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Date: Friday, October 5, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

UH Hilo anthropology professor to speak at NHERC

Dr. Peter Mills, professor and chair of the University of Hawaii at Hilo Anthropology Department, will speak at UH Hilo’s North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka‘a on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Mills will share his investigations of two 19th century ranching sites in Humu‘ula on the eastern slopes of Mauna Kea. Research of the first site at Keanakolu revealed stone cabins, a log cabin complex and fruit orchards as well as a fascinating variety of artifacts. Keanakolu is also near the site where the famous botanist David Douglas met his end in 1834, either by falling into a pit trap used to capture wild cattle or at the hands of the trap’s maker, Ned Gurney.

Mills’ recent research at the second site at Laumai‘a entailed documenting a Parker Ranch line station and the discovery of an earlier station that matches the location of a Waimea Grazing and Agricultural Company camp before 1862.

Mills is the second speaker this fall in a monthly series sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program at NHERC. For more information, please contact Bill Kunstman at (808) 775-8890 or email at wkunstma@hawaii.edu.


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