Hawaiʻi Museums Association 2021 Annual Conference
April 16 - 17
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021
9:00am - 9:10am
Lisa Solomine, HMA President, Deputy Director of Administration, Hawaiʻi Mission Houses Historic Site & Archives
9:10am - 10:30am
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
Want to know more members of Hawaiʻi’s museum community? Join us for an informal gathering of friends and colleagues!
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2021
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
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
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!