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Call for Papers: Conference September 30 to October 2

 Pūpūkahi i Holomua: Unite to Move Forward


2022 Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Conference

September 30 to October 2

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, O‘ahu, Hawaiʻi

 Welina mai me ke aloha,


The Conference Planning Committee and the Board of Directors for the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology (SHA) invite you to join our annual gathering, taking place at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, 2022. The Bishop Museum is located on O‘ahu, at 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817.


The SHA conference will be the capstone event for Archaeology Week in Hawaiʻi, which will take place from September 26 to October 2. We encourage you to arrive early so you may orient yourself to the natural and cultural landscape on the island of O‘ahu. You also won’t want to miss your chance to participate in a SHA-sponsored huaka‘i (field trips) on Friday.


This year’s conference theme, Pūpūkahi i Holomua, can be translated into English as “unite to move forward.” Although there are many things we can accomplish alone, this ōlelo no‘eau teaches us that together, we can better move forward to achieve shared goals. After the hardships collectively experienced over the past couple of years, the objective of this year’s Annual SHA Conference is simply to come together, reconnect, and share ideas so we may continue to work together in the field of archaeology in Hawai‘i. We hope this is an exciting opportunity to not only see old faces, but also to build relationships with individuals who are new to the field or share mutual interests in Wahi Kūpuna Stewardship.


The conference committee invites submissions and panel discussions, as well as experiential workshops and engagement sessions related to archaeology in Hawai‘i as we gather in person for the first time since 2019 for the 35th Annual SHA Conference. Submissions broadly related to the following topics are encouraged:


1.      Community Archaeology and Public Engagement

2.      General Topics in Hawaiian Archaeology and Historic Preservation

3.      Contemporary Issues in Archaeology in Hawai‘i and the broader region of Oceania


Our formal program of events will take place from September 30 to October 2 at the Bishop Museum. On Friday (September 30) evening we invite you to join us for our Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony with ‘ono pupu (delicious refreshments), followed by our Keynote Address. Arrive early on Saturday (October 1) and Sunday (October 2) for a continental breakfast followed by presentations, activities, and lunch. Our annual lūʻau will follow our Annual Business Meeting on Saturday evening. Guests of conference attendees may choose to register for the lūʻau only.


More information on award nominations and registration for Archaeology Week events and the 35th annual SHA Conference is forthcoming.


If you are interested in volunteering to lead a huaka‘i or workshop during Archaeology Week or would like to volunteer to help at the conference, please contact the Conference Planning Committee ( Discounted conference registration will be available for all volunteers.


Call for Submissions


A call for submissions is now open.  Abstracts of no more than 250 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, 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.  Please submit proposed paper abstracts to the Conference Planning Committee (
no later than August 15, 2022.  Submissions should include the paper title, a short summary (abstract of no more than 250 words), name(s) of author(s), and author affiliation(s).


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, please contact the Conference Planning Committee (, no later than August 15, 2022.


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 2022 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, please contact the Conference Planning Committee (, no later than August 15, 2022.


Student Travel Grants

Grants of up to $500 are available for student members of SHA engaged in research relevant to the archaeology of Hawai‘i, enrolled in an accredited college or university, and in good academic standing. Applicants must be presenting their research at the 2022 SHA Conference and must be travelling to the conference from off-island. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2022. Awardees will be selected based on research relevance and rigor. Follow the link below to download the Student Travel Grant application.

SHA 2022 Student Travel Grant Link

Membership Renewal

To submit an abstract, you must be a current member of SHA. If your SHA membership has lapsed or if you would like to join for the first time, follow the link below and choose from either General ($30), Student ($15 with student ID), or Family ($35) membership, or become a lifer with a Lifetime membership ($500).

Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Membership Registration (


We look forward to seeing you in Honolulu at the end of September!