HONOLULU – Hawaii is one of the best places to find lost lands and ancient artifacts from ancient times, said Robert Smith, the founder and executive director of the Hawaii Land and Resources Conservation Authority (HLRCA).
He said he and his colleagues have been working to locate thousands of archaeological sites since 2009, including a series of ancient artifacts discovered in Kona and Hilo.
These ancient relics include pottery, pottery shards, beads and pottery vessels.
Smith said the HLCA has been working with archaeologists in the Hawaiian Islands to collect and preserve these ancient artifacts.
“It’s a huge amount of material, but we’re very lucky to have the resources and the skills to get this material out,” he said.HLCA is responsible for collecting, preserving and educating the public on lost lands.
In a video, Smith said it is the only agency in the United States that provides land for archaeologists to collect archaeological material.
“The best land for archaeology is the soil,” he added.
“That’s what we have in Hawaii.
We have a rich cultural heritage.”
He said archaeologists also need the support of the public to do their jobs.
“A lot of people think archaeological digs are a private enterprise,” he explained.
“But the reality is archaeology digs are public works and the public benefit from the land.”
The state of Hawaii also requires archaeological sites to be maintained and protected for 30 years.