Traditions of the Pacific lecture series

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Traditions of the Pacific is an ongoing educational program that explores the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific through dynamic lectures, workshops, fieldtrips, and films.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and Bishop Museum members receive special postcard mailings and free/discounted tuition for these events. Not a member? Join our membership ‘ohana today!

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Pat Kirch lecture - May 2


The Land of La'amaikahiki: Ancient Hawaiian Life in the Kua'āina of Kahikinui, Maui

Pat Kirchwith Patrick V. Kirch

Friday, May 2, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Hawaiian Hall
Tuition: $10 General Admission; FREE for Museum Members

Kahikinui, on the southeastern slopes of Maui's Haleakalā, remains one of the last places in the Hawaiian Islands where the landscape of an entire moku is preserved intact. Based on seventeen years of archaeological field research, Prof. Patrick Kirch tells the story of this 'āina malo'o, part of the greatest continuous zone of dryland planting in the archipelago. Based on his studies of thousands of house sites, heiau, and other vestiges of ancient life, Kirch traces the history of Kahikinui from the first arrival of Polynesians in the eleventh century A.D. to the final abandonment of the land at the end of the nineteenth century.

Patrick V. Kirch is the Class of 1954 Professor of Anthropology and Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Born and raised in Hawai'i, and educated at Punahou and Yale, Kirch was a staff member of Bishop Museum from 1974 to 1984. He is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences.

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