Founded in 1968, the Hawaiʻi Museums Association (HMA) has been serving the informal learning center professionals in Hawaiʻi for fifty one years.  Our roots trace back to a meeting held at Queen Emmaʻs Summer Palace in which a small group of professionals came together with the idea to create an association to be a forum for the exchange of information and ideas as well as to promote both institutional and professional standards. This same grass-roots idea of people coming together to support one another in the field still exists today as HMA has no staff or officers and depends on a volunteer board for governance and its members for support.

Hawaiʻi Museums Association (HMA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to communication and cooperation among the staffs and supports of museums and related institutions in Hawaiʻi. HMA strives to be a catalyst for the exchange of information and ideas by promoting and developing an ongoing program of training, networking and publications. HMA stimulates interest in and promotes information about museums as important educational and cultural centers.