Kimo Nichols completes American Archive of Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship

LIS student Kimo Nichols completed a year-long audiovisual preservation fellowship at ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i (“‘Ulu‘ulu”) at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, in partnership with the Biographical Research Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he digitized and described 128 videotapes from the PBS Hawai‘i television series Biography Hawai‘i television series.  As part of a collaboration between WGBH Educational Foundation and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, Kimo worked with UHWO Head Archivist and Principal Investigator Janel Quirante and Digital Media Specialist Robert Omura at ‘Ulu‘ulu, and LIS faculty advisor Rich Gazan.

Kimo has presented this work to other AAPB fellows, and at the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) conference held December 7-9, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA. The collection contains numerous interviews with scholars, family and cultural experts related to the subjects portrayed in the series, which includes documentaries on Maiki Aiu Lake (2002), Harriet Bouslog (2003), Ruth Keʻelikolani (2004), Koji Ariyoshi (2005), and Joseph Nāwahī (2009). More information about this collection may be viewed at

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to coordinate a national effort to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 70 years.

Congratulations Kimo, and thanks Janel and Robert for making this opportunity possible!