Traditionally the museum has held an annual Saturday brunch to thank its crucial volunteers. This year volunteer coordinator Janna Plant tried something new—a soirée on April 13 with jazz and cocktails to show appreciation for the people who are the backbone of the museum. The result was record attendance (about 200 hard-working volunteers) and a broader cross-section of the diverse corps. (Pictured above are volunteers from the Punahou Key Club.)
In her opening remarks, Plant underscored the importance of art education to the museum’s mission—and the volunteers’ key role in art education, from welcoming people to Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday with gallery hunt forms to helping guests through an art activity at ARTafterDARK. In return volunteers are able to give back to the community in a meaningful way, have access to amazing art, and meet new people.
University of Hawai‘i art professor emeritus and museum trustee Duane Preble—the godfather of western art education in Hawai‘i—was honored for 45 years of volunteering at the museum’s Art School and Lending Collection.
Museum trustees also attended the event to express their gratitude to the volunteers. Mayor Kirk Caldwell accompanied his wife, museum trustee Donna Tanoue, and had a moment with Farrington High School Key Club students (they help out so much at Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday).
Again, a big thank you to our volunteers, from the youngest, most recent additions such as Monica Kenny to our longtime, dedicated docents such as Cookie Stephan. We couldn’t do all that we do without you.
Here are all the people who were recognized for their service at the event:
Duane Preble (Art School, Lending Collection)
Maeona Mendelson (docent)
Allyn Bromley (docent), Elaine “Tiny” Chang (Asian Art, Lending Collection), Lisa Shugart (Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday), Marcia Morse (European and American Art), Marcy Katz (docent), Susan Shea (docent)
Annie Landrum (Visitor Services), Jared Wickware (Art School), Judie Malmgren (docent), Kaethe Kauffman (docent), Laura Friedman (docent), Paul Carry (Shangri La)
Patti Lopez (Museum Shop)
Alice Lam (Museum Shop), Amelia de los Rios (Art School), Anne Tam (Doris Duke Theatre), Bette Jo Beebe (Museum Shop), Clayton Tom (Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday), Debbie Lee (docent), Farrington High School JROTC (Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday), Gail Ann Lee (Textiles), Howena Reinker (docent), Judy Schucart (docent), Karen Ley (docent), Lena Galbraith (docent, Spalding House Garden), Lynn Hiyakumoto (docent), Nina Horioka (ARTafterDARK), Noreen Mulliken (Art School), Pauline Chui (ARTafterDARK, Visitor Services), Robert DiMauro (docent), Ruth Pagell (Library, Doris Duke Theatre), Sherree McKellar (docent), Sue Brown (docent), Tamara Zielinski (Art School, Lending Collecction), Tonia Moreno (Art School)
to our docents Ivor Kraft, Roger Couture, Barbara Higgins, Shirlee Beasley and Margaret Mann.