Honoring Our Moʻokūʻauhau Sat, 16 Feb 2019 9:10am (40m) (global) - Keynote

The ʻōlelo noʻeau, I ulu no ka lālā i ke kumu, reminds us that without our ancestors we would not be here. It literally means the branches grow because of the trunk. As the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists celebrates its 30 year history, it is important for us to honor our kumu. Those who have been the trunk of our association that have built and grown the foundation for us today. It is also important for us to honor the lālā. The members of this association who have been the branches in our community committed to strengthening archives in and for Hawaiʻi. As we reflect on the past and dream for the future, how do we honor our kumu, ourselves, and each other? What can we learn from our ancestry to help us in this practice? This keynote will focus on how we can align our profession through the Hawaiian lens of moʻokūʻauhau. A frame that can help us ground the work we do to preserve collections and ensure access.

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Kapena Shim (Hawaiʻi Specialist Librarian at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) Punaluʻu, Hawaiʻi

Kapena Shim is a Hawaiʻi Specialist Librarian for the Hawaiian Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also the archivist for the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. Born in Honolulu and raised in Southern California, Kapena returned back home to Hawai‘i to pursue a passion for ‘ike Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Knowledge); a journey that has instilled within him a belief that libraries and archives connect us, connect us all to the rich legacies we are born into. Through libraries and archives, Kapena has connected to the stories of his own ancestors, the legacies of service they have left, and his kuleana to continue those legacies for the betterment of the lāhui. He holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language, and a Masters in Library and Information Science.

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