Punalu’u Archaeological Field School



During this program, students will work in an outdoor “classroom” where they will learn how to identify, document, and investigate archaeological features, artifacts, and other cultural materials. The field school offers a distinctive opportunity for students with prospective academic or professional careers by combining instructors from the UHM, a professional, non-profit cultural resource management company (IARII), and Kamehameha Schools. Field school research will expand knowledge of traditional agriculture, investigate the mo‘olelo of Kekuaokalani, and provide a greater understanding of wahi kūpuna (ancestral sites) within Punalu‘u Valley. Results of this research will inform community engagement, cultural heritage, and stewardship activities within Punalu‘u.