Each Monday, we like to introduce our staff and some of the projects we are working on in the hale. We've recently welcomed Maka Seleiseā, who has already begun organizing our library and laying the foundation for establishing our online Hawaiian health archive. Here's a little more in her own words.
Aloha nui kākou!
My name is Saige Leikuluwaimaka Meleiseā. I currently live in Kalaeloa, Honouliuli. As a child, my family and I moved frequently around Lā’iemālo’o, Nānākuli, and Wai’anae. I graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama in 2017. I just started my third year at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, majoring in both Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies. I plan to graduate next semester and continue to graduate school for Masters’ degrees in Hawaiian Studies and Library and Information Science.
I am so excited to be Papa Ola Lōkahi’s new Archive Assistant. My love for research has grown throughout the past two years, as I have interned under ‘Iolani Palace’s Curatorial Department and helped digitize Bishop Museum’s Helen Roberts collection. During the summer, I also work for Kamehameha Schools Explorations program. This past April, I attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and have since been involved with the United Nations Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, serving as their Pacific Region Liaison. I have always looked for opportunities to serve ka lāhui Hawai’i in any way I can. During my free time, I enjoy reading and digitizing books from my growing library. I also love to work on my family history and genealogy, as I am still lucky enough to return home to my Hawai’i piha Tutu every day.