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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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Where the Stories Lead

Where the Stories Lead

(p.134) Chapter Six Where the Stories Lead
Kuleana and Commitment

Kathleen L. Kawelu

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. The narratives of Kanaka Maoli and archaeologists presented in this book reveal the values and perspectives of these communities. These collective stories contain repeated calls for communication, respect, and partnership. They also express a desire for a change in the way Hawaiian archaeology is practiced and in the larger heritage management field. The next step in Hawaiian archaeology is community-based archaeology, which incorporates the themes voiced in the narratives presented in this book. Community-based archaeology begins with a mind-set situating archaeologists among communities of descendants and other stakeholders who value heritage. Community archaeology projects share five core principles: (1) using community-based partnerships; (2) collaborating with communities in all phases of research; (3) recognizing multiple knowledge systems; (4) fostering reciprocal benefits for partners; and (5) building community capacity.

Keywords:   Hawaiian archaeology, archaeologists, Native Hawaiians, Kanaka Maoli, community-based archaeology

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