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Kamehameha Schools has partnered to create the 2018 Punalu‘u Archaeological Field School, through which participants document and study important cultural sites, including this unnamed heiau in Punalu‘u.

Archaeological field school to showcase features in Punalu‘u

Feb. 22, 2018

In an effort to create an “outdoor classroom” in which students learn to identify, document and investigate archaeological features, artifacts and other culturally significant materials, Kamehameha Schools has partnered to create the 2018 Punalu‘u Archaeological Field School.

The field school is a collaboration between KS, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Anthropology Department and non-profit cultural resource management company IARII.

The school, which will take place on KS ‘āina in Punalu‘u, will feature a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure an immersive, hands-on learning experience with tasks such as: pedestrian survey and excavation; mapping and GPS recording; as well as artifact and animal identification and cataloguing.

Through this and similar projects, KS seeks to strengthen kanaka identity through ʻāina-based stewardship and provide leadership and educational opportunities via the ‘āina.

The field school is open to all college students in the UH system, including community and outreach colleges (so that current teachers and professionals looking to further their education can take part).

Applications are available by contacting Dr. Seth Quintus (, and are due March 1 with final acceptance determinations made by April 1.

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