2018 Annual Conference

Hoʻopaepae Kaiāulu:

Hawaiian Archaeology in the Broader Context

2018 Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Conference

October 5-7, 2018

Hilo, Hawaiʻi

Welina mai me ke aloha,

The 2018 SHA Planning Committee invites you to join in our annual gathering, taking place at Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language’s Hale‘ōlelo, located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. Hale‘ōlelo will serve as our home base for both Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018. The activity of Pelehonuamea has caused a stupefaction on account of wonder. What an exciting time to be here!

We encourage you to arrive Friday morning so you are able to participate in one of several huaka‘i to various sites on the east side of the island. See below for huaka‘i details. A Friday evening reception (venue and time TBA) with ‘ono pūpū will be held in Hilo, encouraging members and guests to catch up and renew acquaintances.

As for the conference itself, we will gather at Hale‘ōlelo on Saturday and Sunday morning where breakfast and lunch will be served. This year’s theme will focus on Hawaiian archaeology in the broader context, particularly as it relates to rebuilding communities. As for the conference format, we’ll be shaking things up a bit as we see each conference attendee as something more than a passive listener. You will have more opportunities to learn and engage with long-time professionals, budding students, and community practitioners, all of whom share a deep reverence for the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian archaeology and Hawaiian culture. We will be offering the following options at the conference:

Presentation of Papers: If a Powerpoint presentation gets you excited then consider doing a standard 15-minute presentation on a relevant topic.

Engagement Sessions: If the one-on-one engagement with a small crowd makes you smile, then consider joining one of our engagement sessions. You are welcome to set up a small table with a poster and other tangible items for people to engage with.

Panel Discussions: We welcome panels on a variety of topics. Please contact Ben Barna at bbarna@asmaffiliates.com if you have ideas for a panel. You may also be contacted by Ben to join one of our potential panel discussions.

Practitioners Workshop: We have invited cultural practitioners from east Hawai‘i to share their craft, skills, and knowledge with us. As archaeologists, we often see fragments of these tangible remains. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to learn from the craftsman, ask them questions, and see how these traditional practices are being perpetuated?

Call for Submissions

A call for submissions is open until September 21st. Abstracts are required from each presenter or for each panel and should be no longer than 200 words. Please submit abstracts through our conference Abstract Submission Form. Individuals submitting abstracts must be current 2018 SHA members in good standing. You will receive a confirmation email from the selection committee if your abstract is selected.

Volunteers Welcome

We welcome volunteers to assist with registration and other conference logistics. You will be compensated with either partial or full registration fee waiver depending on the amount of volunteer time given. Please contact Dr. Kathy Kawelu at kkawelu@hawaii.edu

Huaka‘i Information

Wahi Pana of Hīlea, Ka‘ū

Led by Matthew Clark


Experience the Wahi Pana of Hīlea, Ka‘ū. Explore the sites of Hīlea Ahupua‘a from the old village on the shore of Kāwā Bay to the native forests of the Kaiholena Nature Preserve, walk the ancient trails, and learn from community members who are working to steward these storied places.

Max participants: 25

Time: 9am to 3pm

Lunch: Please bring your own lunch

Cost: none

Additional Information: Meet at Shipman Park in Kea‘au at 9am (about 15 minutes from the Hilo Airport). We will carpool from there to the site. Be prepared for hiking in the hot sun. Bring comfortable (hiking) shoes, hat, water, sunscreen, and camera.

To register, contact Matthew Clark directly at mclark@asmaffiliates.com


Keanakolu Road, Humu‘ula

Led by Benjamin Barna, Ph.D.


Come explore East Hawai‘i’s ranching heritage with a guided tour of Keanakolu Road. We will visit the sites of several nineteenth and twentieth-century paniolo and bullock-hunter sites including the Humu‘ula Sheep Station, Keanakolu, and the infamous Kaluakauka, where the Botanist David Douglass met his untimely (and mysterious) death.

Max participants: 14

Time: 9am to 4pm

Lunch: Please bring your own lunch

Cost: A $5 to $10 donation to cover fuel cost would be much appreciated

Additional Information: Meet at ASM’s Hilo Office (507-A East Lanikaula St.) at 9am. We will load into the 15-passenger van and depart from the ASM’s office. Dress for chilly, potentially misty and damp weather.  Bring lunch and/or snacks. We will provide water.

To register, contact Ben Barna directly at bbarna@asmaffiliates.com


Hā‘ena, Kea‘au

Led by Tom English


We visit Hāʻena, according to East Hawaiʻi traditions, where the first hula was danced by Hiʻiaka and Hōpoe.  Site of Shipman Estate beach home, and the large pond, Keaʻauloa.

Max participants: 20

Time: 10:30am to 3pm

Lunch: Please bring your own lunch

Cost: Donations welcomed

Additional Information: Meet at Basically Books  (1672 Kamehameha Ave.) at 10:15am . We will load into vans. Bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, and a camera.

To register, contact Bobby Camara directly at kuabay@hawaiiantel.net


Mauna Kea, Ka‘ohe

Led by Hawai’i Forest and Trail

Four-wheel drive van will explore regions on Mauna Kea, particularly sites related to archaeology and Hawaiian culture.

Max participants: 10

Time: 8:30am to 3pm

Lunch: Please bring your own lunch

Cost: Donations welcomed

Additional Information: Meet at Basically Books (1672 Kamehameha Ave.) at 8am. We will load into vans. Bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, and a camera.

To register, contact Bobby Camara directly at kuabay@hawaiiantel.net

Are you ready to Register?

To join us at this year’s conference, click on the SHA 2018 Conference Registration Form.

Additional information, details, and updates will be sent via our SHA-listserve and posted on the SHA website.