|Groundbreaking ceremony for the Kau Hale O Hana. Pictured from left are Francis Sinenci, HCC President Robert Carroll, Fr. Joe Carroll, Clyde Kahula Jur and HCC Treasurer Coila Eade|
Facing makai will be interpretations of traditional marine resource use, the center panels will feature local stories, and the mauka facing panels describing land resource use. This complex more than doubles the present facility space of our museum, gift store, archive annex and old historical courthouse and jail.
The archaeological survey was conducted by a team from Cultural Resources, a premier organization which specializes in the assessment of Hawaiian antiquities. Anthropologist and former HCC trustee Maria Orr and her volunteers joined Dr. Hal Hammatt and Wm. (Billy) Folk of Cultural Resources to conduct the meticulous excavations and uncovered new historical treasures for Hale Wai Wai O Hana, our Hana House of Treasures.
The Board of Trustees has retained Francis Sinenci a Hana native and resident of Oahu as the Kuhi Kuhipu'uone (Project Manager) for the complex, who, with trustee Coila Eade have researched, refined and finalized the preliminary plans submitted by the anthropology Department of the Bishop Museum. Coila has made many trips to the zoning agencies of the County of Maui to secure the final approval for this exemplary historical display.
|Francis Sinenci securing ironwood poles for seasoning on the ocean.|
A call has gone out to the community for dried Ti leaves for thatching and he is gathering indigenous plants for the Hawaiian gardens appropriate for a living compound. Other elements of phase one include building a stone retaining wall to stabilize the ground slope and to build stone platforms and foundations which will support the structures.
Francis has also conducted presentations of the project to the students and advisors of Hana High School Hawaiian Studies Class and Pacific Studies Class and all have shown tremendous interest in participating. He has challenged the students to research early Hawaiian lifestyles to add a local Hana flavor to the professional research conducted by the Bishop Museum. Sinenci expects to use small teams of students who show dedication and committment as apprentices to work with him in the construction phase.
|Maria Orr and Judy Kinser conducting a test dig on the Kau Hale site|
|Francis Sinenci stripping bark from the support poles|
Below is a budget recently printed in the Hawaiian Historical Society newsletter showing a budget for a single grass house in Honolulu in 1840...
|Hiring a thatcher||5.50|
|Rental of a well||4.00|
|Rocks and dirt||15.00|
Source: Native Testimony, 2:245, Nalaehima testifying for claimant Simeona Kou, who gave Nalaehima money "for arranging living and buying." Land Commission Award Book 1, p.335, L.C.A. 57.
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