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Hawai‘i Archaeological Research Project

The satellite image above shows the natural transition from the lush, green forests of the island’s windward side (right) and the crest of the Kohala Mountains (center) to the dry, desert-like, leeward side (left) . 

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North Kohala, Hawai‘i Island


The district of North Kohala is situated on the northernmost point of the ‘Big Island’ of Hawai‘i. It is a remarkable for its environmental diversity, history, and beauty.


These photos show in-tact portions of the archaeological landscapes of the leeward (upper left, lower left) and windward (right) regions. By documenting and investigating these features we can learn more about Native Hawaiian history during the period before European contact as well as the rise to power of Kohala’s most famous resident: King Kamehameha I.