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Kuleana and CommitmentWorking toward a Collaborative Hawaiian Archaeology$
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Kathleen L. Kawelu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846800

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846800.001.0001

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Tensions in Hawaiian Archaeology

Tensions in Hawaiian Archaeology

(p.42) Chapter Two Tensions in Hawaiian Archaeology
Kuleana and Commitment

Kathleen L. Kawelu

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses seven cases that primarily represent negative interactions between archaeologists and Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), the flash points from which subsequent interactions have flowed. The attitudes of the people interviewed are largely shaped by this handful of events, repeatedly mentioned in conversations, and therefore are presented here as background to their statements and opinions discussed later in the book. The cases cluster around the more developed islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii. In all cases, archaeologists and Kanaka Maoli found themselves on opposing sides, but it was never so clear-cut, because in several cases archaeologists and Kanaka Maoli were pitted against themselves and sometimes they partnered with each other as well. A clear pattern linking these cases is not apparent, but economic development is often at the center of the controversy, whether it was prompted by public or private actions.

Keywords:   Hawaiian archaeology, archaeologists, Native Hawaiians, Kanaka Maoli, economic development

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