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Location: Kahului, Hawaii, United States

May 20, 2011 to June 14, 2011

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 6, 2011

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



University of Hawai`i-Maui College and New York Unveristy

Project Director:

Janet Six, UH-MC; Pamela Crabtree, and Doug Camapana, NYU

Project Description

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. 
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

The site is 8 AMS above sea level. The temp averages around 84 degrees, water around 78. The site is a 5 minute drive (`5 minute walk) from the Student Housing

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Two students per room.  Kulanaa'o Student Housing is walking distance to dig site, stores, shops, ammenities and is across the street from the beach.   Meals will be prepared family style in a shared kitchen.  Eight students maximum (four per unit).  Each unit has it's own bath and kitchen. WiFi is included. On island transportation is provided via the Maui Bus

$1045 for three weeks

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Hawaii-Maui College
Number of credits offered 4


Contact Information
Janet Six
UH-Maui College, 310 Kaahumanu Ave.
808 344 0566