Location: Kahului, Hawaii, United States
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, Waihe`e 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.
FIELD SCHOOL ACTIVITES: PHASE I – INITIAL SURVEY
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.
Period(s) of Occupation: Pre and Post contact Hawaii
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements