2021 Archaeology Week & Poster Contest

Schedule of Events

Sign up below for Huaka’i (in-person field trips) and Virtual Presentations over Zoom

Wai`anae Coast Cultural Tour Huaka`i (O`ahu)

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 7:45 a.m.

Summer Solstice at Kane`ilio

Wai’anae Coast Cultural Resources Tour
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Time: 8am-11am. Meet at 7:45am to sign-in.
Meeing Place: Poka`i Bay Beach Park, 960 Bayview St #85, Waianae, HI 96792. Meet in parking Lot next to the playground area.
Attire: Face mask required for the orientation, hat/cap, covered shoes
Bring: Water and sunscreen
Led by: Uncle Glen Kila of Marae Ha’a Koa Cultural Learning Center, and Christophor Oliveira of Ikehala Archaeology

It is our pleasure to invite you to a cultural resources tour of the Wai’anae Coast. Uncle Glen Kila and Christophor Oliveira will share their mana’o about the ka’ananiau system, ocean currents, star navigation, Kane temple architecture, holua sledding, pohaku o Kane and Wai’anae geographical features. The huaka‘i will begin at the Kane’ilio unu, the navigational temple. Participants will then drive to the second site at Kaneana Cave. There Uncle Glen and Christophor will share the creation mo’olelo, Kane religion, place names, and land features.

Please Register In Advance for this event:


Lidar in Archaeology with Mark D. McCoy and Adam Johnson

Sunday,  September 26, 2021 7:00 p.m. (HST), Zoom

Presented by the SHA Education Committee

Advances in lidar technology have been central to the ‘geospatial revolution’ in archaeology. In this workshop we look at the types of lidar instruments, data, and software that are currently available, how they have been applied in Hawai‘i, and how they may be used in the future research and wahi kūpuna stewardship.

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Talk Story Session with Dr. Hallett Hammatt: Kama‘aina Roots of Archaeology in Hawai‘i

Tuesday, September 28 6:00 p.m. (HST), Zoom

Many of us who recall the people who influenced 20th century archaeology in Hawai‘i almost automatically think of the Bishop Museum and the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa and Hilo. This includes formal academic narrative with financed field investigations and scholarly reports conducted by people with formal training including field schools and academic degrees. However, this history has a lesser known, even neglected, but equally important narrative involving participants who, for the most part, never pursued formal training or academic career paths, but who, from childhood, explored their homeland for remains of their ancestors 

Please register in advance for this event: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvc-GorzgoEten4NL1tkbXxVL5TS2eIt83

Kalaeloa Heritage Park Huaka`i (O`ahu)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 8:45 a.m.

Kualakai Trail by Shad Kane

 Uncle Shad Kane will be hosting a tour of the Kalaeloa Heritage Park Cultural Resources on the island of O‘ahu, on Wednesday, September 29, at 8:45 a.m. Attendees will also have the option to participate in site maintenance after the tour. This event will be open to a limited number of SHA members and members of the general public. Registration will be capped at 20 participants and local COVID-19 regulations and recommendations are to be followed accordingly. Due to spatial limitations, all participants must also wear a mask during the huaka‘i.

About the huaka‘i: Shad Kane will discuss Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation’s vision and mission as Cultural Stewards to preserve and protect over 177 Native Hawaiian cultural and historical sites at Kalaeloa Heritage Park (KHP).  Uncle Shad will share his mana’o about the archaeological and cultural resources at KHP, including how the park came to be and how KHP serves as a resource for the city of Kapolei as a place that lost its history due to agriculture.  After the tour, volunteers are welcome to assist in maintenance of the park such as pulling weeds or spreading mulch on the footpaths, ending at 11am. Participants are also asked to wear covered shoes (with hard soles if volunteering to help with maintenance).  Light refreshments provided.  Optional:  $10 donation towards KHP maintenance.

If you would like to attend this huaka‘i, please visit the following link to fill out a SHA registration form and waiver:


Additionally, all registrants must fill out the Kalaeloa Heritage Park waiver below, and submit to rikehara@iarii.org

Mo`okini Heiau Huaka`i (Hawai`i Island)

Friday, October 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Tracy Tam Sing will be hosting a huaka‘i at Mo‘okini Heiau on the island of Hawai‘i, on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. This event will be open to a limited number of SHA members as well as members of the general public. Registration will be capped at 10 participants and local COVID-19 ordinance and health official recommendations are to be followed accordingly during the trip.

Participants will meet at Lapakahi State Park and will then drive to the heiau site. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation.

If you would like to attend this huaka‘i, please call Tracy at (808) 313-0858 to reserve your seat AND visit the following link to fill out a SHA registration form and waiver:


Archaeological Ethics and the Practice of Archaeology in Hawai’i with Sara Collins (Virtual Presentation)

Wednesday, September 29 7:00 p.m. (HST), Zoom

Presented by the SHA Standards and Ethics Committee

Becoming a qualified professional archaeologist must include an understanding of ethical practices in the discipline and how to implement them. With increasing public involvement in heritage management, a wide range of stakeholders also see archaeological ethics as integral to the practice of archaeology, whether in cultural resources management (CRM) or academia or as an avocational archaeologist. In this brief webinar, we’ll look at what Hawai’i state law and regulations say about archaeological ethics. We’ll also consider ethical standards developed elsewhere and how they are enforced, including the ethical standards promulgated by archaeological organizations from SHA to the Society for American Archaeology to the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

Please register in advance for this event: https://hawaii.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkfu2rqjMpGNy2eKGyLKIay2VtDdEcpKQP 

Zoom with an Archaeologist for Students Grades K-12 

Presented by the SHA Student Committee 

Friday, October 1 5:00 p.m. (HST), Zoom

Join Kylie Tuitavuki and fellow University of Hawai‘i students for an introduction into the world of archaeology. This talk is oriented towards keiki grades K through 12 who have an interest in archaeology, history, or taking care of the ‘āina and culturally significant places. The UH student presenters will explore a variety of topics including archaeological resources in Hawaiʻi, what it’s like being an archaeologist, and their favorite things about archaeology. Students are encouraged to bring questions to ask the presenters. If under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must register the student for the event. A permission form is included in the event registration page.

Please register in advance for this event:


Mo‘okini Heiau Tour with Tracy Tam Sing; (Hawai`i Island)

Friday, October 1, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m.

Join Tracy on a guided tour of Mo‘okini Heiau. Participants will meet at Lapakahi State Park and will then drive to the heiau site. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation. Please call Tracy to reserve your spot AND fill out the SHA registration form and waiver below.

Register here:  https://forms.gle/MiHu8s2dmBWttMyW9

“The Queen’s Retreat” with Dr. Paul Brennan, Maunawili Valley (O‘ahu)

Saturday, October 2, 2021 @ 9:30 a.m.

Located on a narrow ridge between two major streams in upper Maunawili Valley, lies approximately 10 acres which has come to be associated with the Royal Family during the latter part of the 19th century. Not only did their visits there place it on early maps, but innovations within the Maunawili Ranch, of which it was a part, became important historical indicators of what was happening on the Windward side of Oahu.  Today this site contains the oldest still-standing house (1893), a carriageway and bath (1870s), a coffee mill (1900), cattle-ranching walls (1850s), and along the streams numerous pondfield sets still intact. Nearby lie a petroglyph, a lithic workshop, and a heiau, largely hidden by the numerous exceptional trees growing there. This tour will highlight, layer upon layer, what is still visible and the archaeological “footprint” that has been found. Future use of this valuable site, as well as 1000 acres associated with it, will also be projected.

Register here: https://forms.gle/Uv6GkjRovdfBUMAY8

Youth Poster Contest

As we prepare for this year’s Society for Hawaiian Archaeology virtual conference, scheduled from October 2-3, 2021, we are pleased to announce the Hawaiian Archaeology Week Youth Poster Design Contest

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Hawai‘i students through Grade 12 or any Hawai‘i resident under 19 years of age.


THEME: Preserving and Sharing the History of Hawai‘i through Archaeology

FORMAT: 18 x 24 inches poster with a portrait or landscape orientation. Minimum resolution for scanned entries is 2700 by 3600.

CRITERIA: The winning design will be selected based on originality, composition, and relevance to theme.

PRIZES: 1st Place – poster showcased throughout Hawaiʻi during Archaeology Week, $100 Nā Mea Hawai‘i gift certificate, family admission to local museum, and printed copy of poster. Five runner-up post-ers will also be showcased. 

EMAIL ENTRY TO: posters@hawaiianarchaeology.org OR MAIL ENTRY TO: Society for Hawaiian Archaeology, P.O. Box 22458, Honolulu, HI 96823-2458

***ENTRY MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 14, 2021, with the Participant Consent Form

INSPIRATION / IDEAS: Your favorite archaeological site, artifact, mo‘olelo, or wahi kūpu-na. Combine images (photos, hand drawings, and/or digital images) and written words to share the story of your chosen topic. Research your topic by talking to community members, and by exploring books and the internet (we have included a few websites to start your journey). Feel free to email SHAconference2021@gmail.com for questions on specific topics.

SPONSORED BY: Society for Hawaiian Archaeology

Archaeology Week Youth Poster Design Contest