HMA Annual Conference
April 25-26, 2014
Mānoa Grand Ballroom, 5th Floor Japanese Cultural Center
2454 Beretania Street
Please join us for our annual conference! The Hawai‘i Museums Association Conference serves museum professionals working in Hawai‘i whose research and practice span more than 100 museums in Hawai‘i.
Continental breakfast and luncheon buffet are included in the registration fee. Guest Parking is available in the parking structure of the Cultural Center. A flat rate will be charged to guests with validation.
Understanding & Engaging Museum Visitors
Keynote Speaker Wendy Meluch, Visitor Studies/Satisfaction Evaluator
An overview of what we know about museum visitors and how we know those things. A growing body of research and evaluation provides information about how visitors behave, and how to engage and support them. Are we succeeding in engaging visitor and achieving our goals with them? Successful visitor experiences are at the core of our missions and a basis of institutional survival.
What’s New & Changing: Digital Initiatives at Home and Abroad
Moderator: Karen Kosasa, Director, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at UH Manoa
Panel discussion with graduate students from the University of Hawai‘i present a review of new and ongoing digital projects in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. A glimpse of exciting initiatives in collections care, preservation, exhibition design, education, community outreach, and website design are changing the ways we engage with museums, visitor centers, historic homes, and related places. The Q&A session will provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions, share information about their institutions’ digital initiatives, and voice excitement, concern, and skepticism about where these projects may be taking us.
Cultural Heritage Tourism & the Visitor Industry
Kiersten Faulkner, Executive Director, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation will explore the benefits, opportunities, challenges, and barriers related to heritage tourism.
Roundtable Discussion Topics
-Visitor Satisfaction, and
Wendy Meluch – HMA Conference Keynote Speaker
Wendy Meluch began consulting in evaluation in 1997 and established Visitor Studies Services shortly after that. As Principal of VSS, she enjoys working with a wide variety of educational leisure centers including zoos, parks, gardens, science centers and museums. Experience as a museum director, professional fundraiser, and educational tour operator informs her work as a program and exhibit evaluator. Wendy has spoken internationally about visitor studies and evaluation. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and BA’s in Anthropology and Tourism Management, and a Certificate of Latin American Studies from Michigan State University. Wendy and her associates always appreciate being part of the solution, doing valuable work that is enjoyable as well.
Co-Sponsorship of the keynote speaker is provided by the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.