AHA 2020 Annual Meeting

Screen Shot 2020-01-12 at 3.28.53 PM.pngJoin us February 14-15th at Hawaiʻi Pacific University for the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists’ 2020 Annual Meeting. The theme for the 2020 meeting is ‘Archives and Communities: He pilina wehena’ole (an unseverable relationship),’ which explores how archives can grow and strengthen pilina (connection or relationships) with our communities and spaces.

Conference fees are:

  • Student / Retiree: $35.00
  • AHA Personal / Institutional Member: $55.00
  • Non-Member: $65.00

Register here.


Holoholo Day, February 14, 2020 

(Holoholo Day is free, but members-only, and limited to 20 attendees)

Holoholo Day Registration form.

Annual Meeting, February 15, 2020

Check-in and continental breakfast (8:30-9:00 am)
President’s Welcome (9:00 am)

Keynote (9:10-9:50 am)
Desoto Brown, Historian – Bishop Museum
DeSoto Brown has been employed at Bishop Museum Archives since 1987. Beginning with the moving image collection specifically, he gradually came to have general duties in the Archives. Today he has the title of Bishop Museum Historian. Over the years he has dealt with collection management and care, as well as the commercial side of providing copies of Archives materials for all kinds of patrons and customers. Additionally, he has authored different books and articles and thus has been a researcher and archival customer as well.

Break (9:50-10:00 am)

Panel 1: “Community Archiving Projects” (10:00 – 11:50 am)
This panel explores collaborative and sustainable community archiving projects, how these projects are nurtured, and challenges faced while balancing access and collective stewardship of archives.

“Kuleana knows no distance”: caring for the sacred Marshall Islands genealogies
Eleanor Kleiber, Librarian – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Pacific Collection

“Furniture Fit for a Queen”: How a table led the way to building an inclusive community approach to acquisitions
Cynthia Engle, Curator – Washington Place

A Journey to the Source of Strings”: Unraveling the Pacific Origins of the World’s Most Iconic Stringed Instruments
Kilin Reece, Luthier, Researcher, and Community Archivist

Lunch (11:50-12:50 pm)

Panel 2: Connecting Archives and Communities through Technology (12:50-2:35 pm)
Technology has impacted the ways communities access, interact, and collectively manage archival collections. This panel discusses new technologies and projects implemented online, giving insights into ways we can strengthen bonds with the community in technologically innovative ways.

“Mauna Kea Social Media Archiving Group”
Kawena Komeji, Alphie Garcia, Shavon Matsuda – University of Hawaiʻi System Librarians

“Introduction to Mukurtu”
Alana Kanahele, Gary Holton – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

“Out of the Whale’s Mouth”: Creating Online Access Points to the Douglas S. DeSure Scrimshaw Collection
Gailyn Bopp, Associate Archivist – Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi Archives

Break (2:35-2:45 pm)

AHA Business Meeting (2:45-3:45 pm)
Pau Hana (4pm @ Gordon Biersch)


AHA 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at Hawaiʻi Pacific University – Aloha Tower, ground floor in Multi-Purpose Room 3.



  • Parking at Aloha Tower for the special event rate of $10 (all-day)
  • Harbor Court – All-day parking for $3 max (entrance at 22 Merchant St. makai side)

Register here.