Hawaii Schedule

October 3 – Laupāhoehoe Area Sites – North Hilo

October 3 – State Historic Preservation Division Archaeology Branch Open House

October 6 – Historic Kaʻawaloa Trail Hike

October 7 – Ala Kahakai Trail Identification Workshop

October 9 – Open House, ASM Affiliates

October 10 – Keaukaha Coastline – Waiākea Ahupuaʻa, Hilo

October 10 – Laupāhoehoe Area Sites – North Hilo

October 10 – Keʻaumuku Archaeological Sites, Pohakuloa

October 10 – Baker’s Beach Heiau Service Day


October 3: Laupāhoehoe Area Sites – North Hilo (9 am – 2:45 pm)

This huakaʻi (tour) of the Laupāhoehoe area will stop at sites for presentations by Dr. Peter Mills on the history and traditional stories from pre and post contact times. Meet at the ʻImiloa parking lot above UH Hilo at 9:00 am. Places visited will include the Oʻokala lithic scatter, historical sites near the forest reserve boundary, and the Laupāhoehoe Train Station. There is a $5 Train Museum entrance fee. Waiver of liability forms will need to be filled out for the plantation camp site.

Contact Peter Mills (millsp@hawaii.edu) to register; space is limited.

Bring hiking clothes, covered shoes, water, sunscreen bug spray and lunch.

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October 3: State Historic Preservation Division Archaeology Branch Open House (8 am – 3 pm)

The archaeology branch office at 40 Poʻokela Street, Hilo welcomes the public to come by and hear about how we register archaeological sites and conduct historic preservation reviews. Office tours, talk story and light pupus will be provided during the day; no appointments necessary.

Contact Theresa Donham at 933-7653 (Theresa.K.Donham@hawaii.gov) or Sean Nāleimaile at 933-7651 (Sean.P.Naleimaile@hawaii.gov) for directions.

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October 6: Historic Kaʻawaloa Trail Hike (9 am – 2 pm)

Join Kaʻawaloa descendent Lee Ann Leslie along with State Parks archaeologist Tracy Tam Sing and State Historic Preservation Division archaeologist Michael Vitousek on a hike down the Kaʻawaloa trail. On the way down to Kaʻawaloa we will stop at the Mauna Alani homesite, built in 1852 by reverend J.D. Paris, and continuously occupied by members of the family since. The Kaʻawaloa Settlement is a unique cultural landscape where archaeological and ethno-historical information blend together. Check out the efforts undertaken by State Parks to preserve and protect this resource. The hike is highly strenuous 1,400 ft. elevation change over uneven ground. It’s easy to hike down but hard to climb back up. Participants should be in good physical condition. We will meet at the Aloha Gas Station in Kaʻawaloa Mauka at 9:00 am and return at 2pm.

Contact Mike Vitousek at 652-1510 or Michael.Vitousek@hawaii.gov to make a reservation; space is limited.

Bring good hiking shoes, backpack, lots of water, lunch, snorkeling gear, towel and sunscreen.

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October 7: Ala Kahakai Trail Identification Workshop (7 am – 12 noon)

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail staff will be conducting an ancient and historic trail identification workshop. Participants will hike approximately 2 miles along the North Kohala shoreline from Makiloa to Kiʻiokalani. Trail staff will share evidence of the alaloa, mauka-makai trails, as well as the many special places along the way. The hike is on uneven terrain, with little shade.

Contact Rick Gmirkin at 808-430-5213, rick_gmirkin@nps.gov to reserve a spot, we are limiting the amount of participants to fifteen.

Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks, sturdy hiking footwear, and sun protection.

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October 9: Open House, ASM Affiliates(9 am – 3 pm)

Dr. Robert Rechtman, Vice President of ASM Affiliates, an archaeological consulting firm, is opening his offices to the public for tours and talk story October 9 and 10. The office is located at 507-A East Lanikaula Street in Hilo.

Contact Dr. Rechtman at brechtman@asmaffiliates.com or call 969-6066 for more information and directions.

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October 10: Keaukaha Coastline – Waiākea Ahupuaʻa, Hilo (9 am – noon)

Keaukaha ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula: Keaukaha is the second oldest Hawaiian homestead community established under the Hawaiian Homelands Commission Act in 1924. Located Southeast of Hilo Town, Keaukaha was famed for its lush hala groves and rich marine resources. This huakaʻi will introduce the various wahi pana or named places that are scattered along the coastline. Each wahi pana that can be found along Keaukaha’s rocky coastline and has a unique history that continues to enrich Keaukaha’s written and oral histories. Open to first 20 people who register.

Contact Halena Kapuni-Reynolds (halenakapry@gmail.com) to register. If you need transportation, contact Uʻilani Macabio (Macabio@hawaii.edu).

Bring clothes fit for trekking through rugged coastline; shoes or tabis preferred; some areas may be slippery. Pack water, sunscreen and snacks as needed.

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October 10: Laupāhoehoe Area Sites – North Hilo (9 am -2:45 pm)

This huakaʻi of the Laupāhoehoe area will stop at sites for presentations by Dr. Peter Mills on the history and traditional stories from pre and post contact times. Meet at the ʻImiloa parking lot above UH Hilo at 9:00 am. Places visited will include the Oʻokala lithic scatter, historical sites near the forest reserve boundary, and the Laupāhoehoe Train Station. There is a $5 Train Museum entrance fee. Waiver of liability forms will need to be filled out for the plantation camp site.

Contact Peter Mills (millsp@hawaii.edu) to register; space is limited.

Bring hiking clothes, covered shoes, water, sunscreen bug spray and lunch.

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October 10: Keʻaumuku Archaeological Sites, Pohakuloa(9:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Keʻaumuku Sheep Station is an archaeological site from Hawaiʻi’s ranching period and was used from the mid-19th century until the 1960s, when Parker Ranch closed it down and moved the remaining buildings to Waimea. The PTA Cultural Resources Staff have been managing the site since the US Army purchased the parcel from Parker Ranch in the early 2000s. We will tour the site with Dr. Julie Taomia and discuss the protective measures that have been put in place around it. Meet at the Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) Headquarters parking lot at 9:30 am. Participants will need to have valid government issued ID, and all vehicles should have current insurance, registration and safety check. Show ID, drive straight toward Mauna Loa to the parking lot in front of you. Depending on the need, transportation may be provided; PTA staff will provide transportation after arrival at PTA. Forms will need to be signed at PTA headquarters.

Contact Julie Taomia (Julie.m.taomia.civ@mail.mil) to register and if you need driving directions to PTA.

Bring hiking clothes, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, lunch and snacks. Recommend long pants and layers (it could be cold in the morning and warm up in the afternoon).

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October 10: Baker’s Beach Heiau Service Day (9 am – 2 pm)

Participate in the on-going vegetation cleaning of the last intact heiau located along Hilo Bay. Uncle Don Pakele, coordinator of the state-approved curator group for the heiau will provide background on the site and its history. We will be removing weeds and grass from the area and the access trail. Numbers are limited, so please make a reservation.

Contact Uncle Don Pakele at 960-4203 for directions, more information, and to make a reservation.

Bring work clothes appropriate for general yard work (gloves, hat, shoes), sunscreen, filled water bottle (additional water will be provided), and lunch.

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