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Day 15: Archaeology will miss you Dr. Wechsler!

Today we went to the Happa trail and Koloa Field System preserve 1. At both of the sites I worked with Jake to record the spectrometer readings. Both sites were ancient irrigational sites. Hawaiians used rocks to make “auwai” or irrigation ditches for their fields. At the sites I recorded the spectrometer readings of rocks […]

Day 14: Waking up at 4am is too extreme


Today we went to the Napoli state beach. We woke up at 4am (no its not a typo) to go to the harbor. We took two zodiac boats to go to this remote beach on the western side of Kauai. The Napoli beach had remnants of Hawaiian buildings which was very interesting. The beach was […]

Day 13: Waimea canyon, beach


Today everyone in the group got together to do something fun instead of field work. We left our house at 8:30am and we went to go see the Waimea canyon. It was a wonderful place so full of vegetation and massive canyons. After the Waimea canyon, made a quick stop at a coffee shop and […]

Day 12: (June 22, 2012) Lower/Upper Quarry and Gatewing X100 launch


On June 23, 2012 I went to the upper and lower quarry all day with David Burney. For the lower quarry the archaeology group, Jake, Paul went with David Burney. At the lower quarry we saw some amazing rock features, fossils of extinct snails in rocks, caves and marshes. After lunch the archaeology group went with David […]

Day 11: Second Heiau


Today  we went to the NTBG facility in the morning to do data analysis. After lunch I went with Dr. lee, Dr. Wechsler, Ted, Dr. Burney and some of the archaeology group members for an adventure. The first place we stopped at was a church built in 1841 and the first Catholic Church that was […]

Day 10: Spectrometers!

Today I assisted Jake and went on a hike to collect spectrometer readings of different types of rocks around the Heiau. We collected spectrometer reading of 5 different types of rocks. I learned to use the spectrometer because of Jake’s awesome teaching method. Thanks Jake!

Day 9: Hiking and data generating


Today we hiked the Mahaulepu trail and saw remnants of ancient Polynesian temple called Heiau. The Mahaulepu trail was a beautiful trail along the coast.  At the Heiau I helped out (or tried to at least) Jake (graduate assistant) in recording the spectrometer readings of the Heiau stone structures covered in lichem. The Heiau stone […]

Day 8: Tour


Today David Burney gave us a tour around the botanical gardens and around the area. We mainly toured around Poipu which is southern area of Kauai. We also flew a kite (unfortunately we could not attach a camera to it because of the conditions of the wind) and flew a small remote controlled aircraft with […]

Day 7: Hawaii!!


Today we got up at 5am to catch a flight at 9am. The flight from LAX to Kauai was about 5hrs (not bad at all) After landing we had a delicious big appetizer  feast. Later when everyone was settled in, we explored a bit outside our place where we are staying at (National Tropical Botanical Gardens). Here […]

Day 6: Relax mode

Today was our day off (well I should say catch up and reading day) I was able to get up late today at around 10am and did some readings for my research. I also downloaded images and started to play around with it. Today was a very relaxing day where I was able to rest […]

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