Hawai‘i State Historical Records Advisory Board (HI SHRAB)


The Hawai`i State Historical Records Advisory Board (HI SHRAB)

  • reviews applications for grants to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and provides advice and assistance to prospective applicants;
  • supports communication and cooperative efforts among the state’s historical records community; and
  • provides leadership and guidance to help ensure the preservation of and access to Hawaii’s historical records.


Pursuant to the procedures of National Historical Publications Records Commission (NHPRC), the State of Hawaii established a State Historic Records Advisory Board  (SHRAB), with the state archivist serving as the coordinator of the advisory board.  Since its activation in Hawaii in 1976, the Governor of our state has appointed members to the Hawaii’s SHRAB.  Hawaii’s board has seven (7) members, appointed for three year terms, including the state coordinator.

The present board consists of the following members:

  • Dr. Richard Bordner, Chaminade University of Hawaii
  • DeSoto Brown, Bishop Museum Archives
  • Lynn Davis, Preservation Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Luella Kurkjian, Hawaii State Archives, Deputy Coordinator
  • Nathan Napoka, Historian/Hawaiian Cultural Language Expert
  • Susan Shaner, Hawaii State Archives, State Coordinator


In 1982, Hawaii ‘s SHRAB conducted an assessment of Hawaii’s public and private historical records repositories, the first such study in our state.   In 2006, the board through funding from NHPRC, conducted a survey to determine the state’s historical records needs with particular emphasis on preservation and digital initiatives, and updated an earlier directory of Hawaii historical records institutions.  The results of the survey and directory are published in A Survey of Hawaii Historical Records Institutions, 2006. (PDF 5.9 MB)

To Apply for a Grant

Contact the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant program for more information about deadlines and the projects they fund.