Author Archives: Society For Hawaiian Archaeology

Abstract Deadline Extended!

We are excited about the abstracts that have been submitted for this year’s SHA conference, and the level of interest that is being demonstrated by the community. Due to requests for additional time to submit abstracts, we are extending the deadline for abstracts until the end of the month, August 31. This year’s theme:
Kulāiwi: Repositioning our Identity in the Present

The 2015 Society of Hawaiian Archaeology annual conference examines the role of identity within the work of archaeology. Like the island of Kaua’i, identity is shaped by numerous forces. Kaua’i’s traditions are revealed in the everyday activities of its people and their knowledge of the contours of the land – its climates and micro-climates, the movement of the ocean – and are reflected in the characteristics of its people: rugged, yet flexible; possessive, yet sharing; knowledgeable, yet curious about many aspects of what went on before their generation. 

The work of archaeology is an essential part of satisfying Kaua’i people’s desires to know about themselves and their surroundings more intimately as they examine their own family histories and those attributes that make Kaua’i culture unique. Kulāiwi’ centers the thinking of people everywhere on their ‘piko’, the focal point of what connects them to their identity. There is a direct correlation between this knowledge and how one formulates and reformulates their definition of themselves. The work of archaeology, therefore, is access to not only our past, but ourselves today.   -Dr. Keao NeSmith
The link to submit abstracts can be found on the SHA website:
Please email us with any questions at
Registration and field trip itinerary information will be forthcoming.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Kaua’i!
SHA Conference Committee

2015 Archaeology Week Poster Contest!

Announcing the poster conference for the 2015 Archaeology Week. Submissions are due August 31st, 2015. Full details can be found here.

Draft SOPs for Archaeology

The State Historic Preservation Division is in the process of revising their Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for both Review & Compliance and Survey & Inventory for Archaeology.  Below, please find links to the SOPs and associated Appendices.  Comments may be submitted to the Archaeology Branch Chief, Theresa Donham, at, through December 15, 2014.


Draft Review and Compliance SOP

Draft Survey and Inventory SOP

Draft Survey and Inventory SOP Appendices:

Appendix A – Field Forms

Appendix B – Contexts

Appendix C – Site Database Instructions

Appendix D – Geodatabase Instructions

Appendix E – AIS Guidelines

Appendix F – Report Submittal Form

Appendix G – Report Database Instructions


Vote on Archaeology Week Poster!

Vote for your favorite Archaeology Week poster design by sending an email to Maria Orr ( Please do not auto-respond to the SHA list.

We have limited time, so all votes must be in by 3 pm Thursday, Sept 18. Note, final editing and addition of sponsor logos will occur after selection.

If you or your firm would like to help sponsor the winning poster, let Maria know and we will be in touch.


Option 1



Option 2


Conference Registration Now Available!

Registration for the 2014 conference is now available here!

Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is Aug. 31

The SHA Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is on August 31.  Archaeology Week has been defunct for many years and the SHA is asking for your kokua.  Would you please consider submitting a poster idea?

Imagine an inspiring scene for our SHA Archaeology Week poster and win a SHA individual membership for one year!  Posters must follow the theme for the 2014 SHA annual conference, which is “Hilo ‘ia ke aho o ka ‘ike: Na kākou ke kuleana e noi‘i noelo aku i ka ‘ike kupuna (Braided are the cords of knowledge: It is our responsibility to search for ancestral wisdom).”  Poster designs must be 18 x 24 inches in size and can have either a portrait or landscape orientation.

Selection of the winning poster design will be based on an initial sketch and concept description, which are dueAugust 31, 2014. Please submit entries either electronically or in hard copy (call for the address) to Maria “Kaimi” Orr, Archaeology Week Chair, at (808) 375-3317, or Theresa K. Donham, Co-chair, at Please be sure to provide contact information so we can confirm receipt of your materials.

Mahalo nui loa for your consideration,


SHA Public Relations Chair

Call for Papers for 2014 SHA Conference

Call for Papers now open!  Visit the following link for more information:

GS-0193-09 Archeologist Position at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

This position is located in the Resource Management Division at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the Island of Hawaii. The incumbent will carry out a range of duties in support of cultural resource management in one or more park units in West Hawaii where cultural and archeological resources are predominant. The incumbent will coordinate and implement cultural resource projects based on knowledge of Hawaiian history, pre-contact history, and knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of archeology and cultural resource management in the Hawaiian Islands. Please use the following link for more information and applying for the position.

SHA Workshop on Identification of Faunal and Human Remains

The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology will be holding the second in its series of workshops meant to update member’s knowledge of current practices and thinking on topics important to conducting archaeology in Hawai‘i and elsewhere.

Title: Identification of Faunal and Human Remains

Presenters: Tim Rieth and Adam Lauer, International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII)

Date and Time: April 4, 2014 (Friday), 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Location: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Dean Hall, Room 210 (Archeology Lab)

Parking: Suggestion: Find street parking if possible. It is cheaper than on campus parking cost at $6.00

Registration: Send Email to: Room Limited to 20 People due to lab workstations
First 20 members registering will receive confirmation emails; others will be notified that the workshop is full and put on waiting list if requested.

Note: Food and Beer: There will be a food and beer gathering after the presentation to encourage further discussion among participating members (supplies are not infinite). Location will be announced later.

Check SHA Website: When possible, information presented or distributed during presentations will be made available on the SHA website.

Please let us know if there are other topics you would like to see addressed in future workshops or if you would like to be a presenter or coordinator on a particular topic (i.e., multiple discussants on a single topic).

Minutes – February 26, 2014

Meeting: Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Location: Paki 3, Bishop Museum


Chair: Mara Mulrooney, President

Recording Secretary: Summer Moore

Officers in Attendance: Mara Mulrooney, President Peter Mills, Vice President

Summer Moore, Secretary (via Skype)

Victoria Wichman, Treasurer

Standing Committee Chairs in Attendance:

Sara Collins, Legislative

Holly McEldowney, Ethics

Nick Belluzzo, Webmaster (via Skype) Arleen Garcia-Herbst, PR (via Skype)


Beau DiNapoli, Student

Kelley Uyeoka, Education



President’s Remarks:

•     Meeting called to order at 5:08 pm by Chair, Mara Mulrooney


Secretary’s Report: Summer Moore

•    Minutes from January 22, 2013, meeting circulated for approval; MOTION to accept by Mara, seconded and approved.

•    We have had several submissions for the March newsletter, which is expected to go out around March 15.


Treasurer’s Report: Victoria Wichman

•    We have just over $23,000 in our bank account. Last month’s income and expenses were minimal. Since the last meeting we have had three new memberships and 12 renewals. She has sent an updated list of members to Sara and Nick. American Savings is waving all fees and providing free online banking because we now have a higher balance.

•     MOTION by Sara to accept, seconded and approved.


Standing Committee Reports

•    Education: Kelley Uyeoka

o  Nothing to report.



•     Ethics: Holly McEldowney

o  She sent a letter to DLNR suggesting that SHA be considered a consulting party concerning the ongoing Administrative Rules revisions and is still awaiting a response.


•     Legislative: Sara Collins

o We’re halfway through the legislative session. The worst bills with regard to historic preservation, having to do with streamlined applications and approvals, have stalled, although it is still possible that they will start moving again.

o There is one bill each in both the House and the Senate for converting exempt staff to civil service. These bills are both moving.

o There is a house bill pertaining to state-owned historic property that is crossing over. They adopted our amendment that this has to be done with SHPD’s approval.

o There are two bills, the ones that are redefining the age of residential property, that are worrisome. The gist of both of them is to say that no residential permits can go to SHPD for review unless the property is on the register or is actively being proposed for listing on the register. They are being pushed by the building industry association and the chamber of commerce. SHA will suggest that instead of these bills that we have a task force and that SHA can be on it. Both the house and senate versions of these bills are moving. SHA will have to monitor their progress.

o There is a bill in the senate adding to the civil penalties section for people to recover from the state if they are successful plaintiffs.

o The fees bill has been deferred.


•    Publications: Windy McElroy

o She has gotten one inquiry for a submission but no other submissions so it is unlikely SHA will have a journal issue going out this year. We will wait until next year instead. She is working with Jane Allen and Susan Lebo on the Historic Artifacts primer.


•    Student: Beau DiNapoli

o  Nothing to report.


•    Webmaster: Nick Belluzzo

o He is working on updating membership expiration dates, after which he will send an email to SHA members to let them know that membership renewal is now available and emphasize that it is very important to be a member for access to certain perks. After 30 days’ notice Sara and he will go through and remove non-current members. Next year he will send out an email on December 1 and then set memberships to expire on December 31.

 •    PR: Arleen Garcia-Herbst

o  Nothing to report.



Old Business:

•     Barrera Collection: Peter says that the human bone fragments found in the collection are clearly human crania fragments. The Southwestern pottery sherds are of a type that can be reliably associated with an identifiable and relatively small area. Jim Bayman will transport the remains on an upcoming trip to Arizona. The other bag contained largely animal bone, but one bag has a human phalanx, a vertebral fragment, and a long bone fragment. It’s all in one bag, and it came out of a 1995 data recovery project in Kona done by Bill Barrera. The bag has accession numbers from Barrerra’s catalog system that do not match what is shown in the corresponding data recovery report. One of his students is in the process of going through reports and trying to find the data recovery report that corresponds to these fragments. If the project associated with these fragments was part of Section 106 consultation, NAGPRA will clearly apply. If not, we may be able manage repatriation through consultation with the Burial Council.


•     SHA Workshops: Nick may do on March 5 a workshop regarding the state GIS standards and how people can use them and combine them with their own data sets. He recently got an email from Matt Duff at IARII, who wants to combine this presentation with a session on basic GIS. Matt, however, is currently in Colorado and won’t be back until early April. It may be a good idea to wait for him to return to do a combined workshop. There is already a workshop scheduled for April 2.



•     Science Alive event: Victoria will be leading Bishop Museum Anthropology Department’s booth, and SHA has a booth next to it. Mara will order a SHA banner for the booth. We should put advertise the event on the UH listserve. Adam Lauer may have posters for the booth.


New Business:

•     Hawaiian Archaeology Month: Discussion regarding the possibility of bringing back Hawaiian Archaeology Month, which used to be in May. Sara says we used to have a lecture on each island, and the SHA brochure was originally to distribute at those events. A week of activities led up to the conference, which used to be in the spring. Arleen indicates that she is interested in updating the brochure and working on press releases.



•    Next board meeting: April 2, 4:30 pm, Paki 3, Bishop Museum.

•    MOTION by Peter to adjourn at 6:02 pm; seconded and approved.