Kalena McElroy

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

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

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.

Anthony Alvarez

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.

Leandra Medina

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 Pinsonneault

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.

Megan Alvarez

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.

Danielle Shemesh

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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.

Robin Kapoi

Robin Kapoi-Keli’i was born and raised on the leeward side of O‘ahu on the Wai‘anae Coast. She received her BA in Anthropology and Certificate in Applied Forensic Anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu. In addition to her experience working in archaeology, Robin has participated and volunteered with several projects. These include the Honouliuli Archaeological field school (2009-2012), Mount Ka‘ala Archaeological field school (2009), and North Shore Archaeological Field School (2013), as well as interning at the Bishop Museum (2014).

Lizabeth Hauani‘o

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.