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Stories in the Stone: Archaeology in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

May 18, 2020

Malia Evans, NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawai’i

Take a journey to the most isolated archipelago in the world to learn how ancestral Hawaiians shared ecological and cultural observations and knowledge across time and space. This presentation and hands-on activity will explore the stones of this storied landscape, and the oral traditions and relationships contemporary Hawaiians maintain to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Weʻll conclude by designing kiʻi pōhaku (petroglyphs) that represent you, your family, or your community. (Grades 2-6 but all ages will enjoy)

Resources to access at home:

» Native Hawaiian Cultural Heritage in the Monument
» Learn about the special name given to this unique place – You can even listen to an audio file of the pronunciation and practice at home.
» Read about Maliaʻs journey to Papahānaumokuākea in July 2019
» Kids activities and marine archaeology info – Find activity books and a shipwreck gameshow on this website.
» Downloadable Map of Papahānaumokuākea
» Learn more about Polynesian Navigation
» Visit this page for directions on how to submit a photo of your kiʻi pōhaku (petroglyphs) as well as see all the photos we received.
» Videos Malia showed during her webinar: History of Hokulea (~10 minutes), USGS Kilauea Volcano Helicopter Overflight July 21, 2018 (~1 minute), and Nihoa Island (~8 seconds)
» Papahānaumokuākea song and coloring book by Patrick Ching
» NOAA Ocean Today Adventures of a Maritime Archaeologist Videos: There are 7 short videos- What is maritime archaeology, explore with us, sanctuaries, and more.