In 2010, the Wahi Kūpuna Internship Program was created by Huliauapaʻa with support and funding from Kamehameha Schools. The internship program is open to undergraduate students in any of the University of Hawai‘i campuses or UH Community Colleges, who are enrolled in Anthropology, Archaeology, Hawaiian Studies or a related field. During the program, interns engage in place and community based cultural resource management projects that are geared towards developing cultural, academic, social, professional, and technical skillsets.
SKILLS OUR HAUMĀNA LEARN
ETHNOHISTORICAL RESEARCH Ethnohistorical information provides the kahua or foundation for understanding the natural, cultural, and historical background to place.
COMMUNITY ETHNOGRAPHY Community ethnography involves conducting ethnographic interviews with kūpaʻāina to acknowledge and document their historical and contemporary connections to place.
ʻĀINA BASED FIELD WORK ʻĀina based fieldwork, which includes archaeological field methods is an important component of CRM, helping us better understand how our kūpuna utilized their resources to thrive in unique environments.
ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Academic and Professional Development includes showcasing a variety of career paths in CRM, meeting cultural resource managers at various agencies & levels of management, presenting at a professional conference, and writing a research report.