Staff

Cultural Collections Specialist / Producer, Heather Giugni - Oversees and curates the cultural collection development and in-house original programming of ‘Ulu‘ulu.

Cataloger / Assistant Archivist, Koa Luke - Holds a Master of Library and Information Science (MLISc) degree and a BA in Political Science from UH Mānoa.  As the catologer, he is responsible for all cataloging activities.

Reference / Outreach Archivist, Charise Michelsen - Acquired her Master of Library and Information Science degree and her BA in Art History from UH Mānoa. Before joining the ʻUluʻulu team, she was a processing archivist for the Daniel Inouye Congressional Papers and also assisted the Honolulu Museum of Art with curatorial work and processing of the Richard Lane Collection, as the Society of Asian Art Intern. She is responsible for connecting our collections to researchers through reference and outreach. 

Digital Media Specialist, Robert Omura - A graduate from the Academy for Creative Media (ACM) at UH Mānoa, is responsible for the digitizing activities of the archive.

Head Archivist, Janel Quirante - Oversees the daily operations of the archive. Janel earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from UH Mānoa and worked as a videotape preservation technician at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco and as the Visual Materials Archivist at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University before joining ‘Ulu‘ulu.

Processing Technician, Arielle Vaverka - Responsible for the physical order and preservation of recently acquired materials. Earned a Masters of Library Science from the University of Oklahoma, where she gained experience with a variety of archival materials at the Carl Albert Congressional Research Center. Before joining the 'Ulu'ulu team, she volunteered with the CLEAR archive collection at UH West Oahu and the Hawaii Public Library system. 

ACM System Founder and Director, Chris Lee -  Holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University and is the Principal Investigator for ‘Ulu‘ulu, having developed the program from inception. Mr. Lee is in charge of the strategic direction, funding, budgets, capital improvements and staff hires. He is thrilled and grateful for the tremendous community support that made ‘Ulu‘ulu possible, beginning with the essential vision and unending contributions of Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni’s daughter, filmmaker Heather Giugni.

The Archives’ staff are members of the following professional organizations: Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA); Society of American Archivists (SAA); Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM); and the Association of Hawai‘i Archivists (AHA). Our work is guided by the standards of collection management, preservation, cataloging, and access as set by these professional groups.