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Yosihiko Sinoto

With hybrid hibiscus named after him, the Sir Yosihiko Sinoto.”

Yosihiko H. Sinoto, D.Sc.
Senior Anthropologist
Kenneth Pike Emory Distinguished Chair in Anthropology

phone:  808-848-4122
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•  D.Sc., Archaeology, University of Hokkaido, Japan.
•  B.A., Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu.

Research Interests

•  Seeking the ancestors of the Hawaiians; where they came from, how they got here, and when.
•  Typological sequence of Polynesian Archaeological material culture, such as fishhook studies.
•  The study of Japanese Neolithic culture of the Jomon Period in central Honshu.

Field Work and Museum Studies

•  Numerous archaeological field work in Hawaii, Society, Austral, Marquesas, Tuamotu, Mangareva, Pitcairn, Henderson, Samoa and Vanuatu Islands.
•  Study and restoration of marae (religious structures) in Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Bora Bora, with a particular focus on establishing cultural and environmental preservation of the District of Maeva on Huahine Island during the last 40 years.

Professional Experience

•  Kenneth Pike Emory Distinguished Chair in Anthropology and Senior Anthropologist,
Dept. of Anthropology, Bishop Museum (1990­-present).
•  Chairman and Anthropologist, Department of Anthropology, Bishop Museum (1970-1989).
•  Anthropologist, Bishop Museum, Hawaii (1962-1969).
•  Fellow in Anthropology, Bishop Museum (1958-1961).
•  Junior Archaeologist, Archaeological Institute of Japan (1949-1954)

Selected Articles

2001       “Questions de Restauration: le Cas de Marae des Îles de la Société.” Bulletin de la Société des Etudes Oceaniennes, No. 289/290/291, pp. 5-37.

2000       “A case study of marae restoration in the Society Islands.” Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific, pp. 253-265.

2000       “Beyond the horizon: why Polynesians dispersed in the eastern Pacific” (in Japanese). Essay, The Journal of the Audubon Society, June 2000.

1996       “Tracing Human Movement in East Polynesia: A Discussion of selected diagnostic artifact types.” In Memoire de Pierre, Memoire d’ Homme Tradition et archaeologie et Oceanie, pp. 131-152, Publications de la Sorbonne, Paris.

1984       “Caroline Islands Archaeology: Investigations on Fefan, Faraulep, Woleai. and Lamotrek.” Y.H. Sinoto, ed. Pacific Anthropological Records, No. 35, Dept. of Anthropology, B.P. Bishop Museum.

1979       “The Marquesas.” In The Prehistory of Polynesia, ed. J.D. Jennings. Boston: Harvard Univ. Press, pp. 110-134.

1978       “Preliminary Report of Archaeological Survey on Reao Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia.” In A Study of the Polynesian Migration to the Eastern Tuamotus. The University of Kanazawa, Japan, pp. 102-179.

1969       “Fishhook Typology and Its Significance for Establishing Prehistoric Cultural Sequences in Oceania.” Papers of the VIIIth International Congress for Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1968, Tokyo.

1964       “Eastern Polynesian Burials at Maupiti” (with K.P. Emory). Journal of the Polynesian Society, Vol. 73, No. 2.

1959       Hawaiian Archaeology: Fishhooks (with K.P. Emory and W.J. Bonk). Bishop Museum Special Publication 47.

Selected Monographs and Books

1994       Archaeology in Paradise (Rakuen Kookogaku) with Hiroshi Aramata (in Japanese), pp. 282. Heibonsha, Tokyo, Japan.

1952       “The Shell-mound of Ubayama” with Gerald Groot (in English and Japanese), pp. 140. The Archaeological Institute of Japan.

1951       Dictionary of Archaeology (Kookogaku Jiten) with N. Sakazume and N. Hirai (in Japanese), pp. 360. Kaizosha, Tokyo, Japan.


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