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.
Originally from Texas, Megan Edwards Alvarez has been practicing archaeology since 2002. Prior to moving to Hawaii in 2014, her fieldwork experiences—in both urban and rural contexts—had taken her across the US (Virginia, Long Island, Chicago, New Orleans) and overseas (Ireland, France). While she has specialized in Historical Archaeology of the last 500 years, she has worked on sites and trained with materials stretching from the Irish Mesolithic (7000 BCE) to the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893). She has had extensive training—in both the US and UK—in landscape survey, stratigraphic excavation and recording, laboratory analysis (historic artifacts, faunal, human osteology), and the incorporation of textual resources into archaeological analysis. Megan received her BA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary (2005), MA in Archaeology from the Queen’s University of Belfast (2006), and will be completing her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2019. Her research and past publications reflect an interest in how profound social change impacts foodways—whether from English colonization in Virginia and Ireland, the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, or industrialization in Gilded Age Chicago.
Lizabeth Hauani‘o came to Hawai‘i in 1983 and lived in Kalapana on the Puna coast. Lizabeth has worked in cultural resource management for more than 25 years on the islands of Hawai‘i and Maui in a broad range of archaeological and cultural projects including all aspects of archaeological field work; survey, mapping, site recordation, excavation, laboratory analysis of artifacts, and monitoring. She also has substantial experience in lava tube exploration, mapping, and excavation. She has supervised large, small, short, and long term monitoring projects and numerous survey and data recovery crews with accompanying report support.
She has worked with many Hawaiian burials and Burial Plan implementation situations, cultural resource management mitigation issues, repatriation of human remains under NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), and support with lineal and cultural descendants in the Section 106 consultation process. Lizabeth has worked with the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD), the Hawai‘i Island Burial Council (HIBC), and the State and County of Hawai‘i.
Lizabeth graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2007 with a B.A. in Anthropology with Honors and also holds an A.A. in Communications.
Growing up in East Molokai’s remote Halawa Valley fostered Steve Eminger’s early interest in Hawaiian culture and history. Years of exploring the island, coupled with self-directed studies, led to more formal training with the Molokai Community Archaeological Training Program in 2004 and 2005. Steve has worked on numerous archaeological projects with leading researchers and various CRM firms throughout the Hawaiian Islands, as well as periodic archaeological work with the National Park Service in Kalaupapa, Molokai. Complementing his extensive practical experience, Steve is currently finishing up his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with planned graduate studies to follow. Steve’s academic interests include researching Hawaiian texts to inform archaeological studies as well as land matters in Hawai‘i, Hawaiian rock art, settlement patterns, thorium dating of coral, geochemical sourcing and archaeostronomy.