ALOHA and WELCOME
ASIA PACIFIC CHILDREN’S MUSEUM CONFERENCE 2016
I believe in serendipity and the meeting of the minds and hearts. This is my little story of how Loretta Yajima and I met years ago. We first met at the ACM Conference in Pittsburgh in 2013 and then again in Gyeonggi, Korea in 2014 at the 3rd Asian Children’s Museum Conference (ACMC) when we both spoke on the theme “Children and Cultural Diversity.”
As the organizer of the ACMC, our group was looking for a suitable host for the next ACMC. It was fate that brought Loretta and her continuing work with children’s museums and peace programs and I together. Thus, a new birthing of ACMC to expand to the Pacific. We have brought together EAST and WEST to make this the ASIA PACIFIC Children’s Museum Conference! And how appropriate its theme is in today’s world.
We thank the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, through Loretta, for spearheading this milestone conference, especially at a time when we need to build peace in the hearts and minds of children.
We hope you will all plan to attend!
President & Co-Founder
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are so happy to be hosting the Asia Pacific Children’s Museum Conference in 2016! We send our warmest aloha to you from Hawaii and extend the invitation to all of you to attend the next APCMC here in Honolulu.
We already have commitments from some incredible speakers who are anxious to share our stories of aloha with you our friends in the children’s museum community throughout Asia and the Pacific and hope that you will be able to join us in October 2016.
The theme of the conference, “Peace with the Heart of Aloha,” was inspired by what is happening throughout the world today and, in response, what we as children’s museum professionals can do to prepare our next generation of world leaders for what is still a promising yet uncertain future.
If we are to help today’s young people be ready to live in an increasingly diverse, more complex and interdependent global society we must help them develop an understanding of themselves and others in a world without or beyond borders. This conference will be a sharing of stories, ideas, and programs that are designed to help prepare our children to become world leaders in a global society.
We feel strongly that the spirit of “Aloha” lives throughout the world, and we are excited to hear about your efforts to prepare our children for a future in a world that has become increasingly more multicultural and interconnected.
E komo mai – – Welcome!
Chair of the Board
Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center