WKIP COHORT OF 2010
In 2010, the Wahi Kūpuna Internship Program focused on conducting archaeological surveys and site documentation at Ahu A ‘Umi located in the plateau of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualālai. The WKIP partnered with PIPES, Garcia & Associates and other local experts to help survey and documented sites located within a 40 acre area.
In preparing the interns and staff to work at this culturally important site, the interns were trained in Hawaiian protocols, including 'awa and ho‘okupu preparation and ceremony. Upon completing the necessary cultural protocols, the interns were trained in field survey techniques, GPS technology, and how to properly describe and record sites and artifacts. Following the field work the students spent several weeks doing data analysis and writing up their findings. Upon completion of the field work, the interns presented their research findings at the annual Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Conference held on Kaua‘i.
1. ‘Iolani Kauhane
Project at Ahu a ‘Umi consisted of analyzing the spatial distribution of the outlying
features surrounding Ahu a ‘Umi with in a 140 survey boundary that includes artifacts
and feature structures.
2. U‘ilani Macabio
Project used the Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) to find the geochemical
composition of nā pōhaku (the rocks) of basalt and volcanic glass from Ahu a ‘Umi and
3. Aoloa Santos
Project for Ahu a ‘Umi looked at the architectural and functional design of the main structure and the evolution from the original to its present state. Specifically, the changes that have occurred to the heiau and surrounding ahu over time and why and how these changes were made.
4. Kaimi Wilson
Project for Ahu a ʻUmi was an Analysis of C-shaped structures associated with Ahu a Umi