Andrée-Michelle Conley-Kapoi

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Andrée-Michelle Conley-Kapoi

Co-founder of Pōhaku Cultural Tours, Andrée’s passion for archaeology began in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where she was raised on her family’s property with no television, piles of National Geographic magazines, and seven generations of artifacts around the property to explore. The land was purchased in 1891 in gold coin–thirty years after her great-great-great grandfather immigrated to San Francisco from Ireland via Honolulu aboard the Bark Comet along with a shipment of whalebone and 500 watermelons. Her curiosity and appreciation for culture has taken her around the world to 23 countries. While working as an archaeological supervisor on the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve, she met her husband, and they have been blessed with three children that trace their lineage to pre-contact Maui.

Andrée received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Anthropology and her M.A. thesis was based on Bidialectal Competencies of Hawaiian Creole English Speakers overseen by Dr. Carol Feldman of NYU. She is a licensed Archaeological Principal Investigator by the State of Hawai`i, with over 18 years of experience in the Hawaiian Islands, as well as three years in other regions such as the Northern Marianas and the North American Interior Plateau. Andrée began her work in Hawaiian archaeology in 1989, when she was hired to do field investigations on Maui for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (‘the Smithsonian of the South Pacific’). Her areas of expertise include all aspects of archaeological field investigations, historic and pre-contact artifact analysis, ethnographic studies, and linguistic analysis. She is also proficient in all phases of archaeological research and cultural impact studies. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Helekunihi Cultural Foundation which conducts native Hawaiian plant reforestation projects in the Kahikinui District of East Maui.

“My greatest passions in life have miraculously merged with the evolution of this business adventure. My adult life has been dedicated to various realms of studying the Hawaiian culture through archaeology, linguistics, and ethnography. Over the last year, I have been bringing my children out to this serene location and am familiarizing them with the area. I am ecstatic to document and share the history of my children’s ancestry with them and with all of you. “Grab your boots and sense of adventure and meet me in the field!”

With aloha,

Andrée