Museum Camp Kaua’i

Hawaii Museums Association Conference

HMA 2016 was a resounding success!  We unplugged, we relaxed, and we mused!  Held at the Historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Kōke`e State Park, we would like to thank Hui o Laka (which also oversees Kaua`i’s oldest museum, founded in 1952 – Kōke`e Museum).

Keynote Speaker

Keao NeSmith, teaching staff of Koke`e Hawaiian Music Songwriters Camp. Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

On Friday, April 22, HMA kicked off it’s annual at the Koke‘e CCC Camp with
a speaker that is a native to Kaua‘i. As the keynote speaker, Richard Keao NeSmith, PhD, was ideally suited to provide HMA Conference attendees a sense of place while visiting to Kaua‘i and Koke‘e.

4/21 – Thursday Tour of Gulick-Rockwell House in Waimea Town

4/22 – Friday lunch, sessions, and dinner

4/23 – Saturday sessions all day, dinner

4/24 – Sunday Tour of Botanical Gardens and catered lunch (optional, added cost)

  • Integrating local resources
  • Service projects and volunteers
  • Interpreting state parks and cultural training
  • House museums
  • Bugs, critters, and other agents of destruction
  • Reinterpreting local history
  • Storied living collections
  • Storytelling

Free shared lodging in the CCC bunkhouses (34 beds): email

Other lodging in Koke‘e State Cabins and in nearby Waimea:

Caution: when researching accommodations on Kaua‘i – make sure they are in Waimea or Kekaha. Anything on the south shore of the island (which comes up on the search) is an additional half hour drive.

Gulick-Rowell House Field Trip

Thursday 21, 2:30pm

Tour of Gulick-Rowell House in Waimea Town – on Huakai Rd next to entrance to Waimea Canyon School and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. Cleanup towards restoration work has recently begun on the historic 1829/1848 missionary house. Built of limestone and native materials, the house is unique in that it was only remodeled once, in 1927, prior to a family that then lived there for 75 years.

About 1 hour. Limited to 15 people. $25 for HMA members only. Site has no restrooms. Please wear shoes, it is a construction site.

National Tropical Botanical Garden Field Trip

Sunday, April 24, 12:30pm

This LEED research center is in a Hurricane-proof building opened in 2008 to bring the herbarium, library collections, research laboratories and offices under one roof.  The McBryde Garden includes the Lawai Valley Conservation and Horticulture Center with a climate-controlled greenhouse micropropagation room and cold greenhouse as well as shade house and sunny nursery. There are several historical structures in this area.  The Allerton Garden includes the original Allerton residence and guesthouse, and various gardening sheds designed to complement the plantation-era look.
About 3-1/2 hours beginning at 12:15 pm.  $60 includes lunch on the lanai of the research center. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and bring bottled water.