Kyle Hamada, a Preservation Specialist at Hamilton Library, is responsible for the paper conservation and pest management activities. During his five years of service, Hamada has been an "unsung hero" and critical team member in the preservation and re-building of library resources after the 2004 flood and many rainy seasons. In anticipation of the heavy rainfall in Manoa, Hamada continuously checks existing and new leaks during weekends to minimize damage and establishes appropriate protocols. His creativity and problem solving skills have ranged from building drying racks used to treat and quickly dry materials to the "Hamada canopy," which diverts water and protects library resources. Hamada works collaboratively with fellow staff and is able to quickly rally staff and student assistants in times of emergency. His dedication, knowledge and initiative are instrumental in the protection of library collections.
Kyle Hamada received the UHM Chancellors Award for Outstanding Service at the 2008 Convocation. Kyle was honored for his leadership in the Preservation department, his innovative solutions to the flood recovery process, and especially the "Hamada Canopy."