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Dear SHA Members,

We are pleased to announce that after a brief hiatus, production is now underway for Volume 15 of Hawaiian Archaeology. This issue features 2 editorials, 5 research articles, and 3 book reviews. Please see the below table of contents for a preview. 

We are now also accepting submissions for Volume 16 (2022), with a formal call for submissions to follow soon.

While all are welcome to submit to Hawaiian Archaeologyonly SHA members with active memberships will receive a copy of Volume 15. Please remember that membership dues renew at the start of each calendar year. To make sure you receive a copy of our latest issue, renew your membership by March 1, 2021.


Jillian Swift & William Belcher

Editors, Hawaiian Archaeology




Lei Niho Palaoa and Digital Tools to Safeguard Against the Illicit Use of Ancient DNA

Keolu Fox

Archaeology of Poverty (ʻIlihune) in the Hawaiian Islands

Mark D. McCoy

Research Articles

The Passive Side of Conflict Archaeology: The 2016 to 2019 Excavations of a POW Mess Hall in the Honouliuli Internment POW Camp, Island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi

William R. Belcher

Quantitative Analysis of Shell Material Collected from the South Point Dune Site During the 1953-1958 Excavations

Michael J. Oras

An Overview of Digitally Documenting Surface and Subterranean Sites at the U.S. Armyʻs Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaiʻi

Ted Parsons

Status and Gender in Hawaiian House Complexes

Kirsten Garwood Vacca and Michael J. Kolb

Prehistory of the Saddle Region of Hawaiʻi Island

Charles M. Langlas

Book Reviews

JoAnna Poblete, Balancing the Tides: Marine Practices in American Samoa

Reviewed by Kylie Tuitavuki

Sam Low, Hawaiki Rising: Hōkūleʻa, Nainoa Thompson, and the Hawaiian Renaissance

Reviewed by Maris Kamalu

Mark D. McCoy, Maps for Time Travelers: How Archaeologists Use Technology to Bring Us Closer To the Past

Reviewed by Kepa Lyman


Company: International Archaeology, LLC (IA)
Position: Archaeologist/Field Technician
Location: Guam

Description: International Archaeology, LLC (IA) is accepting applications for the position of Archaeologist/Field Technician in the Guam office (must have a valid U.S. passport or U.S. work permit [for entry into U.S. military installations] and driver’s license). This is a full-time temporary position that will last for approximately 2-3 months, beginning immediately. The term may be extended as company needs and individual performance warrant. The work will include archaeological monitoring, survey, and excavation. A minimum of 2 years of archaeological experience is required; archaeological experience in the Pacific is preferred though not required. The position requires work experience and skills sufficient to independently recognize surface and subsurface archaeological remains, assess the type of work needed to appropriately perform field documentation of the remains, and to efficiently carry out such documentation, which includes maintaining organized and comprehensive written records. Applicants must have a B.A. or M.A. degree in anthropology with specialization in archaeology or a degree in a related field. Hourly wage range is $22.00-$25.00 commensurate with position and experience of the applicant, benefits include one round-trip airfare to Guam, housing at no charge, per diem, and use of a company vehicle. Please submit a letter of interest and résumé (including three references) to and Closing date: February 22, 2021.

Archaeology Job Opportunity on Big Island

– ID#

International Center for High Technology Research.  Regular,
Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific International
Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), performing project tasks on land
controlled by U.S. Army Garrison, Hawai‘i (USAG-HI) at Pōhakuloa Training Area
(PTA), located on the Island of Hawai‘i.


DUTIES:  Provides
day-to-day support in implementing the Island of Hawai‘i Cultural Resource
Program Scope of Work (SOW).  Serves as
PTA Cultural Resources Technician and performs assigned tasks to implement
programs developed by the Cultural Resources Program Manager U.S. Army Hawai‘i
(USARHAW).  Works to support all
fieldwork, including accompanying cultural accesses, driving to
historical/archaeological sites to do periodic monitoring, pedestrian survey,
data collection and input, and coordination of assigned tasks/projects.  Becomes familiar with installation plans,
undertakings, and cultural studies and inventories.  Works in areas with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
with professional Explosive Ordnance
Disposal (EOD)

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited
four (4) year college or university in Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural
Resources Management, or related field. 

EXPERIENCE:  Field school or at least three (3) months of
experience in archaeological fieldwork, ethnography, or similar experience.

Works under strenuous and extreme
outdoor conditions.  Able to hike up to
ten (10) miles per day with backpack weighing up to forty (40) pounds
unassisted, and camp in remote and rugged areas for periods of several days.
Backpacking field trips of several hours are commonly required over rough
terrain at elevations of 5,000 to 8,000 feet.

and experience in the cultural and archaeological setting specific to Army
lands on Hawai‘i islands.  Experience in
Hawai‘i or Pacific Islands archaeology. 
Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GPS, in
addition to advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access database
management.  Experience performing a
variety of cultural resources program tasks, particularly in a governmental
agency setting. 

INQUIRIES:  Ana Tejeda 808-345-1111 (Hawai‘i). 

Please go to
and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to
be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory
References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be
submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH
receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our
system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the
application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or
(808)956-0872.  CLOSING DATE:  January 29, 2021. 

is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a
focus on the University of

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

Newly Elected Board of Directors 2020-2022


Mara Mulrooney

Scott Belluomini

Charmaine Wong

Recording Secretary
Summer Moore

Communications Secretary/Webmaster:
Angus Raff-Tierney

Standing Committee Chairs:


Seth Quintus


Jillian Swift

Standards & Ethics:
Kirsten Vacca

Student Representative:
Kylie Tuitavuki

Public Relations:
Ana Tejeda

Conference Committee Chair:
Alexandra Bennicas

Deferred Annual General Meeting Elections Nov 4th

During the annual general meeting, elections of Officers and Conference chairs was deferred to November 4th at 5 pm. All positions are up for election. If you are a current SHA member and would like to participate or run, send an email to:

SHA Conference 2020

SHA 2020 Conference