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Keala is a conservation technician for Smithsonian Libraries. Her work focusses on general collections care for 8 of the Smithsonian's 21 library branches. In addition to this, she assists in exhibition preparation as well as stabilizing materials to be digitized for the Biodiversity Heritage Library and Digital Library. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, she worked in the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System, UH Law Library, ʻUlu ʻulu Moving Image Archive, and as a Minority Awards Program intern at the Freer|Sackler Gallery Library. Keala received both her MLIS and a graduate certificate in archives and special collections from the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.
She credits her life-long interest in preservation and special collections to the influence of her family, Hawaiʻi, and the strong emphasis on the importance of maintaining cultural memory and identity that is inherent to indigenous peoples. (Also Giles from Buffy and Sigourney Weaver as a painting conservator in Ghostbusters 2). In her free time she studies hula with Hālau Nohona Hawaiʻi in Silver Spring, and watches way too much Star Trek.