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Collaboration and Indigenous Archaeology at Maluaka on the Big Island of Hawai’i

Author(s): Jack Rossen ; Mahealani Pai ; Keonelehua Kalawe ; Brooke Hansen

Year: 2016

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A collaborative archaeological project on the Big Island of Hawaii involves excavation and intensive water flotation to recover plant remains at Maluaka, a ten acre parcel of the North Kona agricultural field system above Keauhou traditionally known as the Kuahewa. The work is conducted in collaboration with Kamehameha Schools, a private charitable educational trust endowed by the will of Hawaiian Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-1884). The project involves linkages with elementary, intermediate and high school students, and at-risk youths. The long-term goal is to revitalize the ancient agricultural terraces and platform system, utilizing Native knowledge and fine-grained archaeological and archaeobotanical data to understand spirituality, technology, layout, and plant patterns at the site. This paper describes the project and the process and results of the 2015 test excavations.

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Collaboration and Indigenous Archaeology at Maluaka on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Jack Rossen, Mahealani Pai, Keonelehua Kalawe, Brooke Hansen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404752)


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min long: 111.973; min lat: -52.052 ; max long: -87.715; max lat: 53.331 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America