Hawai‘i Archaeological Research Project

           HARP is a collaborative archaeological research program that centers on the traditional district of North Kohala, Hawai‘i Island. Since 1995, the project’s principle investigators, Michael Graves (UNM) and Thegn Ladefoged (UA), have worked with students, professionals, and the local community to promote the project’s two main goals: conducting integrative RESEARCH that uses spatial technology to link archaeological, environmental, and historical data; and creating TRAINING opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in field, laboratory, and archival research.

           Currently, grants from the National Science Foundation support archaeological field work in both the windward and leeward halves of district. This research benefits from collaboration with leading Pacific Island archaeologists from several universities: Patrick Kirch (UCB), Mark McCoy (SJSU), and Julie Field (OSU).

           To learn more about HARP, please visit our RESEARCH, PEOPLE and STUDY AREA web pages which list reports and publications, current collaborators and students, and describes the history of the project.


Summer 2009 Archaeological Field School, North Kohala, Hawai'i Island


University of New Mexico




San Jose State University



Dates: 6/15 — 7/15/09

Location: Kapaau, Hawaii


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We are now taking applications for our 2009 summer archaeological field school

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Hawai‘i Archaeological Research Project (HARP)



GIS map of individual community territories (ahupua‘a) within North Kohala District. Permanent streams (blue) are found on eastern, or windward, half of the district which faces the dominate Pacific tradewinds while intermittent drainages (yellow) are found on the leeward half of the district. Our research  examines how the natural ecological diversity of this area influenced the history of Hawaiian society during the centuries before contact with Europeans.

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