Board Meeting, 8 January 2007

Present: Ellen Chapman, Barbara Dunn, Laura Gerwitz, Judy Kearney, Andrew Wertheimer, Helen Wong Smith; Excused: Pat Ogburn, Leilani Pyle, Kanani Reppun

Helen called the meeting to order at 5:45pm.

Minutes of the November meeting were approved as corrected.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Laura reported a discrepancy between her figures and the bank statement; she will follow up and correct it. Our balance is around $3700.

HOLIDAY SOCIAL: There was a deficit in the finances for the 2006 Holiday Social. We agreed that for the one this year, we will arrange to break
even and entice about 25 people to attend. We discussed dates and tentatively decided on Monday, Dec. 3 or Tuesday, Dec. 4 for dinner and BYOB. We briefly discussed venues and will have a fuller discussion at the next meeting - bring more ideas. Barbara will call some restaurants she knows of.

AGNES CONRAD AWARD: For the second Award, we decided to solicit nominations from AHA members and let them vote for the awardee. Ellen will send wording from the first Award to Barbara so she can include it in the message sent to the members. The deadline will be near the Holiday Social
at which the Award will be given.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE - March 30-April 1: We discussed ideas for the program. Helen will gather more information about the valley hike and arrange for vans (possibly gratis). Andrew will get information about charter flights.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Andrew reported that 14 students are taking his archives class this semester. If you are interested in being a guest speaker, look over the syllabus he distributed at the November meeting to see which date might be appropriate. The class meets on the UH Manoa
campus, on Thursdays from 1:00-3:40pm.

RESOLUTION - HAWAII MEDICAL LIBRARY: There have been about 40 responses to our resolution. Kanani and Helen are to meet with Queen's officials later this week to discuss the issue.

PROTEST LETTER RE KANANI: Helen sent the protest letter about Kanani being fired from Mission Houses to MHM Board Chair Becker. She will also send it to members. [Webmaster's Note: The letter is appended below.]

BOARD MEETING VENUE: Because our president Kanani is no longer with MHM, we offered to hold Board meetings away from MHM if she wished. She said it would be no problem to continue meeting there and in any case, her term is almost ending.

FUNDRAISING: Discussion postponed until the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45pm.

Respectfully submitted, (and revised)
Ellen Chapman, Secretary

Friday, 16 February 2007, 6:00 pm at Paesano restaurant in Manoa Marketplace.


Addendum to the 8 January 2007 Minutes:


December 18, 2006

Robert L. Becker III, President of the Board of Trustees

Mission Houses Museum

553 South King Street

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Dear Mr. Becker:

It is with great dismay we learned Marilyn Kanani Reppun had been terminated from employment with the Mission Houses Museum.  Equally distressing was your and the Board’s decision to take such an drastic action and the manner in which this action was executed. 

Mrs. Reppun is considered an exemplary professional to both librarians and archivists.  Countless researchers both within the State of Hawaiÿi and other lands have relied on Mrs. Reppun for her reference and research support and skills.  Her years of untiring service to both the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society and the Mission Houses Museum provided the continuity to these two institutions, her peers, and the public. 

The fact Mrs. Reppun assumed the role of Interim Director of the Mission Houses Museum exhibited her dedication to the institution and although we are not privy to the knowledge of the Board, those of us in the profession viewed her actions as proficient and proactive in this capacity as she had exhibited during her fourteen years as your Head Librarian. 

We cannot imagine an offense so great as to warrant neither her dismissal nor the extremely uncouth manner in which it was performed.  Many have considered your Board to have shown poor judgment with the selection of your previous [Executive] Directors.  The decision to remove Mrs. Reppun in this manner is both an insult to a dedicated employee, and consummate professional and exhibits to the profession and the community your priorities and sensibilities.

It was ironic I received your plea for donations to the Annual Appeal the day I learned of Mrs. Reppun’s termination.  As an individual member your actions to do not warrant my support for your institution and rest assured many in the community will hold the same opinion. 

On behalf of the members of the Board of the Association of Hawaii Archivists listed below, we encourage your Board to reinstate Mrs. Reppun to her position as Head Librarian.

Mahalo piha,

Helen Wong Smith, MLIS, CA


Ellen Chapman, MLIS, CA,


Laura Gerwitz, MLIS


Dr. Andrew Wertheimer

Board Member


Unofficial postscript from the Webmaster:

I posted an open letter on my blog regarding Kanani's firing. This was reported by the Honolulu Advertiser on 16 January 2007. Mr. Becker then sent us a response, which he asked be posted promptly on my blog. I have done so.