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Day 18: 60 BPM

I spent the day in the lab processing data.  After many hours spent struggling to georeference the historical maps in Erdas, I finally came up with a system that worked.  I was able to georeference 7 maps/images to the recent World View data.  When I go back to the lab again, I can create orthophotos […]

Day 17: Hawaiian Triangle

After acquiring the prehistoric maps from yesterday’s museum trip, I started to process the data this morning.  By using the Erdas program, I can align the scanned maps to a remotely sensed base image that is already properly projected.  I spent most of the morning learning how to use the program, with Lawrence and Paul’s […]

Day 16: Maps!

Dreams really do come true!  Mike and Burney took me and Sam to the Grove Farm Museum: a museum with tons of Hawaiian maps (and a billion cats roaming around)!  And if you don’t know by now, I LOVE MAPS.
We needed to digitize a few maps of Koloa and surrounding areas for our projects.  We […]

Day 15: Productivity at it’s Best!

Dr. Wechsler and Dr. Lipo joined Team Archaeology for a team meeting at the house this morning.  We spoke about all of our research interests and what questions we can answer for the remaining duration of the REU.  My project is going to focus on what we can learn about Kauai’s landscape from past and […]

Day 14: Ouch.

In yesterday’s post I talked about how my mom told me Waimea Canyon was “the thing” to see in Kauai.  I’m going to go ahead and just throw it out there, that the trip to Nualolo Kai topped the canyon and most anything else you can think of.  We woke up at 4:45am to catch […]

Day 13: Shoobies

Ahh, a day to be a tourist, or as those Rocket Power fans would say, a shoobie!
Pretty much every day before I left for Long Beach, my mom would call me and say, “If there’s only one thing you do while you’re in Kauai, go to Waimea Canyon.”  Well today, her wish came true.  The […]

Day 12: The Quarry

Burney lead Team Archaeology through the quarry located just beyond the cave and agricultural fields.  The quarry is a beautiful area that houses many endangered and invasive species.  There were numerous rock piles reminiscent of other heiaus, as well as blockaded caves that supposedly guard possible grave sites and other archaeological areas.  There were tons of different kinds […]

Day 11: Why did the chicken cross the road?

If you want to know the answer to this question, I guess you’re just gonna have to read on!
Today was our first “lab” day in Kauai (it was the first day that no one jumped in the shower when we got home!).  All groups traveled to the research center for a cool and relaxed day […]

Day 10: If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research

Today, the agriculture group (with the help of the vegetation group) began tackling the heiau project.  We flew both the remote controlled plane and the kite to obtain some aerial imagery.  John, Sam and I tried to obtain our own images by taking photos from a small camera on the top of a huge pole. […]

Day 9: Kauai’s Past

David Burney began our day with a tour of the Makauwahi Cave.  He lead us through a small opening at the north end of the cave that spread out to a large sinkhole only a few meters off the beach.  The other end of the sinkhole opened into a large cave with many different passages […]

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