Hula Preservation Society Archive, Hula Preservation Society ▶️

46-022 Alaloa St., Kaneohe, HI 96744

Internship Description

Students will have the opportunity to learn about and apply real-world experience in various LIS-related subjects to help develop their professional skill sets. Including assisting/participating in:

  • Implementation of recommendations from a formal Archive Preservation Assessment
    • Create & install storage areas and maximize the Archive storage capacity
    • Unify select material formats, labeling & tracking
  • Environmental maintenance & enhancement of the Archives’ climate-controlled space
  • Training sessions with a Conservator to create specialty housing for objects in the HPS Archive & documenting those procedures
  • Inventorying cultural heritage materials
  • Support work for digital projects such as digitization, cataloging, and online sharing.

Library/Collection Description

HPS was established in 2000 under the guidance and inspiration of Auntie Nona Beamer. Our Native Hawaiian non-profit is dedicated preserving and sharing the voices of community elders who have devoted their lives to the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through Hula. Our core work in video oral histories led to the establishment of the HPS Archive in 2013, which houses tangible items gifted from the personal collections of elders.

The organization continues to do oral history work, with a current focus on digital sharing of materials and educational outreach. HPS’s collections include a wide variety of formats such as moving and still images, paper and manuscripts, implements, costumes, books, and more. Topics are of a wide range reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Hawaiʻi as experienced by kūpuna through the shared lens of Hula.

Required Qualifications

None. Students will receive on-site training with supplemental training from online webinars and learning sources.

Desired Qualifications

The nature of HPS’s work is centered in the digital realm. Students interested in interning must have experience in digital technology use, basic knowledge in common software (such as Microsoft Excel and Word), and have some education/background in Hawaiian culture.

Weekly Schedule

Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday (9:00am-4:00pm)
Friday (9:00am-1:00pm)

*Students’ weekly schedules will be determined at time of internship

Goals and Outcomes

Students will:

  • Gain exposure to Native Hawaiian collections and knowledge and basic field experience in a variety of archival preservation areas
  • Be exposed to creative systems and approaches for sharing materials from an indigenous repository
  • Be introduced to the tribal archives, libraries, and museums communities
  • Complete their internship hours to qualify for course credit
  • Feel inspired and empowered to continue their learning and progression in the LAM (Library, Archive, and Museum) fields with a fundamental understanding of how native/indigenous materials are cared for and shared

Evaluation Methods

Student interns will be given a survey in the beginning and end of the internship with questions pertaining to their work and self-evaluation. Weekly check-ins with the Supervising Librarian and staff will gauge students’ progress and address concerns.

Evaluation Schedule

A survey will be given in the beginning and end of the internship. Weekly check-ins will also be conducted.

Contact Information

Jeanne Drewes
(808) 247-9440
Last Updated: 2021October26