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Carson Mounds Archaeological Field School

Summer in Hawaii

Summer in Hawaii
June 15-28, 2015

This program provides a unique opportunity to attend one week of evening classes at Tulane University before traveling to Hawaii’s Big Island to experience first-hand its many geological, historical, and cultural wonders. Classes are held on the Uptown Campus from June 15-19, and the Hawaii Big Island portion of the program runs from June 20 through June 28.

Beginning on June 15, students will attend four evening lectures, two dealing with the geology of the Hawaiian Islands, and two dealing with the cultural history of the islands. These classes will be held on the Tulane campus and will meet Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm-8:00pm, with an examination on Friday, June 19 – on June 20, the students will leave as a group on a journey to Hawaii visiting cultural and geological sites on the “big island” of Hawaii. Sites include: Volcano National Park, Maunea Loa and Mauna Kea, lava fields, Waipio Valley, Petroglyph sites, the City of Refuge, archaeological sites, and coral reefs.

Space is limited to 14 participants, and a $500 deposit is required. The $500 deposit is non-refundable after March 10, 2015.

application form for Hawaii program

The Course
EENS 3970: Geology and Cultural History of the Hawaiian Islands
No prerequisites are necessary. Professor Flowers will teach the geology portion of the class, and Professor Marksbury will cover the cultural portion.

The geologic history of the Hawaiian Islands is covered, with particular emphasis on the development of the Big Island of Hawaii. Eruptions for the shield volcanoes Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Maunea Kea, Haulalai, and Kohala have created the largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Lecture topics include: origin of basaltic magma, history of Hawaiian hot spots, eruptive history of Hawaiian volcanoes, plate tectonics and the development of the Hawaiian Islands. During the cultural portion of class, students will learn about Polynesian migration and settlement in Hawaii up through the “plantation period.” The Hawaiian Islands symbolize the heights of Polynesian development. Lectures will focus on Hawaiian social stratification, religious practices, economics and the development of the Hawaiian kingdom under Kamehameha I.

Program cost is $3,580, which includes:

  • three credits for EENS 3970 — Geology & Cultural History of the Hawaiian Islands
  • round-trip airfare from New Orleans to Kona, Hawaii
  • double occupancy room at Royal Kona Resort Hotel
  • daily full breakfast
  • farewell luau dinner and show
  • all daily excursions


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For More Information
Richard Marksbury
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
Dean, School of Continuing Studies

George Flowers
Associate Professor of Geology

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