We’re excited! On April 13, archaeologists from Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i (CSH), under contract with the County of Maui, began opening portions of the Moku‘ula restoration site at the corner of Shaw and Front Streets in Lahaina. Interesting features from the sacred island of Moku‘ula and surrounding Mokuhinia pond have emerged …

In the parking lot trench, sediment reveals what may be the southern edge of the island (dark area in top photo). At the back stop area in the former baseball field, a cement curb was uncovered, which was most likely installed for the Lahainaluna High School track and field events in the mid-20th century. Other trenches have yielded large pohaku (rocks) and of course, freshwater from the covered loko (pond).

On April 20 and 21, the archaeologists located part of the pier that connected to Waine‘e (Waiola) Church and uncovered the south wall of Moku‘ula island! You can see a wooden board at bottom left and a sand-covered pohaku at bottom right. Trench excavation continues in the parking lot …

Archaeology trench in Mokuula parking lot

Uncovered curb and freshwater at Mokuula site

Cultural Surveys Hawaii archaeologist locates wooden pier at Moku'ula

Cultural Surveys Hawaii archaeologists find south edge of wall at Moku'ula

If you’d like to help us on this journey, we’re seeking volunteers to assist the CSH archaeologists with digging and sifting so they can concentrate on site features. Work continues Monday-Friday; 3-hour volunteer shifts are available from 8 to 11am and between 12 and 3 pm. To sign-up, please call the Friends of Moku‘ula office at 808-661-3659 or click the blue Volunteer button at right, fill-out the online form and submit it. A hui hou!