Hawaiʻi Museums Association 2021 Annual Conference

April 16 - 17


FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021

9:00am - 9:10am

Opening Remarks

Lisa Solomine, HMA President, Deputy Director of Administration, Hawaiʻi Mission Houses Historic Site & Archives 

9:10am - 10:30am

Conference Keynote

Marie Clapot, Museum Educator for Accessibility, Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Managing Educator for Accessibility, Metropolitan Museum of Art 

10:45am - 11:45am

Museum Accessibility in Hawaiʻi

Marina George (moderator)

Kim Hutchison, Associate Director, Visitor & Volunteer Services, Honolulu Museum of Art 

Jason Moore, EEO Specialist, County of Maui 

Rose Adare, President, Kīpaipai Art Foundation & Differently-Abled Artist

Pauline Victoria, Board Member, Kīpaipai Art Foundation 

Mar Ortaleza, Board Member, Kīpaipai Art Foundation; Program Director, Full Life Hawaiʻi; & Organizer, Abled Hawaiʻi Artists

Accessibility in museums is diverse and complex, requiring a deeper understanding and relationship to people with disabilities. It is more than being ADA compliant and requires our institutions to dedicate resources and structural designs to meet those wide-ranging needs. What considerations and conversations take place when our cultural institutions address accessibility? How can our museums do better to become places for people with disabilities? This panel brings together institutions, accessibility educators, and self-advocates to share their experiences on making museum accessibility a priority in their work and institutions. We will learn about their challenges, policy changes, and programs that allow for a more inclusive and accessible community space.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Hawaiʻi Museums Association's Annual Business Meeting

Click HERE to visit the Annual Meeting page with more information.

(This meeting will end shortly before 1:00 p.m. in time for the next session. We encourage you to enjoy your lunch with us at this meeting. )

1:00pm - 2:00pm

The North Shore Ethnographic Field School: Place-based Storytelling in Waialua

Dr. Ty Kāwika Tengan (moderator), Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies and Anthropology University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Daven Chang, Undergraduate Student, Hawaiian Studies & Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kuʻulei Freed, Moʻolelo Evaluation Specialist, Hoʻoulu ʻĀina

Rachel Greiner, Graduate Student, American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Moki Labra, Waialua Community Member 

Place-based storytelling is necessary for museums and heritage sites to engage in and learn from if they are to remain relevant to their communities. This roundtable session features students and instructors of the North Shore Field School. The field school is a community-based class funded by Kamehameha Schools and taught through the Department of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at UH-Mānoa that provides students with the opportunity to connect to kūpuna, ‘ohana and community members from the Waialua moku (district) on Oʻahu. Each speaker will talk briefly about their experience in the program, the storytelling projects they pursued, and the process of bolstering community efforts to document their life experiences and memories of place. Through this session, we encourage audience members to reflect on the following question: How can museums support and build relationships with community-based storytelling classes/projects?

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Removing Financial Barriers with Museums for All

Brendan Cartwright, Program Manager, Special Initiatives, Association of Children’s Museums

Ashley Jones, Museum Program Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Amber McCammon, Director of Programs and Curator, Virgin Islands Children’s Museum

Museums for All is a national, branded access program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. It is open to participation by any type of museum. The program provides an easy-to-implement structure and the ability for participating museums to customize their implementation. The Museums for All program has helped facilitate over three million visits to those who might not otherwise be able to afford to visit. In this session, attendees will learn how the program operates and what is involved in joining and participating. They will also gain a firsthand perspective from a participating museum.

Find out how your museum can get involved, and what it’s like once you are.

Museums for All is an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency based in Washington, DC. The initiative is administered by the Association of Children’s Museums through a cooperative agreement with IMLS.

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking Pauhana

Want to know more members of Hawaiʻi’s museum community? Join us for an informal gathering of friends and colleagues! 


9:00am - 10:00am

Digital Access through Apps and Other Platforms

Hadley Andersen (moderator), HMA Board Member, Education Specialist, Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Jessica Adinolfi, Environmental Scientist, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaiʻi

Audrey Blair, Public Programs Manager, Kona Historical Society

Nohelani Frizzell, President, Native Stories 

Technology that brings us together virtually has grown by leaps and bounds during the current pandemic crisis. Many applications that were in heavy use in specialized fields came to the forefront of public consciousness or became the focal point of public connection once physical presence required limitation. This panel taps into some of those technologies and how they have been utilized by our fellow institutions.

10:15am - 11:15am

Philanthropy Work—From Grantmakers to Grantseekers

Stacy Hoshino (Moderator)Director of Community Grants, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

Mary Ramsay, Director of Foundation Relations, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Mandy Kirchgessner, Museum Program Consultant

Noelle Kahanu, Assistant Specialist, Department of American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Jessica Welch, Executive Director, Mānoa Heritage Center 

Elise von Dohlen, Program Officer, Hawai‘i Community Foundation

The philanthropy sector can be mysterious and intimidating and those professionals, the grant writers and administrators, who interact with grantmakers play integral roles as major fundraisers so their museums or learning and visitor centers can fulfill their missions and successfully operate. During this roundtable, philanthropy experts will discuss the business of grants, recent trends and initiatives in equitable grantmaking, the grant climate in Hawai‘i, among other topics. This session is ideal for beginners and experienced professionals.

11:45am - 12:45pm

ʻAina Awakea - Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Access During A Pandemic

Lisa Solomine (moderator), HMA President, Deputy Director of Administration, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives 

Kamalu du Preez (moderator), HMA Director, Assistant Collection Manager for Ethnology at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Mike Smola, Curator of Programs, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Yvonne Manipon, School Programs and Volunteer Coordinator, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Macie Tawata, School Groups and Special Tours Coordinator, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Jason Foberg, Manager of Visitor Experience, Bishop Museum

Kapalikūokalani Maile, Education Programs Manager, Bishop Museum

This panel will feature staff from Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and Bishop Museum. They will discuss the considerations, adaptations, and transitions that occurred in programing and access during the course of the pandemic in 2020. The Hawaiian Mission Houses (HMH) expanded its digital footprint during the pandemic while also creating lasting content that can be repurposed into other aspects of virtual or online programming. HMH created “Connecting with History” a daily feature on the HMH website and social media.  Through videos, at-home activities, use of archival materials and images, the HMH staff found new modes of engaging audiences and providing access to the historic houses and site during the pandemic.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

On the Horizon of 2021: Future Projects & Directions

Halena Kapuni-Reynolds (moderator), HMA Secretary, Graduate Assistant, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. 

Chucky Boy Chock, Executive Director, Kauaʻi Museum 

Nikki Cristobal, Executive Director, Kamāwaelualani Corp. 

Isabella E. Hughes, Co-founder/partner, Above the Equator & co-founder/board chair, Hawaiʻi Contemporary

Alice Kaʻahanui, Executive Director, Molokaʻi Art Center 

Noelle Kahanu, Assistant Specialist in Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian Programs, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Dr. Barbara Moir, President and Executive Director, Lyman House Memorial Museum

Dr. Brett Oppegaard, Associate Professor, Communication, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Shelley Preza, Executive Director, Lānaʻi Heritage Center 

Dr. Teri L. Skillman, Executive Director, Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance 

2020 has significantly changed how museums and like minded organizations operate their businesses. A new normal has emerged as organizations evaluate how their patrons can access their institutions safely into 2021 and beyond. What does access look like in this new normal? How have Hawaiiʻs organizations adapted to these changes? What projects are on the horizon and what future direction are these organizations navigating towards? 

This panel features short videos produced by HMA members and Hawaiʻi’s museums and cultural centers, highlighting the important services that our island institutions continue to provide to our respective communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Closing Reflections

Dr. Karen Kosasa, Director, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, Department of American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Ryan Mandado, Graduate Student, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, & Chief Academic Officer, DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach Public Charter School

Kristin Remington, Digital Assets & Collections Manager,  Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

6:00pm - 8:00pm

ZOOM Karaoke

It’s exactly what it sounds like. We will be hosting two hours of karaoke via zoom. Join us with your beverage of choice and some pupus as we sing the night away to celebrate the ending of our annual conference!