Annual Conference2018-05-14T04:18:19+00:00

Conference Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshop: SketchUp for Exhibit Design

After trying a variety of digital and analog styles of exhibit design, the Bishop Museum exhibit team has turned to SketchUp exclusively as a design tool.  This workshop will review the advantages of using SketchUp, its strengths and weaknesses, provide an introduction to the fundamentals of using the program, and outline resources for further exploration.  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to download a trial version or the free Make version of the software and bring it on a laptop to the workshop.

Michael Wilson will present this engaging tutorial on the Bishop Museum campus in Paki Hall, room, Paki 1.

Our 50th Year

The first meeting of the Hawaii Museums Association was held on May 3rd, 1968 at Queen Emma’s Palace.  50 years later, we will be celebrating our anniversary on the very same day at the Manoa Heritage Center’s new Visitor Center. Due to limited parking at the new Manoa Heritage Visitor Center, please consider carpooling.  There will be valet parking to maximize the space.  The food will be provided by EAT Honolulu and each attendee will also get two drink tickets for libations from Spirits Hawaii.  Here’s what’s on the menu!

50th Anniversary Reception 5/3

  • King Salmon “cream puff”

  • Olive oil poached ahi on croccatini  with seven spice aioli

  • Caprese crostini with mozzarella, Kahuku grape tomato. Local basil and spreadable olive oil

  • Roasted Molokai sweet potato satay with Black Hawaiian sea salt & white truffle oil

  • Paniolo Cattle Co. Big Island beef tenderloin with pistachio, sun dried tomato and water wafer

Friday, May 4th, morning

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast – See Menu

9:00 to Noon General Session (Keoni Auditorium)   


Keynote speaker, Melanie Ide – Learn More

Session 1, Sustainability and Museums – Sarah Sutton – Learn More

Annual Membership Meeting

Noon – 1:00 Lunch – See Menu

Friday, May 4th, afternoon

1:00 to 2:30 Concurrent break-out sessions,

Session 2A, Shared Authority: Community input in exhibitions,

programs and interpretation (Keoni Auditorium)


Session 2B, Marketing and Branding (Kamehameha Room)

2:45 to 4:15 Concurrent break-out sessions

Session 3A, Collections Access (Keoni Auditorium)   


Session 3B Partnerships with for-profit institutions (Kamehameha Room)

4:30 – 5:30 re-gather (Keoni Auditorium)   

Special event 5 by 10, 5 minute presentations by 10 members about something great

Friday, May 4th evening

6:00 – 7:30 Reception at EWC Museum/Gallery – Learn More

Saturday May 5th morning Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 10:30 Concurrent break-out sessions

Session 4A, Challenges in Collections Management (Keoni Auditorium)   


Session 4B, Our Changing Visitors, What are They Looking for? (Kamehameha Room)

10:45 to Noon Concurrent break-out sessions

Session 5A, Creating Enriching and Meaningful Internships for Students (Keoni Auditorium)   


Session 5B, Grant Writing (Kamehameha Room)

Noon – 1:00 Lunch – See Menu

Saturday, May 5th, afternoon

1:00 to 5:30 Closing General Session (Keoni Auditorium)   

Session 6 – 1:00 – 2:30, Reaching New Target Audiences

Session 7 – 2:45 – 4:15, When Change Doesn’t Work

Directors Round table

Farewell and close

Saturday May 5th, evening activity, Drinking About Museums

Sunday May 6th, Post Conference events

10:00 – Noon, Private tour of Queen Emma’s Summer Palace

2:00 – 5:00 PM Public Art Bus Tour

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