Archives professionals Deborah Dunn, Nicolita Garces, and Dr. Andrew Wertheimer were awarded the Lei Lau Kukui Awards by the SAA-sc in honor of their significant support of archival education, mentoring, and leadership in Hawaiʻi. Awards were presented at the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists 2016 holiday social.
Deborah Dunn works as Book Conservation Treatment Specialist in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hamilton Library Preservation Department and has taught courses in both Preservation Management as well as Conservation of Library and Archival Materials for the UHM LIS program. Nicolita “Nicki” Garces is Information Management Officer for Consuelo Foundation, earned her Library and Information Science master’s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi in December 2013, and holds interest in multicultural and indigenous librarianship and archives. Dr. Andrew Wertheimer is Associate Professor in the UHM LIS program, teaches courses with special focus on archival education, established the LIS Certificate in Archival Studies and Special Collections in 2007, and currently serves as faculty advisor for SAA-sc.
The lei lau kukui symbolizes the interwoven cooperation and sharing of information and support present in the Hawaiʻi archival community. SAA-sc is incredibly grateful for mentors, educators, and leaders who have created opportunities for learning both in and out of the classroom.
Mahalo and congratulations to the 2016 recipients!