Name: Keikilani Meyer
Where are you from?
I was born in Honolulu, raised in Kailua and currently reside in Pauoa on the island of Oʻahu.
Why did you decide to work in the Library and Information Science profession?
During my time as the Interim Director for ALU LIKE's Native Hawaiian Library, I saw firsthand the positive impact libraries can make on a person (from keiki to kupuna), family, and community by providing library services that will increase their access to Hawaiian resources, teach them how to retrieve information, and strengthen their literacy skills.
What excites you about Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa?
I'm excited about NHIL because it represents the fact that we've reached critical mass within our profession. As a result, NHIL can provide a leading role in the organization, dissemination, and preservation of Hawaiian knowledge. NHIL is important to me because I grew up during a time when Hawaiian knowledge was not accessible, which resulted in my having no prior knowledge of my history, culture, and language until the age of 41. NHIL will make sure this doesn't happen to someone else.