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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 22, 2010

Learn about daily life on ancient Kauai at free event

Advertiser Staff

In the early 1900s, Bishop Museum acquired a hale pili from the remote area of Miloli‘i Valley on Kaua‘i’s Na Pali Coast.

The hale itself has been recently restored and rests in Hawaiian Hall.

Dr. Jennifer Kahn, an archaeologist at Bishop Museum has worked on a collaborative archaeological research project at Miloli‘i Valley focused on the site where the hale pili once stood.

Dr. Kahn and Alan Carpenter of Hawai‘i State Parks will present results of their findings and a photographic documentary, " Daily Life in Ancient Kaua‘i: Archaeological Investigations at Miloli`i Valley," from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kekaha Neighborhood Center, Kekaha, Kaua‘i

The hale pili site excavations yielded rich and diverse evidence for ancient domestic activities.

From these findings, Dr. Kahn and Carpenter will tell a story of the past life ways of Miloli‘i residents.

“To uncover moments in the past so vividly was special and taught me once again the importance of archaeological work for understanding how people lived,” said Dr. Kahn.

This project is a joint effort between Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i State Parks, Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana, and photographer Tim DelaVega.

Research was generously funded by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and the Elsie H. Wilcox Foundation.

The event is free and hosted by Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana.

For information, please call Victoria Wichman at 808-635-5087.