Elena Hughes is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa. She received her MA in Forensic Anthropology in 2018 from the University of Montana and her BS in Anthropology from Central Washington University in 2014. While getting her master’s degree she participated in a field methods course for the recovery of human remains at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Forensic Anthropology Research Center as well as assisted in the analysis of forensic remains in both open and cold cases from the Montana State Crime Lab. It was through this forensic casework that she became interested in postmortem alterations and tool mark analysis in bone which would later become the focus of both her master’s and doctoral research. Her current research analyzes the variations in the creation and preservation of saw marks in bone when exposed to differing depositional environments. She anticipates that this data will help to determine a more accurate timeline of postmortem trauma resulting from acts of dismemberment. Her interests include biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, human osteology, skeletal trauma, and taphonomy.
Jacy Miller is a PhD student at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s Department of Anthropology and a Student Affiliate at the East-West Center. Her proposed dissertation is focused on Latte-period pottery with concepts linking household economy, ceramic ecology, and land-use practices on the island of Guam. Jacy received her MA degree in Archaeology from Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, and before that, a BA in Anthropology from the University of Guam. Jacy has more than eight years of experience in the field and laboratory. She has worked as an archaeologist, chief crew supervisor, research assistant, teaching assistant, project specialist, and field assistant for various cultural resource management firms and institutions. She assisted and, at times, lead the fieldwork, laboratory work, and technical report writing for these positions. She has been a part of several archaeological field schools in the Philippines, Guam, and Hawaiʻi.
Ashley Atkins is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has a MSc in Forensic Anthropology from Liverpool John Moores University (2016) and BA in Anthropology from Lee University (2015). As an undergraduate student she studied abroad in Japan, focusing on Japanese culture, and participated in archaeological fieldwork in Tennessee and osteological training at the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility. During her MSc she excavated a medieval cemetery in England, worked with the forensic experts of the Carabinieri in Italy, and completed her thesis research with the skeletal collections housed at the Museum of London. Her dissertation focuses on the origin of modern Japanese using Neolithic skeletal remains. Her interests are biological anthropology, human origins and migration, human variation, paleopathology, and forensic anthropology.
Shekinah Landicho graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a B.A. in
Anthropology and Psychology. She discovered her passion for anthropology during a study
abroad course on the archaeology of ancient Rome. Shekinah has completed fieldwork in
Australia and Malta which includes research in maritime archaeology, ethnography, and
historical archaeology. Additionally, she holds certifications for advanced open water SCUBA
diving and tea master practices. Her interests focus on the anthropology of foods.
Tiffany Brown received her A.A. Degree in Psychology and spent the following three years working with UNICEF throughout New Zealand and Fiji. It was during these years that she found her passions for both travel and cultural studies. After returning to the United States, she redirected her education to Anthropology and soon received her B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. During her studies, Tiffany took part in an archaeological field school which focused on the Paleo-Indians of Northern New Hampshire. Three months following the conclusion of her field school, she relocated to Hawai’i to pursue a career in archaeology. She has since worked on archaeological monitoring and surveying projects as well as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) surveying and mapping on O’ahu, Maui, and Hawai’i Island. In addition to her experience with UNICEF, Tiffany has worked with charities such as Easter Seals, where she taught children with disabilities, and Lifeshare, where she served as a life coach for juveniles on probation.
Ilikea McElroy grew up in Waimānalo, O‘ahu and attended Kamehameha Schools where he became interested in business and computer science. He received an Associate’s Degree and Business Certificate from Windward Community College, and is a licensed real estate agent specializing in O‘ahu’s North Shore region. He excels in network security, software development, and web design, and serves as Keala Pono’s webmaster and IT specialist.
Born and raised on the windward side of Oʻahu, Kalena McElroy left the islands to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and European Studies at UCLA. Immediately after graduating, she continued her education in Spain where she received a Master’s in Arts and Cultural Management. Kalena has over six years of professional writing experience and co-authored numerous archaeological reports for projects spanning the Hawaiian Islands. She has also conducted cultural impact assessment interviews with members of the local community and participated in various archaeological surveys. In her spare time she shares cultural insights on her travel blog, Lost And Abroad.
Gina Pualani McGuire received her MA in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Her thesis focused on using narrative research and landscape-scale analysis of heritage, ecological, and operations for the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to inform the future of a visitor program. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Geography at UH Mānoa to bring together ethnography and geospatial analyses on the eastern slopes of Hawaiʻi Island. Growing up on a native plant conservation farm in Olaʻa, Hawaiʻi Island gave her an appreciation for the natural world, deep connection to place, and community-based management. Although she completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and has studied and worked in Queensland, Australia, her desire to give back to Hawaiʻi continues to guide her work. Her interests include bringing Indigenous voices and epistemologies to the forefront of research and management, using geospatial tools to visualize and analyze data, and rural community relationships with terrestrial and coastal ecosystems.
Trisha Drennan has been working in the field of archaeology for 18 years and holds a Master of Science degree in maritime archaeology from the University of Southampton. She has received intensive training in her profession through several practical graduate field programs to include the University of Hawai’i and Florida State University. In addition she holds certifications in archaeological site survey and laboratory analysis; and is an Advanced PADI Open Water SCUBA and a Nautical Archaeology Society certified science diver. Ms. Drennan has led and managed cultural resource projects both in Hawai`i and California. She also participated in the South Tombs Cemetery excavation project in Tell el-Amarna, Egypt. She has authored and coauthored 100+ reports and publications; and is a NEA scholarship recipient on cemetery preservation and landscape studies, and cultural affiliation.
Born and raised in Southern California, Anthony Keith Alvarez participated in his first archaeological excavation—part of the Tataviam Research Program—in 2001 while working on an Associate of Arts degree at Los Angeles Pierce College. Since then, archaeology has taken him to the Philippines and Guam. He has been involved with archaeology in Hawaii since 2015. Tony holds Bachelors’ degrees in both Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2005), with experience in both Paleo Indian and Mission Archaeology. He earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2008), where he worked on excavations from the Paleolithic (12,000 BCE) and Spanish Colonial (1521-1898) periods in the Philippines. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Tony also has several years of teaching experience. He has assisted teaching archaeological field schools in Hawai‘i and Guam, and taught courses in archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and religion at Los Angeles Pierce College, the American Jewish University, and currently teaches at Kapiˈolani Community College.