Research Location – Kauai
Our field research will be conducted on the island of Oahu in valleys of the spectacular Kualoa Ranch. Situated on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, the research area is nestled in the picturesque and historical Kaʻaʻawa Valley. This area was sacred to ancient Oahuans from the 13th to the 18th century, as it was where Laʻa-mai-kahiki settled after visiting Kauaʻi and before returning to Tahiti. It was also the site of the sacred drums of Kapahuula and Kaahu-ulapunawai as well as the sacred Hill of Kauakahi-a-Kahoʻowaha, the key to the sovereignty of theKingdom of Oahu.