I Kahiki ka ua, ako ʻē ka hale : A Changing Climate for Hawaiian Archaeology
2019 Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Conference
October 25 to 27
Welina mai me ke aloha,
The Conference Planning Committee and the Board of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology invites you to join in our annual gathering, taking place at Kona Imin Center, from Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27, 2019. The Kona Imin Center is located on Hawaiʻi Island, at 76-5877 Old Government Rd, Holualoa, HI 96725.
The SHA conference will be the capstone event for Archaeology Week in Hawaiʻi, October 21 to 27. We encourage you to arrive early in the week so that you are able to orient yourself to the natural and cultural landscape in Kona. You also won’t want to miss your chance to participate in a SHA-sponsored huakaʻi on Friday. See below for details about the huakaʻi.
When Epeli Hauʻofa, the late Tongan scholar, visited Hawaiʻi Island in 1993, the setting inspired him to make what would become one of his most influential observations: “Under the aegis of Pele, and before my very eyes, the Big Island was growing, rising from the depths of a mighty sea. The world of Oceania is not small; it is huge and growing bigger every day.” While Big Island continues to grow, models suggest it is simultaneously slipping beneath the waterline, as sea levels rise. As we gather to consider our conference theme, “I Kahiki ka ua, ako ʻē ka hale: A Changing Climate for Hawaiian Archaeology,” we hope that heʻāina Kona will similarly awaken new perspectives and commitments from archaeologists and allies.
Our conference theme ōlelo noʻeau can be translated into English as “while the rain is still far away, thatch the house.” The meaning may be succinctly stated as “be prepared.” But, are Hawaiian archaeologists prepared for a rapidly changing climate? Global environmental changes are predicted to include rising sea levels, which will submerge or erode archaeological sites in Hawaiʻi and countless other Polynesian Islands. Ongoing changes in the social, economic, and political climate will present additional challenges to Hawaiian archaeology as status quo. Yet, environmental and social changes will also create opportunities and compel innovation. To prepare for a vigorous discussion of these topics, we encourage you to prepare yourself by reviewing some of the resources we have linked below.
We invite submissions for presentations and panel discussions, as well as experiential workshops and engagement sessions related to the archaeology of changing climates in Hawaiʻi, and other topics. We will offer three broad topical sessions:
1) “Environmental Climate Change, Paleoenvironmental Studies, and Land Management,”
2) “Contemporary Issues in Hawaiian Archaeology,” and
3) “General Topics in Hawaiian Archaeology.”
Our entire formal program of events will take place from October 25 to 27 at the Imin Center. On Friday (October 25) evening we invite you to join us for our Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony with ‘ono pupu, followed by our Keynote Address by Dr. Philip Thompson, Assistant Professor, University of Hawai‘i, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Department of Oceanography. His talk will be on “Nu’a Kai (piled ocean): Record breaking Hawai‘i sea levels and future implications.” Arrive early on Saturday (October 26) and Sunday (October 27) for continental breakfast, followed by presentations and activities and lunch. Our annual lūʻau will follow our Business Meeting on Saturday evening. Guests of conference attendees may choose to register for the lūʻau only. SHA t-shirts, journals, books, and other items will be on sale each day.
Call for Submissions
A call for submissions is now open. Abstracts, no longer than 200 words, are required for each proposed paper presentation, panel discussion, workshop, or engagement session. Individuals submitting abstracts must be current SHA members in good standing. If your abstract is selected for inclusion in the program, then you will receive a confirmation email from the conference committee. We welcome proposals for presentations in the following formats:
Paper Presentations: Standard 15-minute paper on a relevant topic. Papers may be requested for publication in a conference proceedings, published by the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology. Please submit proposed paper abstracts through our conference Abstract Submission Form, no later than October 1, 2019. If you experience difficulty using this form, then please email the Conference Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Panel Discussions: One-hour panel discussions. We welcome panels on a variety of topics, especially related to our conference theme. If you have ideas for a panel, then please contact the Conference Planning Committee (email@example.com), no later than September 15, 2019.
Experiential Workshops and Engagement Sessions: Half-hour, one-hour, and two-hour experiential workshops and engagement sessions. We invite visual anthropologists, analytical archaeologists, experimental archaeologists, archivists, cultural practitioners, artisans, and others to engage the SHA 2019 attendees with their research, techniques, crafts, skills, and knowledge. A small table with room for a computer, poster, video screen, telescope, etc. can be provided upon request. Additional accommodations are possible and a participant materials fee can be requested. If you have ideas for an experiential workshop or engagement session, then please contact the Conference Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than September 15, 2019.
Grants and Awards
This year we will celebrate and encourage the contributions of several people and organizations engaged with Hawaiian archaeology. If you have any questions, ideas, would like to volunteer your time, or donate money to an award fund, then please email the Conference Planning Committee (email@example.com).
Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week Poster Award: Submit a poster design for Hawaiʻi archaeology week, October 21 to 27. The winning entry will be used to promote Hawaiian archaeology statewide, and will be submitted to the Society for American Archaeology State Archaeology Celebration Poster Contest. Winning poster design teams will receive an award of $250, a conference registration fee waiver, recognition during the Awards Ceremony, and an acknowledgement on the SHA website and in the SHA Newsletter. To be considered, poster designers must be members of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and must email their poster to the Conference Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than September 15, 2019. Note, we encourage potential applicants with questions to contact us well before application submittal deadline.
Cultural Stewardship Award: The Cultural Stewardship Award celebrates the grassroots efforts of an individual or group working in the Native Hawaiian community, in Kona, that practices responsible stewardship of Hawaiʽi’s cultural heritage. This award acknowledges the profound importance of the archaeological community engaging with such individuals and groups and honoring their legacies and achievements. This award is designed to acknowledge the successful contributions made by persons or organizations to the sustainable welfare of Hawaiʻi’s cultural resources and their commitment to long-term stewardship of these resources. Submit a letter of nomination describing the individual or group being nominated and explain why they are deserving of this award. Email any relevant supporting documents to the Conference Planning Committee (email@example.com), no later than September 15, 2019. Click on the SHA 2019 Cultural Stewardship Award link for more information about how to nominate a cultural practitioner with ties to Kona.
Fellowship Award for Lifetime Achievement: The new Fellowship Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented periodically to a Hawaiian archaeologist for specific accomplishments that are truly extraordinary, widely recognized as such, and of positive and lasting quality. Any professional archaeologist may submit nominations for this award and the strongest nominees will have made significant contributions to the field of Hawaiian archaeology, broadly, as well as to the SHA organization, specifically. Submit a letter of nomination describing the archaeologist who is being nominated and explain why they are deserving of this award. Email any relevant supporting documents to the Conference Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org), no later than September 15, 2019.
Student Presentation Award: The Student Presentation Award contest recognizes the contributions of student members to Hawaiian archaeology. Any student member of SHA in good standing is eligible to participate. All co-authors must be students and the first author must be a SHA member. The winner or winning team receives $500, conference registration fee waivers, recognition during the Awards Ceremony, and an acknowledgement on the SHA website and in the SHA Newsletter. To be considered, students must submit their presentation to the Conference Planning Committee (email@example.com), no later than October 1, 2019. Click on the SHA 2019 Student Presentation Award link for more information about how to apply or volunteer to judge.
Student Travel Grant: The Student Travel Grant is designed to facilitate student participation in the SHA Conference. Any student member of SHA engaged in research relevant to the archaeology of Hawaiʻi, enrolled in an accredited college or university, and in good academic standing is eligible to apply. Applicants MUST be presenting their research at the 2019 SHA Conference and MUST be traveling to the conference from off Hawaiʻi Island. The maximum award for this grant will be $500. The award may be used to defray lodging fees, travel costs, and other expenses associated with the conference (e.g., food purchases). Conference registration fees will be waived for grant winners. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2019. Click on the SHA 2019 Student Travel Grant link to download the application.
Student Research Grant: The Student Research Grant is designed to facilitate and promote research relevant to Hawaiian archaeology. Any student member of SHA engaged in research relevant to the archaeology of Hawaiʻi, enrolled in an accredited college or university, and in good academic standing is eligible to apply. The selection committee will review applications, notify the grant recipient, and arrange for dispersal of the grant funds at the SHA 2019 conference in Kona. However, the recipient does not have to be physically present in Kona during the SHA 2019 conference to accept. The maximum award for this grant will be $1,000. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2019. Click on the SHA 2019 Student Research Grant link to download the application.
Lunch with a Senior Archaeologist
At all SHA events, we encourage socialization, sharing, and networking with friends and colleagues, both old and new. If you are a senior archaeologist willing to mentor a student, or a student interested in meeting a potential mentorship, then please contact the Conference Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for our “Lunch with a Senior Archaeologist Program.”
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 email the Conference Planning Committee (email@example.com).
The SHA will sponsor three huakaʻi during the morning of Friday October 25: Honaunau Ahupuaʻa; Lapakahi and Mahukona; and Kaʻawaloa at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Register no later than October 15. Space is limited!
Honaunau Ahupuaʻa: Morning tour of selected sites of Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park with follow-up walking tour of kaluʻulu Kona Field System sites, Maigret Family Farm.
Leader: MaryAnne Maigret
Max participants: 15
Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Lunch: Casual, light lunch at the farm provided
Cost: Entrance fee at National Park
Sign up: Please email MaryAnne Maigret (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make your reservation.
Lapakahi and Mahukona: Examples of Pre-Contact and Historic Land Use along the North Kohala Coast: The field trip will begin at 9:00am at Lapakahi State Historical Park. Cultural Surveys Hawaiʻi (CSH) will provide a guided tour of the extensive pre-Contact coastal fishing village—some of which has been restored—located within the 262-acre park and accessed via a series of trails. This portion of the field trip will last approximately 2 hours. At around 11:00am, the group will move to Mahukona Beach Park. Mahukona is the site of a historic sugar mill and small harbor instrumental in the export of processed cane from Kohala sugar plantations from circa 1880-1941. We will have lunch in the shade and then take a guided tour of the historical sites around the bay. The field trip will end at Mahukona around 1:30pm.
Come prepared for hot, sunny, and possibly windy weather. Bring sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and protective clothing/headgear. Also, if you would like to cool off in the ocean at Mahukona on your own time following the field trip, bring a bathing suit, towel, and your snorkel gear! The bay at Mahukona offers some historic underwater archaeology; be advised that the water is accessed from a ladder on the main pier as there is no beach.
Leader: The guided tours at Lapakahi and Mahukona will be conducted primarily by Olivier “Oli” Bautista of CSH. Oli graduated from UH Hilo with a degree in Anthropology. He is an archaeologist and historian who has worked for CSH since 2010 and in the CRM field in Hawaii since 2004. Oli has worked on projects in the Lapakahi/Mahukona vicinity in the past and enjoys sharing what he has learned about these places.
Max participants: 18
Time: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Lunch: Pack a sack lunch. Cold water will be provided.
Sign up: Please contact Oli by email (email@example.com) or by phone at the CSH Hilo office (808-965-6478) to make your reservation.
Kaʻawaloa at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park: Tracy Tam Sing the DLNR-Division of State Parks archaeologist will provide a guided tour of the Kaʻawaloa Trail which leads to Kaʻawaloa flats. We will meet at the top of the Kaʻawaloa trail, just south of the Mamalahoa Bypass Road and Napoʻopoʻo Road intersection. You can park on the mauka side of Napoʻopoʻo Road, just south of the intersection. This portion of the fieldtrip will last approximately 1-2 hours. On the way down to Kaʻawaloa Flats we will stop by Puhina O Lono the Heiau site where Captain Cook’s body was prepared for burial after his death in the bay. Once at Kaʻawaloa flats there will be a short talk about the history of the area, and the challenges the Division of State Parks has in monitoring the cultural sites within the Park. The tour at Kaʻawaloa flats will include: the location where Cook was Killed within Awili Bay (X marks the spot) , the house site of Kalaniʻōpuʻu, Haliʻilua Pond, Captain Cook’s Monument, and the location of the Barrett Hotel. We will have lunch at Cook’s Monument at 12:00am, after lunch everyone can enjoy the ocean and the beautiful coral reef in front of the Monument within the bay till 1:00pm and then at 1:30pm we will catch a boat (Captained by Adventures in Paradise) back to Napoʻopoʻo Wharf where once at the wharf, there will be a shuttle to take everyone back up to their vehicles along Napoʻopoʻo Road.
Please prepare for a hot sunny day, bring sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, protective clothing/hat, water, and lunch. Conference attendees will be responsible for their transportation to and from the field trip.
Leader: The guided tour at Kaʻawaloa will be conducted by Tracy Tam Sing. Tracy was born and raised on the Island of Maui. Mr. Tam Sing graduated from Chaminade with a degree in Business and Anthropology, and finished his M.A. in Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is an archaeologist who has worked for State Parks since 2012, and has been conducting archaeological work in Hawaiʻi since 1991.
Max participants: 18 (huakaʻi at capacity. No long accepting registration.)
Time: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Lunch: Pack a lunch and plenty of water. No water will be provided.
Cost: There will be a $10.00 per person fee to help pay for the gas for the boat ride back to the wharf, this will be collected at the beginning of the tour by Mr. Tam Sing.
Sign up: Please contact Tracy Tam Sing by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone at (808-313-0858) to make your reservation.
There are many fine hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and other accommodations for travelers available for visitors to Kona. We recommend you make your reservation early. If you have specific questions, please email the Conference Planning Committee (email@example.com).
Climate Change Documents
Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)
2018 Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, D.C.
2014 Climate Change, Evidence & Causes: An overview from the Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences. Royal Society, London.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2010 Climate Change Science Facts. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Are you ready to Register?
To join us at this year’s conference, click on the SHA 2019 Conference Registration Form. If you experience difficulty using this form, then please email Conference Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). On-site registration will also be available.
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Thank you to our generous sponsors!