Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Awards $100,000

The Institute for Museum and Library Services awarded $100,000 to INPEACE to advance our Kaulele Program, to empower people of all ages and backgrounds through experiential and cross disciplinary learning and discovery through a new Lawai’a exhibit.

INPEACE is committed to “improving the quality of life for Native Hawaiians through community partnerships that provide educational opportunities and promote self-sufficiency.” With this $100,000 IMLS award, our Kaulele program will be able to compensate our cultural consultant who we will be collaborating with as well as acquire a design company to help bring life to the thematic analysis and curricular framework for a new Lawai‘a STEM exhibit. Project activities include consulting with cultural experts and researchers to gather information to create a repository of materials about Native Hawaiian fishing practices; create a design reference guide; develop conceptual plans with community and design experts; and refine and complete exhibit layouts, specifications, and materials. The project will increase public knowledge of the traditional contemporary science of Native Hawaiian fishing practices while supporting Indigenous communities in cultivating strategies to develop culturally relevant and informed STEM experiences.

“The ability to compensate our cultural consultant adds to the appreciation and value which the communities that benefit from the cultural consultant’s knowledge revere the consultant with. We greatly appreciate and are very thankful for the The Institute for Museum and Library Services for this award.” Program Manager, Kaulana Eli