Kualoa Field School provides a unique opportunity to study ancient Hawaiian history and culture at one of the most significant locations on Oʻahu. Kualoa was once home to ancient political and religious leaders who exerted influence throughout the islands. Previous archaeological investigation has revealed evidence of fishing activities, wood working, and food preparation as well as thousands of worked stone artifacts representative of tool manufacturing. In the course of four weeks, students will participate in intensive archaeological field work while learning about the Hawaiian Islands and Polynesia through lectures and field trips.
Kualoa Ranch is a working cattle ranch located on the east side of Oʻahu Island. Six hundred twenty-two acres of Kualoa ahupuaʻa were purchased by Gerritt P. Judd from Kauikeaouli, King Kamehameha III in 1850 A.D. Substantial portions of Kaʻaʻawa and Hakipuʻu ahupuaʻa were later purchased amounting to approximately 4,000 acres of land still owned by the Judd/Morgan family today. The uninterrupted private ownership and environmental stewardship of this land has contributed to its pristine condition and the preservation of archaeological features on the property.