Excavating William Kaulehelehe's House

June 15, 2012 Posted by: Meagan Huff

William Kaulehelehe site

This image shows another spot where our Field School students will be digging this summer - the site of William Kaulehelehe's house.

In 1844, Chief Factor John McLoughlin requested that the Hudson's Bay Company send "a trusty educated Hawaiian of good character to read the scriptures and assemble his people for public worship." As a result, William Kaulehelehe was sent to the fort, along with his wife Mary Kaai. Kaulehelehe's principle duties included preaching, teaching, and keeping order among the fort's Hawaiian employees.

William and Mary lived in a small, one-and-a-half story house, much like the reconstructed Village houses in this photo. According to historical sketches, his house was oriented east-west.

Kaulehelehe remained in the Village until 1860, when the U.S. Army demolished his house.

The perspective in this photograph shows the landscape William and Mary would have seen every day - their neighboring Village houses, the stockade of Fort Vancouver, and Mt. Hood in the distance.

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  7. June 22, 2012 at 07:54

    Aloha! I hope to see this house standing once again. Will you build what was destroyed by those who did not know their actions were cruel and senseless? Rebuild his home please. I would want to be there to celebrate.

  8. June 21, 2012 at 09:10

    I'm into archaeology and think this blog is smart for you to do. It took me a lot of reading which I like to find it though. Why are you hiding the blog? Make it easier to find.

  9. June 20, 2012 at 08:12

    Will you update more frequently? This wonderful.

  10. June 19, 2012 at 11:51

    I have visited a number of your field schools over the years. I have always found it interesting to speak with the archaeologists and students. This is a fantastic educational program. I think nor of the best in the PNW!

  11. June 19, 2012 at 08:53

    Very interesting and amazing!

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