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Field School Announcement
Ka`ehu Maui, Hawai`i
Sponsor: University of Hawai`i-Maui College and New York University
Contact Information
Janet Six
Box 41
310 Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului HI 96732 USA
Phone: 808 344 0566
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 Haleki?i-Pihana heiau complex overlooks the fertile expanse of N? Wai ?Eh? ('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.
Keywords: Archaeology | Ancient Hawaii | Wetland restoration
This announcement will be displayed until: 05/20/2013
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