ARCHAEOLOGY MORE THAN JUST SITES

LIHU‘E — “The schools were ecstatic when they found out that it’s

free,” said Carol Lovell, director of the Kaua‘i Museum.

About 250 students from schools around the island converged on the

museum grounds for the first day of the Kaua‘i Museum Cultural Fare

yesterday. The fare continues today, Friday, Oct. 7, and concludes

tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 8.

Lovell explained that more students will be visiting today, and for the

duration of the fare, and there is no admission charge.

The fare is part of a celebration of the Hawaiian Archeology Conference

that opens today, Friday, Oct. 7, at the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort off

Kuhio Highway near Hanama‘ulu, Lovell explained.

That conference was supposed to have been held on Maui this year, but

after conference leaders found out about the special Archeology on

Kaua‘i exhibit currently on display at the Kaua‘i Museum, they relocated

the conference to Kaua‘i so participants could get the benefit of the

exhibit, which extended its run for the benefit of the conference,

Lovell said.

The saga doesn’t end there, though. Sheri Majewski, the museum’s

educational outreach coordinator, said that this Saturday is a special

‘Ohana Day, with no admission being charged from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Normally, just the first Saturday of each month is ‘Ohana Day, with free

admission and cultural demonstrations.

Majewski said the museum board members wanted to do more, and, after

consulting with practitioners of Hawaiian culture, coordinated the

three-day event in honor of the archeology conference.

Majewski said, “This is just a small beginning. There are a lot of

younger students out there who need direction, and, hopefully, this fare

will bring them back to their roots, and serve as an anchor for them.

Hopefully, it will spark the desire to learn in them.”

“Archeology is more than just sites,” Lovell added.

“By having the practitioners on hand, the students learning, it serves

to show that archeology can be alive and the culture being practiced.”

Lovell explained that, yesterday, her day began at 5 a.m. when she met a

group at the Cafe ‘Aina in Hanama‘ulu, to escort them to Nawiliwili

Harbor, where a waiting boat left at 6 a.m. for an archeological tour

along the

Northshore.

From there, it was down to Po‘ipu, where one of the sites for visitation

was changed, so she had to redirect a group to the alternate site.

Upon returning to the museum that serves as a hub for the conference,

more people were waiting for a tour to yet another site, an aspect that

caused Lovell to admit, “We love being the hub.”

She was accomplishing all of this while juggling about 150 social-

studies students from Waimea High School, whose arrival to the museum

was delayed due to a four-car accident along Kaumuali‘i Highway near

Halfway Bridge earlier in the morning.

Thursday’s agenda saw Nelson Ka‘ai demonstrate and talk about hula

implements, while kumu E. Kawai Aona-Ueoka had students working handson

with wauke to create paper, the students had the benefit of taking not

only their created paper, but the host branch as well as the knowledge

of the process so they could write reports on this aspect of Hawaiiana.

Outside, in the museum courtyard, lauhala weavers were joined by Bobo

Ham Young, who worked creating feather lei while anxious patrons studied

the group’s practice.

Lovell said that members of today’s group will also include

stonecarvers, as well as an expert on Hawaiian place names.

At the opening of the archeology conference Friday night, Lovell said

the keynote speaker will be Kalani Flores, who will be talking about

treasures, and on Saturday, the special speaker will be Tim De La Vega,

the president of the museum’s board of trustees.

De La Vega will be presenting a slide show as well as a talk about the

history of surfing.

For more information, people may call the Kaua‘i Museum at 245-6931.

  • Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, may be reached

at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com

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