
  • Crab Cakes with Wasabi Caper Sauce
  • Char Siu Pork on Ho Yeh Buns with Plum Sauce
  • Salad/Fruit
  • With added vegetarian options and dessert & drinks

The cost was $20 for members and $15 for students, guests were welcome also for $20.

Send checks to:

Association of Hawaii Archivists
P.O. Box 1751
Honolulu, HI 96806

Thank you to all the volunteers and thank you for a wonderful party!

AHA Collaborates with Hale Noelo for First Genealogy Workshop

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By Nicki Garces

Historically, the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists (AHA) provide free workshops to the public on archiving and preserving family history. This time, due to growing community requests, AHA decided to offer workshops on genealogy research. The first genealogy workshop was held on October 14, 2017 in collaboration with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Hale Noelo Research and Technology Center. Due to limited capacity, community members had an opportunity to sign up for a morning or afternoon session held at Hale Noelo, a hidden gem located at the back of the Nā Lama Kukui building in Iwilei. The objective to these sessions was to have the attendees be introduced to and try out the free services offered at the Center.

Project Manager Kale Hannahs gave a thorough introduction on Hale Noelo, including the Center’s own “genealogy.” The Center was a natural progression of the Papakilo database, a public access digital repository of data pertaining to the history, culture and geography of Hawaiʻi. Known as “the database of databases,” Papakilo was created in 2011 from the growing collection of data OHA acquired from mandated environmental and cultural compliance reviews for development projects.  It contains OHA’s report database, historical land records and the SHPD Index database. OHA funds the project which also builds on partnerships. Papakilo also includes digitized collections from institutions such as Bishop Museum, Hula Preservation Society, Kauaʻi Historical Society, Kawaiahaʻo Church, Kamakakuokalani, the Hawaiʻi State Archives, Ulukau and ʻUluʻulu. Through Hale Noelo, institutions with restricted resources are able to protect their collections through digitization and preservation  and extend online access to the general public. Kipuka database is the younger sibling of Papakilo that uses GPS mapping. Search for area maps can be done via tax map key or word search.

With the success of Papakilo, OHA further planned to include the community, not only to access the records and other materials on the database, but to also help families preserve their own family histories. Hence, Hale Noelo was born and launched on April 18, 2016. Hale Noelo offers four types of services:

1) Digitization and preservation: Hale Noelo has equipment to digitize microfilm, oversized materials such as large maps, and bound materials such as scrapbooks. The Center prioritizes educating the public on how to best preserve family collections. As it is not a requirement, individuals who utilize the center’s digitization services has the option to include the digitized items on Papakilo. Those who comply, sign an agreement form.

2) Genealogy technical assistance: Luci Meyer is the in-house professional genealogist who assists clients on how to do genealogy research. This includes verification and research regarding kuleana tax exemptions.

3) Subscriptions to e-resources: As subscription databases are expensive, Hale Noelo subscribes to ancestry.com, EBSCOHost research databases, and other newspaper, journal and periodical databases that have information about Hawaiʻi. These resources are for the community to use free of charge at the Center.

4) “Recordation” services: Hale Noelo has a meeting room and equipment to record and videotape oral history. It has partnered with the Library of Congress and NPR’s StoryCorps that broadcasts interviews on Hawaiian cultural practitioners. It also does intergenerational collaborations such as their project with Nanakuli Library that engages elders and youth.

After the in-depth presentation, the Saturday attendees were able to try out the different subscription databases, Papakilo, and Kipuka, as well as have their documents digitized. Professional genealogist Ami Mulligan and researcher Sarah Tamashiro, who will be the facilitators for the next AHA genealogy workshop, were guests at the morning session. During the hands-on activities, they assisted the attendees with their genealogy research. The attendees were grateful for Ami’s and Sarah’s help as they uncovered more information on their ancestors.  

The community members who came to the workshop had various degrees of genealogy experience. Some have not done genealogy before. One attendee has 40 years of doing genealogy, and was impressed with Hale Noelo’s services. A grandmother came with her granddaughter and great grandson. The family had done genealogy for their other ethnic backgrounds; this was their first time researching their Hawaiian roots. Kale helped them find information about a Hawaiian ancestor and they were blown away with his progeny. The granddaughter said that she is interested in her genealogy because she wants to be ready to answer her son when he has questions about his family. As each session was only 2 ½ hours long, most of the attendees mentioned that they will schedule one-on-one appointments with Hale Noelo.

The next AHA genealogy workshop will be on January 13, 2018 at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Hamilton Library. Ami and Sarah will focus on genealogy research and will provide case studies on overcoming barriers. Registration information will be available shortly.

For more information about Hale Noelo and to schedule an appointment, visit their webpage at www.oha.org/halenoelo. The Papakilo database is found at www.papakilodatabase.com and the Kipuka database is found at www.kipukadatabase.com. Both databases are remotely accessible and free to the public.                      

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: https://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/course-catalog/introduction-to-email-preservation

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: https://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/course-catalog/basics-of-managing-digital-records-getting-you-started

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: https://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/course-catalog/digital-records—the-next-step

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 (archives.law.hawaii.edu) 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.

Archival websites