Archaeology Students Study North Shore Heiau

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A unique opportunity on the North Shore is bringing students outside the traditional classroom. Kamehameha Schools and UH Manoa's Department of Anthropology have come together to establish the first North Shore Field School. It's a place where budding archaeologists can gain first hand experience on one of Oahu's most sacred ancestral lands.

Every Saturday over the next 14 weeks, twenty students will gather at Kupopolo Heiau to identify and document archaeological artifacts and practice mapping and excavation techniques.

UH Associate Professor Ty Kawika Tengan says this project has been in the works for the past five years.

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Jason Jeremiah, Kamehameha's senior cultural resource manager, believes that in order to gain a better understanding of the land, you have to build a relationship with the people in the community.

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The Field School is looking for volunteers to help clear debris at Kupopolo Heiau. If you live in the North Shore community and would like to get involved, send an email to northshore@ksbe.edu.

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)