International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc.

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International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII), is a private non‑profit corporation, based in Honolulu and Guam, that has conducted archaeological investigations throughout the Pacific-Asia region since 1986. The company has completed nearly 1,000 historic preservation and research projects of almost every size and type over a vast geographic region. Continue reading

2nd Annual Kalaeloa Heritage Park Luau Fundraiser

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The 2nd Annual Kalaeloa Heritage Park Luau Fundraiser held this past summer was not only a success but exceeded all our expectations. It was a sold-out crowd. A big mahalo to HCDA board member Shirley Swinney for her leadership of which this could not happen without her hard work and dedication to the heritage park. Continue reading

Stone Mounds

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Our ancestors lived in a world of parallel and intersecting lines associated with the heavens. The rising and setting of the sun, moon and stars, lines of sight all integrated into the construction of their houses, walls, agricultural efforts and even above ground burials. It was a world of symbols and signs that manifest themselves in a sense of presence. One only need to recognize it. It is personal.

Amongst the many archaeological features at the Kalaeloa Heriage Park are coral mounds. They are described in a subsistence manner. There are many. Some easy to see and recognizable, others more obscure. Some just a pile of stones. However, they all appear to be set in place by hands. Not by the wind, not by the moving of the ground or water but by one’s hands. This article is only meant to help us see as we once did and develop in us an appreciation of how life once was and those who are no longer.

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Team Rubicon

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Amongst the organizations that have been providing volunteer help at the Kalaeloa Heritage Park is a national disaster relief organization by the name of Team Rubicon. They have been to the park several times over the past few months to help with heavy work. Work that most of us struggle with. It is interesting that they have time to share with us considering the level of national disaster relief request they get. They are amongst our most dedicated partners.

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Kamahaʻo Canoe Club Kahili Paʻalima Workshop

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Kamahaʻo Canoe Club is at Iroquois Point, Kapilina Beach Homes on Iroquois Drive. You can’t miss their canoe hale from the road. They are a canoe club that provides for both recreational and competitive paddling. Kamahaʻo also has strong cultural ties with their annual participation in the Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam Makahiki when they bring Lono by way of a double hull canoe to Hickam Harbor Beach. They have been participating in these makahiki games for well over 10 years. Joining them in Lono’s canoe for this years Kapuaikaula Makahiki were Navy Captain Hayes, Navy Commander Leppard and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Tadevitch. Their paddlers have been frequent winners at these makahiki games.

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Rona Ikehara-Quebral – KHP Volunteer Docent

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Rona Ikehara-Quebral’s passion for archaeology started in elementary school, when she was fascinated by the ancient wonders of the world, the puzzle of our human past, and Africa. This led her to major in anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, and after graduation she became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, Africa, where she taught math and science for three years. She returned to Hawai’i in 1988 and pursued a teaching degree in math and then graduate studies in anthropology. Since 1990 she has worked for International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII), as a bioarchaeologist, an archaeologist who specializes in the study of human skeletal remains, and has also taught anthropology courses at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa.

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Chuck Chambers – Park Volunteer

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Oftentimes we run into some interesting people at Kalaeloa Heritage Park and I find a need to say something about them. The reason I find it interesting is because one of the stories associated with the heritage park is a story of travel. A story of migrations and how we see ourselves. The person I want to introduce you to is one of our dedicated volunteers. His name is Chuck Chambers.

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Native Plants of KHP: ʻĀhinahina o ʻEwa

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Photograph by Bruce P Koebele

Name: Achyranthes splendens var. rotundata

(‘Āhinahina o ‘Ewa or ‘Ewa hinahina)

Description: An endemic endangered shrub with silvery leaves and long flower/fruit spikes today found wild only in Kalaeloa, Mākaha Valley and at Ka‘ena Point, O‘ahu.

Best Growing Conditions: Full sun; water once a week until established and then only during drought. This shrub normally lives only about five years or less.

Interesting Facts: Without an ancient Hawaiian name, it is unknown if Achyranthes was important or useful to Hawaiians. ‘Āhinahina o ‘Ewa and ‘Ewa hinahina are recently-given names for the plant. A dense covering of reflective hairs makes the leaves appear silvery and protects the shrub from the damaging ultraviolet rays in its naturally sunny habitat. More information about Achyranthes can be found at: www.nativehawaiiangarden.org

Text & photograph by Bruce P Koebele

2nd Annual Lu‘au Fundraiser

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Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation Announces 2nd Annual Lu‘au and Fundraiser

HONOLULU – June 8, 2016 The Kalaeloa Heritage and Legacy Foundation (KHLF), whose mission is to protect the historical sites and mo‘olelo of Kalaeloa announced today that it will be holding its 2nd annual lu‘au and fundraiser at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Kalaeloa Heritage Park (KHP) in Kalaeloa. Continue reading

Jan Becket – Cultural Sites Photographer

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In the mid 1990s I first got permission to enter Kalaeloa, which at that time was still Barberʻs Point Naval Air Station — totally off-limits to the public. Joe Singer and I were working on a book, Pana Oʻahu, which was published by UH Press in 1999. In the mid 1990s, we had visited and photographed heiau all over Oʻahu, but not many inʻEwa. It was a huge blank space for us, yet to be filled in. Continue reading