HONOLULU (Oct. 1, 2014) — The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology (SHA) will present its annual Archaeology Week Conference from Oct. 10 to 12 in Hilo, providing an opportunity for professionals and other interested individuals to explore and experience Hawaiian archaeology.
Participants will meet to further the SHA’s goals of directing efforts into more scientific channels and encourage the publication of results; advocating and assisting in the conservation of archaeological data; and discouraging unethical commercialism in the archaeological field and work for its elimination.
In conjunction with the conference, the society will stage and sponsor events on the islands of Hawai‘i, O‘ahu, Lâna‘i, and Kaua‘i:
On Hawai‘i Island, events include a tour of Laupâhoehoe area historical sites in north Hilo, an open house at the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) State Historical Preservation Division (SHPD) branch in Hilo, a trail hike at historic Ka‘awaloa, an identification workshop on the Ala Kahakai trail, and a tour along the Keaukaha coastline and Waiâkea Ahupua‘a.
On O‘ahu, events include a visit to the O‘ahu Nui Stone and the Kukaniloko Birth Stone, an open house at the SHPD branch on O‘ahu, and a service day at Kaniakapûpû (Kamehameha III summer palace).
A day trip to Lana‘i will feature a cultural landscapes excursion to the Lâna‘i Culture and Heritage Center, and a site visit to Huaka‘i Mâka‘ika‘i Ma Lâna‘i a Kaululâ‘au<http://hawaiianarchaeology.org/2014-archaeology-week/lanai-schedule/>.
And on Kaua‘i, scheduled events include a walking archaeology/history tour of Waimea, a visit to the sites of Kukuiʻula and a presentation, and field trip to Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond.
Archaeology Week is a national program to promote the preservation of our country’s heritage. Sponsored by the SHA, Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week in October to integrate with the organization’s annual conference.
The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology (SHA) is a tax-exempt organization established in 1980 to promote and stimulate interest and research in the archaeology of the Hawaiian Islands and encourage a more rational public appreciation of the aims and limitations of archaeological research. Each year, the SHA publishes an Archaeology Week Poster using contributions from state and federal agencies and member donations, and also makes available a comprehensive online Archaeology Week Resources Guide<http://hawaiianarchaeology.org/2014/09/11/archaeology-week-resources-guide/>. The posters are distributed to local, state and federal agencies and private entities to help promote the preservation of Hawai’i’s archaeological heritage.
For more information on SHA, read the society’s journal Hawaiian Archaeology, established in 1984. For more on Archaeology Week, visit http://hawaiianarchaeology.org.