The Honokowai Cultural Overlay stabilization project is a component of Ka`anapali 2020, which includes restoration and preservation of an ancient farming archeological site, as well as a Multi-Cultural Center. The project is supported by businesses, organizations and the people of Maui. Steady progress is being made at the work site.
In October 2002, the Hawaii State Archaeological Society, with more than 20 archaeologists, inspected the project. They all felt Honokowai sites were among the best projects currently in the state. Many of them wanted to work with the Overlay team. They pointed out possible burials, house sites, trails, auwai, heiaus, shelters, and were interested in the land court award names.
The Multi-Cultural Committee extends its appreciation for the help received from Alexander & Baldwin to purchase tools; Ken Ota of Irrigation Systems, Inc. for 1600 feet of two-inch polyethylene waterlines; Jan Dapitan of Community Work Day for irrigation lines, valves, transportation; 14 Americorps workers for five days; and James Carpio of Jay’s Nursery for flat bed truck transportation and agricultural supplies.
The community is encouraged to participate in this special place. Families, children and elders are always welcome. Bring lunch, water, gloves, hand tools, hats and repellent.
Honokowai Archaeological Cleanup Project volunteers welcome every Saturday. Meet at 9am at the “Sugar Cane Train” parking lot off Honoapiilani Hwy, turn mauka at Pu’ukoli’i St. (north of Ka’anapali).Clean Archaeological sites an12/18/05dsey at 572-8085.