Archaeology Week

What Is Archaeology Week?
Archaeology Week is a national program to promote the preservation of our country’s heritage. Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week is sponsored by the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and is observed in October to integrate with SHA’s annual conference. 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. The posters are distributed to local, state, and federal agencies and private entities to help promote the preservation of Hawai’i’s archaeological heritage.

Archaeology Week Volunteers and Participants
Make Archaeology Week a Statewide celebration by having an event or activity on your island that highlights the fascinating things we learn from archaeology.

• Ask your County or certified local government to recognize the second week of October of each year as Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week as part of a statewide effort to encourage respect, appreciation and a better understanding of Hawaiʻi’s diverse cultural heritage. Present each council or board member with a poster.
• CRM firms are encouraged to have an open house or create a display from recent work that can be placed in a public area.
• Arrange a talk at a public forum in your town; give a show–and–tell at a local school.
• Create a display for a local library, school, a mall, town hall or other public forum. Is the poster you created for an SHA poster session usable?
• Organize an essay contest (for example, “Why is knowledge about the past important to us now?”) or create a bookmark contest at local schools, focused on archaeology. Possible prizes: cash; a book about archaeology; tickets to a museum (ask a museum to donate them); something the school suggests (tickets to homecoming? Prom?). Consider allowing a winner to visit a site where you are working.
• Contact a local museum and volunteer to help with a display.
• Help your local library display archaeology or Hawai’i Heritage books.
• Work with a local organization like Girl or Boy Scouts to do something like the above projects.
• Please put any on–going events (visiting speakers, open–houses) on the SHA Archaeology Week Calendar. Contact the Co-Chairs to put an event on the Archaeology Week Calendar.
• Get the event listed in the local newspaper calendar, and the public radio and TV calendars.
• Write an article for the local newspaper.

Contact the Archaeology Week Co-Chairs
If you have a question or comment or would like to put an event on the Archaeology Week Calendar [link to page], please contact Maria “Kaimi” Orr, Archaeology Week Chair, at, or Theresa K. Donham, Co-chair, at


Author: Arleen Garcia-Herbst

Ms. Garcia-Herbst currently serves the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee. She is a Secretary of the Interior-qualified Archaeologist and has been professionally involved with cultural resources management since 2006. She has extensive experience with the cultural and paleontological resources requirements of the City and County of San Diego, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and Administrative Rules, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). In addition to the numerous technical and professional reports that she has prepared over the years, Ms. Garcia-Herbst has written published articles, presented papers, and provided public lectures. She is a City of San Diego Qualified Archaeologist, County of San Diego Qualified Archaeologist, and County of Riverside Qualified Archaeologist. While Ms. Garcia-Herbst's professional focus is in California and Hawaii, she also has project experience in Arizona, Nevada, Germany, Peru, and Argentina.