17.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Apia

Honolulu Conference Concluded Gathering 135 Underwater Cultural Heritage Experts from 27 Countries

Dr James Delgano, Director of NOAA Naritime Heritage Programme(c)UNESCO/A.Takahashi

The Second Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (www.apconf.org) was held from 12-16 May 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference was hosted by the University of Hawai‘i Marine Option Program, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. More than 135 participants from 27 countries around the world joined together to discuss common goals in underwater cultural heritage research and preservation.

The conference aimed to: i) address management and protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century, ii) facilitate regional cooperation through the development of academic and governmental networks in the Asia-Pacific region, iii) provide a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology.


Keynote Speakers for this event are Dr. James Delgado, Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Mr. Sayan Praicharnjit from the Centre for Community Archaeology Research and Development in Thailand. Professionals and the public met for five days of events at the University of Hawai‘i Campus Center conference facilities:

Day One: arrivals; in-situ preservation workshop, agency/committee meeting; opening reception

Day Two: official welcome and keynote (1) presentation; concurrent (3) breakout presentation sessions

Day Three: keynote (2); concurrent (3) breakout presentation sessions; poster session

Day Four: concurrent (3) breakout sessions; poster sessions; conference banquet at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Day Five: Local field trip options (Pearl Harbor; Bishop Museum; He‘eia Hawaiian Fishpond)


Presented papers were published in a hard copy of the conference proceedings (Van Tilburg et al, eds. 2014).


The conference proceedings will also be available at the Museum of Underwater Archaeology online (MUA): www.themua.org.


The Planning Committee was able to provide financial assistance for 25 of the more than 135 participants from the Asia-Pacific region to attend the conference. The Planning Committee would like to thank the following generous sponsors for making this important event possible: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Marine Option Program at the University of Hawai‘i, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, UNESCO, the Ocean Foundation, University of Hawai‘i, The Field Museum, Ships of Discovery, Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Inc., SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Arts and Archaeology, Maney Publishing, and the Tokyo Institute of Marine Science and Technology.


Press Release by APCONF.


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