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
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