Project Description


The prehistoric settlement of the far-flung islands of the Pacific Ocean have intrigued explorers and scholars alike for centuries. How did founding groups settle and transform the most isolated land masses on Earth? What social, economic, and technological innovations were developed that led to some of the most complex societies in the world? The Hawaiian Islands typifies the height of Oceanic social complexity. This field school will investigate a well-preserved, late prehistoric community on Moloka‘i Island. Excavations will be conducted in residential complexes and religious structures (symbols of chiefly power and status) to understand the development of ancient Hawaiian society.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: July 15-August 18, 2018
  • Enrollment Status: OPEN
  • Total Cost: $4,652
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: April 20th, 2018
  • Instructors: Dr. Marshall Weisler
  • Online Orientation:  June 2nd, 2018, 5:30 PM PST
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The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Marshall Weisler
Dr. Marshall WeislerDirector
University of Queensland, Australia


This is a new IFR field school. There are no student testimonials available at this time.

Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • All local transportation
  • Health Insurance

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


The accommodation is a modern 3 bedroom, two bathroom house with an outside shower situated on a fenced 2 acre property overlooking the south shore of Moloka‘i and across the channel south to Lana‘i. It is a spectacular view. The accommodation is a modern home in a subdivision with little chance of contacting food borne illnesses. In the morning, breakfast foods will be made available for students to self-select. Staff and students will take turns preparing lunches for the group which will consist primarily of sandwiches and fruit. The evening meal will be prepared by staff (students are encouraged to help). Most dietary needs will be accommodated such as vegetarian, vegan, wheat free, etc.

Travel Info

Honolulu, Hawaii is easy to get to on any of the major airlines. Once in Honolulu, you will need to get on an inter-island flight to Moloka‘i. Students must arrive on July 15 by 3pm. This is about a 25 minute flight. The trip from Honolulu (HNL) to Moloka‘i (MKK) can be arranged through Makani Kai Air ( The Ho’olehua, Molokai airport (MKK) is very small and students will be met at the baggage claim area.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.


This is a domestic program. No visa requirement for US citizens. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the United States Embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirement.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

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