Draft SOPs for Archaeology

The State Historic Preservation Division is in the process of revising their Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for both Review & Compliance and Survey & Inventory for Archaeology.  Below, please find links to the SOPs and associated Appendices.  Comments may be submitted to the Archaeology Branch Chief, Theresa Donham, at theresa.k.donham@hawaii.gov, through December 15, 2014.


Draft Review and Compliance SOP

Draft Survey and Inventory SOP

Draft Survey and Inventory SOP Appendices:

Appendix A – Field Forms

Appendix B – Contexts

Appendix C – Site Database Instructions

Appendix D – Geodatabase Instructions

Appendix E – AIS Guidelines

Appendix F – Report Submittal Form

Appendix G – Report Database Instructions


Final Conference Program Now Available

The Conference Program for the Annual Hawaiian Archaeology is now available here.

Vote on Archaeology Week Poster!

Vote for your favorite Archaeology Week poster design by sending an email to Maria Orr (kaimi@lava.net). Please do not auto-respond to the SHA list.

We have limited time, so all votes must be in by 3 pm Thursday, Sept 18. Note, final editing and addition of sponsor logos will occur after selection.

If you or your firm would like to help sponsor the winning poster, let Maria know and we will be in touch.

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Option 2

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Archaeology Week Resources Guide

October 4, 2014

O’ahu Nui Stone and Kūkaniloko Birth Stones Site Visits

Meet at O’ahu Nui Stone (Waikakalaua Gulch – small park on right) at 10:00am for a brief history of the significance of the O’ahu Nui Stone; then drive to Kūkaniloko Birth Stones site (birthplace of ruling chiefs – across Whitmore Avenue) for an interpretive overview by Kahu Tom Lenchanko.

Bring water and snacks, bug spray, comfortable clothes and mats/chairs for seating at Kūkaniloko. No toilet facilities available at Kūkaniloko.

kaluaaahu directions: (Oahu Nui)

“X” marks the basketball court where we will meet. H-2 freeway to Wahiawa, take exit 7 to the intersection at Leilehua golf course road and turn right onto
Kahelu Ave and take the first right onto Wikao Ave. Follow along Wikao Ave past the Launani Valley sign, the basketball court will be on the right, we’ll meet
at the stairway between the basketball and tennis courts at 10am, Saturday October 04, 2014. Thomas Lenchanko’s contact number is 808-349-9949.

Oahu Nui

October 5, 2014
Kaniakapūpū Service Day (Kamehameha III Summer Palace)

Meet at BOW lily pond (Old Pali Rd) at 9:00am; 1.5hr tour of the area learning the history of the ahupua’a, Kaniakapūpū, and La Ho’iho’i Ea from Kahu Kaho’ōla; then plant ti, remove weeds from structure; followed by making pu’ohe (bamboo trumpet instrument) from bamboo in the area.

Bring water and snacks, bug spray, comfortable clothes and hiking shoes. No toilet facilities available.

kapaahuawa directions: (Kukaniloko)

“X” marks the access roadway from Kamehameha Hwy. H-2 freeway exit 8 through Wahiawa town and turn left at the intersection of Kamehameha Hwy and
Whitmore Ave. We should be onsite at 11am, following our kaluaaahu visit at 10am. Thomas Lenchanko’s contact number is 808-349-9949. No comfort station onsite. We may open
the aha iwaho and afford parking along the access up to the aha iloko…


October 8, 2014

A cultural Landscapes Excursion to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center, followed by a field outing to Kaunolū and Hi‘i on the Island of Lāna‘i.

(A day trip hosted by Pūlama Lāna‘i Culture & Historic Preservation Branch Staff).

If people are traveling from Honolulu, they should plan to catch the first flight which leaves around 6 a.m., and return to O’ahu on the flight that departs around 3:30 p.m. (Island Air). If the group is between 10 to 15 pax, Pūlama Lāna‘i  can handle ground transportation.

Participants should bring appropriate clothing and shoes for a walk through section of thorned kiawe overgrowth, sun block, and any supplies necessary for health or personal care. I will also need to request that each participant sign a liability waiver for the land owner. The Kaunolū will require a medium physical capacity, with the ability to walk on slopes.

Please contact the following for more information or to RSVP:

Kepā Maly
Senior Vice President Culture & Historic Preservation
Pūlama Lāna‘i
Tel 808.565.3308
www.pulamalanai.com| kmaly@pulamalanai.com

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Top– aerial overview of the Keālia Kapu – Kaunolū Heritage Complex

Center – residents recalling early plantation memories at the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center.

Bottom– section of the Hi’i dryland agricultural heiau complex

Archaeology Week

What Is Archaeology Week?
Archaeology Week is a national program to promote the preservation of our country’s heritage. Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week is sponsored by the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and is observed in October to integrate with SHA’s annual conference. Each year, the SHA publishes an Archaeology Week Poster using contributions from state and federal agencies and member donations, and also makes available a comprehensive online Archaeology Week Resources Guide. The posters are distributed to local, state, and federal agencies and private entities to help promote the preservation of Hawai’i’s archaeological heritage.

Archaeology Week Volunteers and Participants
Make Archaeology Week a Statewide celebration by having an event or activity on your island that highlights the fascinating things we learn from archaeology.

• Ask your County or certified local government to recognize the second week of October of each year as Hawaiʻi Archaeology Week as part of a statewide effort to encourage respect, appreciation and a better understanding of Hawaiʻi’s diverse cultural heritage. Present each council or board member with a poster.
• CRM firms are encouraged to have an open house or create a display from recent work that can be placed in a public area.
• Arrange a talk at a public forum in your town; give a show–and–tell at a local school.
• Create a display for a local library, school, a mall, town hall or other public forum. Is the poster you created for an SHA poster session usable?
• Organize an essay contest (for example, “Why is knowledge about the past important to us now?”) or create a bookmark contest at local schools, focused on archaeology. Possible prizes: cash; a book about archaeology; tickets to a museum (ask a museum to donate them); something the school suggests (tickets to homecoming? Prom?). Consider allowing a winner to visit a site where you are working.
• Contact a local museum and volunteer to help with a display.
• Help your local library display archaeology or Hawai’i Heritage books.
• Work with a local organization like Girl or Boy Scouts to do something like the above projects.
• Please put any on–going events (visiting speakers, open–houses) on the SHA Archaeology Week Calendar. Contact the Co-Chairs to put an event on the Archaeology Week Calendar.
• Get the event listed in the local newspaper calendar, and the public radio and TV calendars.
• Write an article for the local newspaper.

Contact the Archaeology Week Co-Chairs
If you have a question or comment or would like to put an event on the Archaeology Week Calendar [link to page], please contact Maria “Kaimi” Orr, Archaeology Week Chair, at kaimi@lava.net, or Theresa K. Donham, Co-chair, at tkdonham@msn.com.


Conference Registration Now Available!

Registration for the 2014 conference is now available here!

Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is Aug. 31

The SHA Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is on August 31.  Archaeology Week has been defunct for many years and the SHA is asking for your kokua.  Would you please consider submitting a poster idea?

Imagine an inspiring scene for our SHA Archaeology Week poster and win a SHA individual membership for one year!  Posters must follow the theme for the 2014 SHA annual conference, which is “Hilo ‘ia ke aho o ka ‘ike: Na kākou ke kuleana e noi‘i noelo aku i ka ‘ike kupuna (Braided are the cords of knowledge: It is our responsibility to search for ancestral wisdom).”  Poster designs must be 18 x 24 inches in size and can have either a portrait or landscape orientation.

Selection of the winning poster design will be based on an initial sketch and concept description, which are dueAugust 31, 2014. Please submit entries either electronically or in hard copy (call for the address) to Maria “Kaimi” Orr, Archaeology Week Chair, at (808) 375-3317, or Theresa K. Donham, Co-chair, at tkdonham@msn.com. Please be sure to provide contact information so we can confirm receipt of your materials.

Mahalo nui loa for your consideration,


SHA Public Relations Chair

NPS Response to CAP-2 Submittal

The National Park Service has submitted a response to the State Historic Preservation Division’s second submittal towards completion of the Corrective Action Plan (#2).  Links are provided below for each submitted element.

Dr. Stephanie Toothman’s Letter to William Aila

Comments on IT/GIS Elements

CAP-2 Status

CAP-2 Final Report

Call for Papers for 2014 SHA Conference

Call for Papers now open!  Visit the following link for more information:


GS-0193-09 Archeologist Position at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

This position is located in the Resource Management Division at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the Island of Hawaii. The incumbent will carry out a range of duties in support of cultural resource management in one or more park units in West Hawaii where cultural and archeological resources are predominant. The incumbent will coordinate and implement cultural resource projects based on knowledge of Hawaiian history, pre-contact history, and knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of archeology and cultural resource management in the Hawaiian Islands. Please use the following link for more information and applying for the position.