Renée Whitehouse, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, grew up in Fremont, California and went to the University of California San Diego for her BA in archaeological studies and oceanographic sciences. She attended two field schools, one in Menora, Spain and one in Gotland, Sweden, where she worked in both marine and terrestrial sites. Before moving to New Zealand for her MA degree, she worked in an Egyptian museum, a historic landmark, and as an archaeological project lead in the Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow National Monuments in Southern California. After graduating with her MA in archaeology from the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ, she lived in Alaska for a few years before working for NOAA as a hydrographic surveyor directly before coming to Hawaiʻi.
Kaylee Gaunt received a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in History from Arizona State
University. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Historical Archaeology and a certificate in GIS
at the University of West Florida. Before relocating to Oʻahu, she attended an archaeological
field school focusing on the 16 th century Luna Settlement and the prehistoric Butcherpen Mound
Complex in Pensacola, FL.
Paul Duran is from a small Spanish village in Northern New Mexico. He has been working in archaeology for eight years, generally in the Southwest U.S. and the Hawaiian Islands. Paul received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. from New Mexico State University. His research interests range from stone tool procurement strategies and manufacturing technologies to settlement of the Pacific Islands and the American Southwest. He is also interested in community based archaeology, geoarchaeology, and landscape archaeology.
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.
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.
Leandra Medina has her B.A. in Anthropology from Sacramento State University and completed a field school in the San Bernardino mountains, California. With over 14 years of experience in CRM, beginning in 2004, she has completed fieldwork in California, Washington, and Hawaii. Since 2010, she has completed numerous historic preservation compliance reports.
Max grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he has always been interested in archaeology, attending his first field school at the age of seventeen. After receiving his B.A. in anthropology from the Ohio State University in 2013, he worked as a cultural resource manager and field archaeologist throughout the eastern half of the U.S. After working several years on the mainland, Max received his master’s degree at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where his thesis explores the prevalence of oceanic tuna fishing throughout the history of Eastern Polynesia. He continues to pursue his interests in the history of nautical technologies through an investigation of the effectiveness of cultural preservation laws. Max enjoys getting underwater whenever he can, as a divemaster and SCUBA technician. Max has worked as a field archaeologist and has a studied a variety of cultures ranging from colonial America, Amerindian groups such as the Erie and Chumash, and ancient Rome. His work primarily focuses on Hawaiʻi today, but he has worked throughout the mainland U.S., Spain, and Portugal.
Danielle Shemesh served in the IDF (Israel Defense Force) for two years under the intelligence defense corps, where she collected and shared information regarding threats and security. After serving, she backpacked Central and South America for two years where she volunteered and visited many cultural sites protected by UNESCO. In 2010, she moved to Hawai‘i and decided to pursue her interest in archaeology and graduated with a BA in Anthropology with a focus on Pacific Island Archaeology. Her passion is preserving not only history but also nature and the sea, and therefore she is also an active member in a local non-profit organization called Sustainable Coastlines as well as the Surfrider Foundation.