Hawaiʻi Museums Association 2021 Annual Conference

April 16 - 17

Aloha mai kākou! 

Thank you for your interest in participating in HMA’s 2021 Annual Conference. We will continue updating this page as we confirm speakers and other activities.

Our Conference Theme

The theme for the Hawaiʻi Museums Association’s first digital conference is ACCESS. Whether in regards to making museums more welcoming to underrepresented groups or of making collections available to their source communities, issues of access continue to transform current practices. Indeed, as we have witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and related repositories have turned towards digital platforms (zoom, social media, etc.) to provide museum visitors with access to programs, exhibits, and collections. During our 2020 program series, Mākau Moʻomeheu: Cultural Competence in Hawaiʻi’s Museums, our invited guest speakers, comprising of museum professionals and Hawaiian knowledge holders, also expressed the importance of making our island institutions (and our profession) more accessible to Native Hawaiians and other Hawaiʻi communities. 

For our 2021 conference, we have invited speakers to share their experiences of addressing issues of access in their professional or community work. Questions that we encourage conference attendees to consider as they attend each panel include: 

  1. How does access relate to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity (DEAI) initiatives? 
  2. How can Hawaiʻi’s museums better serve individuals with disabilities? 
  3. What are some strategies and methods that museums can develop to make their online collections and programs more accessible? 
  4. How can museum professions (grant writing, exhibition development, curation, education, etc.) become more accessible to a more diverse pool of candidates? 
  5. Are their parts of the museum that should remain inaccessible to the general public?


The conference will be held on Zoom between Friday, April 16 – Saturday, April 17, 2021. Sessions will be recorded and made available for viewing for four weeks following the end of the conference. Real-time captioning for our panels is provided by The Caption Company, a local company serving Hawaii.

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Conference Teasers

English language version (inc. closed captions)

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi version (inc. closed captions)

Mahalo to our institutional members

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