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Preservation Department
Hamilton Library
University of Hawai´i
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, Hawai´i 96822
Phone:(808) 956-6623

Preservation Department

Statewide Preservation

Hawaii Emergency Network for Cultural Heritage

Heritage Preservation hosted the Heritage Emergency Partnership Forum in Portland, in June 2013. Three Hawaii representatives participated in the forum from the local library, archive, museum and preservation community together with an emergency manager from Hawaii State Civil Defense. Since then, a small core group has continued working with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (formerly Hawaii State Civil Defense) to develop and support our statewide emergency response network for cultural collections. Since 2007, WESTPAS has been active in offering disaster planning and response training in Hawaii. Collections professionals across the state have been trained and are now connected through an email list for dissemination of training opportunities, resources, advice, and requests for trained volunteers following local emergencies or disasters. See below for instructions on being added to the listserv.

Connecting to Collections

Through the “Connecting to Collections” initiative, the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) challenged each state to develop a plan to address the preservation needs of cultural heritage collections including historic sites, buildings, art, historical artifacts, scientific specimens, books, and documents. In 2009, the Hawaii Museums Association partnered with Hawaii State Archives, Association of Hawaii Archivists, Hawaii Library Association and University of Hawaii at Manoa Museum Studies Program and the Library Preservation Department. Through meetings and a survey, individuals from institutions throughout the state came together to explore the issues that endanger cultural resources and to create a plan to address preservation needs. The most commonly identified needs were:

Click here for a copy of the Hawaii Statewide Preservation Plan.

A listserv was created for the Hawaii Connecting to Collections Project (2010-2011). It continues to be a source of information for opportunities or events related to collections; it is also a direct means of communicating information to the Hawaii Emergency Network for Cultural and Heritage (HENCH) organizations into the future. The listserv has over 250 individuals representing our libraries, archives, museums and preservation institutions. Addition to the listserv is by invitation. To inquire about being added to the list, send a request with your name, institutional affiliation and preferred email address to

PDC Global Hazards Atlas

The Preservation Department worked with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (formerly Hawaii State Civil Defense) and the Pacific Disaster Center in 2014 to create a map layer for Hawaii's libraries, archives, and museums.

To activate Hawaii's Cultural Heritage Facilities map layer go to: From the layers:

Color coded icons will then appear on the map. Center map on Hawaii and zoom in; hover over icons for identifying information.

You can easily select other map layers that will indicate the location of flood zones, fire stations, tsunami zones, etc. to assist with disaster planning for your institution.

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