2015 Conference

Kulāiwi: Repositioning our Identity in the Present

By Victoria Wichman


Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Annual Conference
October 9-11, 2015
Smith’s Family Tropical Paradise
Wailuanui’ahoano, Kaua’i


Please join us for this year’s Society for Hawaiian Archeology annual conference to be held October 9-11.  Our theme is described by Dr. Keao NeSmith as:

“Kulāiwi: Repositioning our Identity in the Present.” ‘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 knowledge of not only our past, but ourselves today.”  This incorporates the knowledge gained from archaeology to help define each island’s individuality and cultural uniqueness.

Friday, October 9, will be a day of various field trips around the island (to be announced), with a “Meet and Greet” Opening Reception to be held that evening at our newly renovated Kauai Museum.  The Kauai Museum will be privately open for SHA members from 5-6pm at the beginning of our reception.  An annual Cultural Stewardship award will also be presented to an outstanding nominated Kauai stewardship group.  A call for Kauai nominations will be forthcoming on our SHA Listserve.

The keynote speaker will also be speaking on Friday night. This year’s keynote speaker is Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho. Mayor Carvalho will be discussing the importance of preserving our cultural sites through empowering communities.

Our main program will be Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, as well as our Saturday evening lu’au, and will be held at Smith’s Family Tropical Paradise along the beautiful Wailua River.  A call for abstracts is currently ongoing until August 31.  We will also have a Poster Competition (all members encouraged; with First, Second and Third places), as well as a single prize for a Student Paper Competition.

The link to submit abstracts can be found on the SHA website: http://hawaiianarchaeology.org/2015-conference/submit-abstract/. As a reminder, those submitting abstracts should be current 2015 SHA members, and those that are not current will have their abstracts returned. This can be resubmitted when membership dues are current for 2015, and before August 15.

Volunteers are welcome as well to help with registration and other conference duties. Volunteers are compensated with either partial or full registration payment depending on the amount of volunteer time given. This is also an excellent way for students or new members to get to know other SHA members. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer.

Further information and updates will be sent via our SHA ListServe, as well as our website. If you have questions, please email Victoria Wichman or Mary Jane Naone at: sha2015conference@hawaiianarchaeology.org

Looking forward to seeing you all on Kauai!