US – Hawaii: Moloka’i

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Location: Moloka'i , HI, US

Season: July 15, 2018 to August 18, 2018

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College, University of Queensland, Australia

Project Director:
Dr. Marshall Weisler

Project Description:

The prehistoric settlement of the far-flung islands of the Pacific Ocean have intrigued explorers and scholars alike for centuries. How did founding groups settle and transform the most isolated land masses on Earth? What social, economic, and technological innovations were developed that led to some of the most complex societies in the world? The Hawaiian Islands typifies the height of Oceanic social complexity. This field school will investigate a well-preserved, late prehistoric community on Moloka‘i Island. Excavations will be conducted in residential complexes and religious structures (symbols of chiefly power and status) to understand the development of ancient Hawaiian society.


Period(s) of Occupation: Prehistory

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants are required to stay for the full duration of the field school.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience is required to participate in this field school.

Room and Board Arrangements:
The accommodation is a modern 3 bedroom, two bathroom house with an outside shower situated on a fenced 2 acre property overlooking the south shore of Moloka‘i and across the channel south to Lana‘i. It is a spectacular view. The accommodation is a modern home in a subdivision with little chance of contacting food borne illnesses. In the morning, breakfast foods will be made available for students to self-select. Staff and students will take turns preparing lunches for the group which will consist primarily of sandwiches and fruit. The evening meal will be prepared by staff (students are encouraged to help). Most dietary needs will be accommodated such as vegetarian, vegan, wheat free, etc. Cost: Room and board are included in the cost of the field school.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credits credits offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $4,652.

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103

Los Angeles




Phone: 424-209-1173

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