Marine Option Program presents 24th annual Maritime Archaeology Symposium

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cynthia L Hunter, (808) 956-4748
Director, Marine Option Program
Posted: Jan 14, 2013

The general public, sport and tech divers, diving operators, historians, students, underwater archaeologists, preservationists and the public are encouraged to participate in the 24th annual Maritime Archaeology Symposium on February 16-18, 2013, at the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries located at 6600 Kalaniana'ole Hwy., Suite 302 in Honolulu. 
This year’s theme is: Evolving Landscapes in the Maritime World. Come join discussions on "What do marine protected areas have to do with heritage preservation and cultural identity? What are cultural seascapes? and How can we manage and protect our heritage resources in near shore waters?"
Keynote speaker Dr. James P. Delgado, Director of NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program, presents his talk “The Great Museum of the Sea" on Saturday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m.  at the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The talk is free and open to the public.
Symposium presentations will be held on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Participants must register to attend the Saturday and Sunday presentations ($75 for both days, $40 for one day; military/student/teacher $30/$20).
Presentations include more than 24 speakers covering: living cultures and Hawaiian biocultural resources, native perspectives in conservation and stewardship, maritime cultural landscapes within NOAA’s sanctuary system, maritime heritage resource management, African Americans in maritime history, new discoveries of underwater shipwrecks, aircraft and amphibious vessels, whaling research in Hawai`i, Pacific maritime history, international maritime exchanges and much more. The symposium includes continental breakfast, informal receptions, BBQ, and option field trip to He`eia Fishpond on Monday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The symposium is co-sponsored by NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Marine Option Program, and the Maritime Archaeology and History of the Hawaiian Islands Foundation.  
For more information, contact:  NOAA heritage coordinator Hans Van Tilburg at 808-271-4187or