Topic ID #27827 - posted 3/23/2013 3:00 AM

University of Hawai`i-Maui College and New York University Archaeological Field School 2013

Jennifer Palmer

University of Hawai`i-Maui College and New York University Archaeological Field School 2013

May 20th - June 14th.

4-college credits - enrollment starts 4/1/2013. Max 8 students

Ka`ehu, Maui, Hawai`i

The area known as Ka`ehu (`ehu = spray, foam or mist) lies just below two important cultural features on the landscape -  Haleki`i and Pihana heiau on the Island of Maui  Lying on lithified sand dune to the west of the `Iao stream, these two heiau luakini  (temples to the War God Ku) have important links to famous personages.  Situated immediately above Ka`ehu, this area was the home to the important chiefs and chiefess of Maui for centuries.   Now a 10-acre park the Halekiʻi-Pihana heiau complex overlooks the fertile expanse of Nā Wai ʻEhā ('Four Waters') region irrigated by the Wailuku, Waikapu, Waiheʻe and Waiehu streams.  In pre-contact Hawai`i water equaled wealth so it is not surprising the royalty of Maui chose this fecund, verdant landscape for their home. 


Students will: conduct a comprehensive pedestrian survey to identify cultural features such as ancient lokoi`a (fishponds) and lo`i kalo (taro patches); create a detailed base map using GPS, GIS and other mapping equipment; import modern and historic maps into a GIS database; help oversee and monitor the removal of invasive species in culturally sensitive areas of the site; map in new cultural features as they are uncovered; and work with native Hawaiian lineal descendants, cultural practitioners and other experts to identify archaeological features for future restoration.

Out-of-state students: $2,470 (NOT INCLUDING AIRFARE)

Contact Janet Six, Ph.D., at for more info or go to for more info.


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