Board of Directors, 2012-2013
Pictured above (left to right): Koa Luke, Shavonn Matsuda, Ikaika Allen, Annemarie Aweau, Kapena Shim.
Ikaika Allen is in his second year in the LIS program and is interested in aspects of Indigenous Librarianship. He has a B.A. in Hawaiian Language from the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, and currently works at the Kamehameha Schools in the Hawaiian Cultural Development office.
Annemarie is a 2nd year student in the LIS program with an interest in Hawaiian and Pacific resources and more specifically archives in Hawaiʻi. Her interest in archives sprang from a research project conducted with her history teacher on the history of Kalaupapa. She has a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and currently works in the archives for the National Park Service in downtown Honolulu.
Koa Luke's birth sands is Waiawa in Keawalauopuʻuloa (original name of Pearl Harbor meaning the many channels of the long hills). His background is Political Science with an emphasis on Hawaiian politics. Seeing how important archival research and repositories are to the Hawaiian community and other marginalized peoples last year he entered the LIS program to better serve the community. Koa's interests are archives, Hawaiian ‘ike (knowledge) and culture, and cataloging in a way that better reflects indigenous knowledge systems.
Shavonn is from Hāna, Maui. She earned a concurrent degree in Political Science and Hawaiian Studies from UH Mānoa and is currently in her second year of the LIS program. Having experienced the difficulties our communities go through in trying to access our historical records, she entered the LIS program hoping to develop the skills necessary to help bridge the gap between memory institutions and our communities. Shavonn's current studies focus on Hawaiian knowledge systems and digital repositories; specifically, how digital repositories and related technologies can be integrated to promote and increase access to indigenous systems of knowledge.
Kapena Shim is a third year LIS graduate student with an undergraduate background in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language. He is very interested in archives and academic libraries, and the role these information institutions have in building the capacity of Hawaiians and other indigenous peoples across the world. Kapena is honored to serve as a Board of Director for Nā Hawai'i 'Imi Loa because it has a mission that he strongly believes in and is very passionate about. Kapena knows that his skills, prior experiences, and pure commitment will be an asset to NHIL, and can help us all move forward collectively to strengthen our presence, and build our capacities in LIS.