Featured Alumni in Applied Archaeology

Rosanna Mari Runyon Thurman is a professional archaeologist in Hawai‘i and received her Master’s degree through the UH-Mānoa Applied Archaeology Program in the Spring of 2014. Originally Rosanna is from Missouri, where she grew up on a farm and played every sport available. Rosanna is an avid traveler and sailor. She has crewed a sailboat in the Vic-Maui yacht race twice (2000, 2002) and sailed through the Central and South Pacific. During her undergraduate career at University of Missouri-St. Louis she also attended the Pierre Laclede Honors College and was a student teacher for the Center for Human Origins and Cultural Diversity (CHOCD) program (2000-2004). She then worked as an archaeologist for the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Project (ITARP) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) (2005, 2006). When Rosanna and her husband, Douglas Thurman, moved to Hawai‘i they began their careers here at a local CRM firm Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i (2007-2013). She led CRM projects on O‘ahu, Kauai, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i Island. A large portion of her work focused on downtown O‘ahu, including locations such as the Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki, Moana Hotel, Princess Ka‘iulani Hotel, and Waihonua at Kewalo in Kaka‘ako. Rosanna also was an assistant supervisor for the Moku‘ula Fieldschool on Maui during summer months (2010, 2011).

Rosanna with her MA committee and friends (from left, J. Bayman, D. McGregor, P. Aiu, R. Thurman, L. McGregor, R. Alegado, and C. Kong).

Rosanna Thurman joined UH-Mānoa in 2012. During her graduate career she ran a two year project on the northeast shore of O‘ahu. The Maunawila Heiau project consisted of surface survey of a 9-acre parcel of undeveloped land, documentation of select sites, and vegetation removal, mapping, and limited excavation within a Hawaiian temple (heiau). The project included active participation with the community and leading of educational tours and vegetation clearing events. Rosanna dedicated well over 500 hours to the project including heading more than twenty community and student group events. Excavations at the temple found Hawaiian use of the area from AD 1200, with the first temple construction documented during testing dating to AD 1500. The project was so well received that several grant projects have followed. Rosanna received funds from an Ocean and Watershed Fellowship Grant ($6000) to continue documenting sites on the Maunawila Heiau property as well as other cultural sites within the Ko‘olauloa District of O‘ahu. She also received Malama Ko‘olauloa grant funds ($2500) to prepare a Preservation Plan for the Maunawila Heiau property with the assistance of the local community. Rosanna has also volunteered at the Bishop Museum Archaeology Lab since 2013 where she works on re-housing, cataloguing, and analyzing materials from South Point (H1) and Waiahukini Rock Shelter (H8) sites on the Big Island. Rosanna plans to continue her career in Hawaiian and Pacific archaeology.

Kamakana C. Ferreira was born and raised on the island of O’ahu. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama, in 2000 he first attended Honolulu Community College. After three years, he received an A.S in Aviation Technology and went on to obtain his Federal Airframe and Powerplant licenses. Kamakana then worked as an aircraft mechanic for 7 years at Corporate Air doing contract work for FedEx and the United States Post Office. Having always had an affinity for history and Hawaii’s cultural resources, in 2007, Kamakana decided to return to school to pursue a degree in Anthropology with a focus on Pacific archaeology. Within 3 years, Kamakana obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a minor in geography. In his final year of undergraduate work, he left his position at Corporate Air for a summer internship position with Actus Lend Lease. This task involved assisting project engineers at Actus with the restoration of historic homes on Hickam Air Force Base.

Prior to starting graduate school, Kamakana began an internship with the cultural resources division of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific (NAVFAC). At this job, Kamakana aided the historic architect with the development of the NAVFAC Pacific’s “Historic Asset Management Plan” (HAMP). In the summer of 2011, Kamakana travelled to Southeast China with his graduate advisor, Barry Rolett, on a lab study to analyze faunal remains from various museums. Primarily, the study was designed to ascertain isotope samples to aid in Rolett’s research about Austronesian origins. As an undergraduate, Kamakana started working on the analysis of faunal remains from Hanamiai Dune (Marquesas Islands) under the direction of Rolett. This work spawned the foundations for Kamakana’s main graduate research about native cultural persistence in the Marquesas during the European contact era. Kamakana’s work on the Hanamiai assemblage continued until his final year of graduate school. Currently, he is working on publishing some of his research and collaborating further with Professor Rolett on other projects in the Marquesas.

Aside from his Hanamiai studies and faunal work, Kamakana gained an interest in the political dimensions of archaeology; thus, he geared his graduate studies towards understanding Hawaiian archaeology and historic legislation laws. After completing his first semester of graduate school in Fall 2011 and the internship term at NAVFAC Pacific, he began working for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) as an intern for the Hālawa-Luluku Interpretive Development (HLID) program. The HLID program was developed to mitigate the impacts of Interstate H-3 on Native Hawaiian cultural resources. Through this program, Kamakana has aided with the interpretation of various archaeological reports and helped pen HLID’s culturally grounded Pre-Design and Development Document (Pre-DD) for establishing a Native Hawaiian informed strategy for mitigating adverse effects to cultural resources. During the Fall semester of 2012, Kamakana also interned at the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) office to gain insight on the historic review process.

Finding merits in an “indigenous archaeology” approach, Kamakana also attended the archaeological North Shore Field School at KūpopoloHeiau during his final semester of graduate school. The field school was one of very few in Hawaii that are designed to initiate dialogue between archaeologists, students, and the local community. Most importantly, was its development of techniques to practice archaeology in a culturally responsible manner and to use archaeology to better serve the Native Hawaiian community. Having completed the field school, required course work, and graduate research, Kamakana graduated with his MA in Applied Archaeology in May 2013. Immediately following graduation, Kamakana began working full-time at OHA as the Project Planner for the HLID program. The job builds upon work he completed as an intern and it continues to work towards developing a Preservation Plan for rehabilitating archaeological sites in Hālawa, Luluku, and Ha’iku Valley. In his spare time, Kamakana can also be found playing music around townas the guitarist for Infrared Rabbit.

Tran Thi Kim Quy (or “Quy: to us) is from Long An Province, Vietnam and received her Masters degree in Applied Archaeology in December 2012. Quy’s background lies in prehistoric archaeology: she graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) in 2002 and joined the Long An Provincial Museum in 2004. The 63 provincial museums across Vietnam employ archaeologists and curators who are responsible for conducting archaeological and cultural field-based research, curating and exhibiting materials from that fieldwork in the museum. The Long An Museum is a major curation facility for archaeological collections from this area of southern Vietnam whose northwestern portion includes the edge of the Mekong delta. Quy’s duties include participation in archaeological fieldwork (surveys and excavations), conducting preliminary lab analyses, curating archaeological collections, completing site nominations, designing and constructing museum exhibits on the region’s archaeology, and participating in allied social science research. The Vietnamese government envisions provincial museums as places of learning and education for students about their local cultural and historical heritages, and also as collections repositories for archaeological materials from each province. Quy’s province is particularly well-known for both its Neolithic period (the An Son site {excavated by the Long An Provincial Museum and the Australian National University between 1978-2009; Bellwood et al. 2013) and its “Oc Eo Culture” sites from the first millennium CE.

Quy joined the UHM Anthropology Applied Archaeology MA program in August 2010 through a Ford Foundation International Fellowship. Through her MA studies, she pursued training in archaeological research design and heritage management, two topics that are not taught through the academic system in Vietnam, and that will be critical knowledge areas as southern Vietnam continues its rapid pace of economic development. For her Applied MA project, Quy developed an archaeological overview and assessment of Long An Province, which is a broad background study of the area. The goal of an archaeological overview and assessment (AOA) is to estimate the potential for archaeological sites within a region, and to make recommendations for further work where necessary. These AOA documents are routinely produced and consulted in federal, state, and tribal archaeology programs across the United States and Canada. Quy’s AOA for Long An Province represents the first such document produced in Vietnamese archaeology, and she hopes it will serve as a model for future archaeological resource management in her country.

You can learn about her work here; her MA paper in its entirety is accessible here. Since her graduation from UHM in December 2012, Quy has returned to her curatorial position at the Long An Provincial Museum.

Ly Thi Thanh Ha (or “Ha” to us) is from Tuyên Quang Province, Vietnam and received her master’s degree in Applied Archaeology in December 2012. Ha’s background lies in ethnology; she graduated from the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities in June 1999, and was hired at the Tuyên Quang Provincial Museum in December 1999.

Ha’s responsibilities at the museum include surveying and studying tangible and intangible heritage for ethnic groups in Tuyên Quang province and developing public education programs. The 63 provincial museums across Vietnam employ archaeologists and curators who are responsible for conducting archaeological and cultural field-based research, curating and exhibiting materials from that fieldwork in the museum. The Tuyên Quang museum recently completed its long-awaited renovations that include an extensive set of exhibits to complement its substantial collection; both exhibits and the collection include materials from the Pleistocene to the mid-20th century, and the Vietnamese government envisions provincial museums as places of learning and education for students about their local cultural and historical heritages.

Ha joined the UHM Anthropology Applied Archaeology MA program in August 2010 to pursue training in outreach and public education in archaeology, two topics that are not taught through the academic system in Vietnam, and that will be essential additions to the newly-refurbished museum where she works. For her Applied MA project, she developed a public education program research design (and curricula) for her Tuyên Quang Museum that focuses on school-aged children and emphasizes community collaboration. You can learn about her work here; her MA paper in its entirety is accessible here. Since her graduation from UHM in December 2012, Ha has returned to her curatorial position at the Tuyên Quang Provincial Museum.

Trever Duarte is a professional CRM archaeologist at International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII) and he received his Master’s degree in Applied Archaeology at UH-Manoa in 2012. Trever participated in the UH Manoa and National Tropical Botanical Gardens Kaua’i archaeological field school; first as an undergraduate student during the inaugural season of 2008, and then as a Teaching Assistant in 2010. Trever’s interests in Hawaiian Archaeology stem from his cultural and historical connection to the islands where his interaction with the plants of Hawaii include tool-making, kapa and cordage production, and the preparation and consumption of traditional medicines. His participation in these cultural practices directed his scholarly attention to the vital importance in Pacific archaeology of identifying wood and charcoal in archaeological assemblages. Trever integrated his cultural and archaeological interests when he was a graduate student in Applied Archaeology: he undertook a comprehensive analysis of more than 900 radiocarbon dates to construct a scientific model of the early settlement of Maui.

During the course of his employment at IARII over the past several years, Trever has participated in a variety of archaeological projects ranging from reconnaissance survey work in Maili, (O’ahu) feature mapping on the leeward slopes of Haleakala (Maui), to excavations on the Hau`ula coast. Trever plans to continue his professional career in Hawaii CRM and he is currently undergoing advanced training with the premier wood and charcoal specialist of the Pacific, Gail Murakami. The technical skills and theoretical insights that Trever acquired through the Applied Archaeology program at UH-Manoa strengthened his ability to undertake archaeological investigations with his colleagues at IARII.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Archaeology Field Crew, photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Summer Roper is an Archaeologist for the National Park Service and graduated from the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa Applied Archaeology Master’s Degree program in August of 2011. In conjunction to the Master’s Degree she also earned a Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate from the American Studies Department at UH in May of 2010. Her area of focus is Hawaiian Archaeology, and she completed her Master’s Paper on the archaeology of traditional Hawaiian salt extraction entitled: Pa‛akai: The Kaena Point Salt Drying Area: An Archaeological Perspective on the Traditional and Post-contact Hawaiian Salt Economy.

In addition to her graduate studies, Summer has also been employed at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawai‛I in the Cultural Resource Management Division since 2003. She acquired this job after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in December of 2002. Her work for the Park Service entails assisting in the research, management and preservation of the abundance of cultural resources and archaeological sites found within the Park’s boundary on the sacred mountains of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. After many years of gaining practical experience working for the Park, the Applied Archaeology Graduate Program was a perfect fit to enable her to further her studies and increase her contribution to the Cultural Resource Management program of the Park Service. The classroom knowledge gained during her graduate studies coupled with her practical experience helped her develop and expand the skills needed to assist in effectively managing and protecting all of the irreplaceable cultural resources that are entrusted to the National Park.

Summer’s career has also taken her to do archaeological work in numerous places including: the National Park of American Samoa, the War in the Pacific National Park in Guam, Kalaupapa National Monument in Moloka’i, Pu’ukohola National Historic Site, Pu‛uhonua O Hōnauna National Historical Park, and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park on the Island of Hawai‛i. After graduation, she plans to continue her work for the Park Service, assisting in the protection and preservation of the unique cultural resources found there to help ensure that they will be there for the future generations.

Malia and her five children; Namahana, Kaleolani, Kawena, Micah and Melehila'i

Malia Kapuaonālani Evans was born in Hilo, Hawai’i and raised both in Hilo and at Kailua, Oahu. Malia is a non-traditional student and a single parent of five children. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from UH Manoa in 2007 and completed an M.A. degree, focused on Applied Archaeology and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation in May 2011. One of Malia’s favorite ‘ōlelo no‘eau (Hawaiian proverbs) states, “I ulu no ka lālā i ke kumu. The branches grow because of the trunk”. This ‘ōlelo no‘eau refers to ones ancestors as the foundation (trunk) of life who provide their descendants (branches) a strong and meaningful connection to place and identity.

Malia’s family mo’okū‘auhau (genealogy) extend across ka pae ‘āina o Hawai’i (the archipelago of Hawai’i) and Ireland and includes several ancestors (Samuel Kalama, Jonathan Nakila, Solomon Hanohano) who extensively documented the ‘āina and preserved Hawaiian oral history, cultural traditions and practices during and after the transformative Mahele period, from the mid to late 1800’s. Their seminal work;  through Hawaiian Kingdom land surveys, government service, research and the publication of the Hawaiian language newspaper; Nupepa Ku’o Ko’a, contributed to the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge of people, places and events.  Malia is honored to continue her family kuleana (responsibility, privilege) to assist in the identification, documentation and preservation of Hawaiian cultural landscapes, seascapes and customary practices for the benefit of future generations.

Malia focused her graduate research on a community based project that provides descendant communities a central role in the recovery and reconstruction of their history, thus advancing community interest and empowerment. The collaborative project she initiated was framed by development pressures on a significant cultural land and seascape in her community. Malia applied her graduate training to organize community support to advocate for and protect Kapukapuakea, a place of great significance to Hawaiians and the broader Polynesian community, from development. Her three pronged research project includes a comprehensive ethno-historical inventory of traditional land use activities on the property; utilizing Hawaiian mo’olelo (oral traditions), archival documents, archaeological data and linguistics. The second phase of research is a proposal to develop community generated, culturally appropriate management strategies for Kapukapuakea. The proposal incorporates an ethnographic interview project with community kūpuna and cultural practitioners conducted by Waialua students to identify and document contemporary Hawaiian practices. Besides learning oral history techniques, the students will be taught to identify and document archaeological, botanical and natural resources on the project site that will be inputted into a community accessed database. The final component of Malia’s research project is the completion of a National Register nomination for Kapukapuakea, affording another level of protection for this significant cultural property.

During her time in graduate school, Malia continued her monthly commitment to volunteer with UH Manoa’s Kua’ana Student Services and associated community organizations in their efforts to restore, maintain and preserve Hawaiian cultural landscapes across the island of Oahu. The work sites included loko i‘a (fishponds) along the coastline and lo‘i kalo (taro ponds), dry-land agricultural fields and heiau complexes in the kula and mauka regions.  Malia’s engagement with learning continued outside the university walls as she sought instruction in Hawaiian carving, weapons making and traditional stone and house construction under Kahu Helemano of Ka ‘Aha Hui Na‘auao. Malia considers both native and western approaches to the acquisition and sharing of knowledge as equally significant facets in her growth as a scholar and cultural practitioner.

Malia participated in an intensive Historic Preservation Field School at the Volcano National Park. She has worked as an archaeologist at the Kahuku Military Training Area and participated in numerous archaeological inventory surveys on Oahu, including the Oahu Rail Transit Project. Malia has conducted ethno-historical research and oral history interviews in Hawai’i for over 12 years, including three years writing for a local community paper about Hawaiian cultural landscapes and history. She is a founding member of Na Lei Nani O Waialua, a community based non-profit committed to nurturing children and families through the practice of Hawaiian traditions, and has served in numerous capacities, including President and Cultural Historian, since 1997.

She is a certified producer, director and camera operator with ‘Ōlelo Community Media and has produced, filmed and edited several documentaries on Hawaiian wahi pana (storied places). Malia is presently working on an oral history project with the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s Rare Plant Program. The project includes ethnographic research, interviewing, filming and producing a series of documentary films on the Hawaiian conservation movement, focusing on botanical experts helping to protect endangered and threatened native Hawaiian flora. In this capacity, Malia has continued her family kuleana to document and protect not only the cultural features and traditions of the 'aina, but also the plant species and ecosystems which sustain human life.

Tanya Malia Souza, Manager, Queen Lili῾uokalani Trust

Tanya Souza was born and raised in South Kona on the island of Hawai'i. In May of 2010, Tanya received a Master's of Arts degree in Anthropology—with a specialization in applied archaeology—from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. As a part of her graduate training, Tanya conducted a critical analysis of current methods of recording ki’i pōhaku (stone images) in Hawai’i, so that their documentation and stewardship by CRM archaeologists and others in the local community can be improved. Tanya is also a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo where she received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Anthropology, specializing in Hawaiian Archaeology.

Since the completion of her MA degree, Tanya was recruited and is currently employed as an endowment manager for the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust. Her duties are centered on the Keahuolū Interpretive Center and Historic Preserve Area (based in Kona) and the day-to-day management of the Trusts' Kona properties and rich cultural resources. Prior to her recruitment by the Trust, Tanya was employed as an archaeologist with Pacific Legacy, Inc., a private archaeological firm in Hawai’i. She has worked on various archaeological projects on Hawai’i, Maui, and Rapa Nui, Chile. Her particular archaeological interests include ki’i pōhaku studies, lithic analysis, and adze geochemical characterization.

During her time in graduate school, Tanya founded the Hawai’i Junior Archaeology Outreach Program and she has conducted archaeological activities and presentations for Native Hawaiian grade school students around O'ahu Island. This program was the outcome of a partnership between the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) at UH-Mānoa and the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology. School visits conducted by Tanya include Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao Public Charter School in Nānākuli, Kamehameha Preschool in Wai’anae, Waimānalo Elementary and Intermediate School, and Rainbow Preschool in Wahiawa. Tanya is tireless in her efforts to educate keiki within the Hawai’i public and charter school systems about archaeology, and she currently co-chairs the Education Committee of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology. Tanya and her colleagues are working to develop a culturally-informed curriculum so that native Hawaiian children and kama’āina can learn about archaeology and appreciate their cultural heritage in new ways.

Kelley Lehuakeaopuna Uyeoka is from Kailua, O‘ahu but now resides in Hakalau, Hawai‘i Island with her ‘ohana. In 2009 she received her Masters in Applied Archaeology and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from UH Mānoa. Since graduate school Kelley has started her own CRM firm, Kumupa‘a Cultural Resource Consultants, LLC where she specializes in Ethnohistorical Studies and holistic cultural resource management projects. Kelley is also the Senior Coordinator of the Wahi Kūpuna Internship Program in partnership with Kamehameha Schools, that mentors the next generation of Native Hawaiian and kama‘āina archaeologists so that they can mālama Hawai‘i’s resources in culturally-appropriate ways. Kelley also serves as the Education Chair for the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and the Executive Director for Huliauapa‘a, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian knowledge and perspectives into all aspects of stewarding Hawai‘i’s cultural resources.