Hawaiʻi Museums Association 2021 Annual Conference

April 16 - 17


FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021

9:00am - 9:10am

Opening Remarks

Lisa Solomine, HMA President, Director of Administration and Special Projects, Hawaiʻi Mission Houses Historic Site & Archives 

9:10am - 10:30am

Conference Keynote


10:45am - 11:45am

Museum Accessibility in Hawaiʻi

Marina George (moderator)

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.

11:45am - 12:45pm

ʻAina Awakea - Lunch

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 

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

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

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 

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 Grant Seekers

Stacy Hoshino (moderator), Director of Grants and Special Projects, Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities

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, four philanthropy experts will discuss the business of grants, recent trends and initiatives in equitable grantmaking, working in this sector, among other topics.

11:45am - 12:45pm

ʻAina Awakea - Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Access During A Pandemic

Lisa Solomine (moderator), HMA President, Director of Administration and Special Projects, Hawaiʻi Mission Houses Historic Site & Archives 


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 

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

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!