Kawailoa, HI—The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Department of Anthropology and Kamehameha Schools are collaborating to offer a unique educational opportunity at one of Kamehameha Schools' most precious cultural sites.
Beginning on Saturday, January 12, the North Shore Field School will provide an outdoor classroom for archaeological field training at Kupopolo Heiau, one of the most significant wahi kūpuna (ancestral places) remaining in the ahupua'a of Kawailoa on O'ahu's North Shore.
"The goal of the North Shore Field School is to train Native Hawaiian and local archaeology and anthropology students who want to work with Indigenous peoples in Hawai'i and elsewhere," said Ty Kāwika Tengan, UH's Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. "We hope that community awareness of and engagement with anthropology will increase, particularly as it may be of use for mālama 'āina (land stewardship) and cultural resource management activities."
The field school invites twenty students and ten community volunteers to Kupopolo Heiau each Saturday during the spring semester to identify, document and investigate archaeological artifacts, features and other cultural landscapes. Cultural practitioners and others in the North Shore community will share their knowledge and perspectives through demonstrations, "talk story" sessions and other hosted visits.
"We welcome the first North Shore Field School cohort to our lands. Their work will deepen our understanding of these cultural resources, reconnect us with our ancestors, and strengthen our cultural identity," said Jason Jeremiah, KS' Senior Cultural Resource Manager. "This program aligns with the goals of Kamehameha's Cultural Resource Management and North Shore plans, and we're excited to provide an environment for learning and exploration."
Over the next three years, Kamehameha Schools will grant access to study Kupopolo Heiau. Information collected through archaeology surveys and ethnohistoric studies will be used by Kamehameha Schools' Wahi Kūpuna Program to assess, prioritize and monitor threats to these wahi pana thereby ensuring protection and stewardship for current and future generations.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I MĀNOA
Founded in 1907, the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawai'i System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Mānoa's unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics' program and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a "best value" among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a great education and have a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning—truly like no place else on earth.
ABOUT KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS
Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Today, Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling over 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O'ahu, Maui and Hawai'i and 31 preschool sites statewide. Over 47,000 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools' outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai'i and across the continental United States.