Mānoa Heritage Center

Join us for our next Virtual Kahaukani Conversations on Thursday, March 17 with Chaminade Professor of Anthropology and Geography, Dr. Richard Bordner. 

In his presentation entitled “Mapping the Mahele in the Ahupuaʻa of Waititi,” Dr. Bordner will be sharing about his project of creating an overlay of the current area of Palolo-Waikīkī with the 1855 world of the ahupuaʻa of Waititi (the common spelling for the ahupuaʻa in the Mahele testimony) with the help of Google Earth and historical resources. 

He and his team are slowly building a snapshot of the cultural landscape in the ahupuaʻa of Waititi in the 1850s and next plan to input details about specific land use (agriculture, homes, fishponds, etc.) from the testimonies into Google Earth and add the Native Testimony text to the Google Earth database, including rough translations into English to make it more accessible. 

All of the Palolo Project Mahele files can be freely downloaded at https://greatsageproject.org/progress-report-for-the-shaanxi-cultural-relics-atlas-project-8-16/

Kahaukani Conversations is made possible with support from: 

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

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