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Friends of King Kaumuali'i
Honoring the Legacy of
Kauai’s Last King
ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia
No task is too big
when done together by all
Dr. Peter Mills Bio

Dr. Peter Mills BiographyDr. Mills, is director of the UH Hilo Heritage Management M.A. program. In 2022 the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology bestowed him with its Public Archaeology Award for tireless preservation work. For more than three decades, Dr. Mills has focused on Pāʻulaʻula State Historic Site, built in 1816, and formerly mislabeled as a “Russian Fort.” His archeological survey in the mid 1990s and subsequent book, “Hawaiʻiʻs Russian Adventure” (2002) focus on King Kaumualiʻiʻs central role in constructing the fort and then using it.

In 2018 he became an advocate to correct the siteʻs history in DLNR monthly community meetings as they deliberated the name & history change for the National Historic Landmark. Our organization also participated in this group, to raise the statue. In 2017 a Russian Delegation came to celebrate their fort’s history, planting a RAC (Russian American Co) flag onsite. They solicited forcefully with state and local officials and in DLNR meetings to embrace the Russian moniker and version of history. In Spring 2022 in an interesting twist of fate, a member of the Russian Delegation, with direct ties to Putin, was indicted by the FBI as an unregistered foreign agent.

State and county entities subsequently and unanimously voted to correct the history of the wahi pana, bolstered by the cumulative research of Dr. Mills and Hawaiian oral tradition. Millsʻs new book, Connecting the Hawaiian Kingdom (2022), adds interesting, little known facts on the transitional era of early foreign contact. This summer Mills will return to Pāʻulaʻula with other UH colleagues to conduct a new LIDAR infrared survey to clarify and highlight archeological features at the site.

As Humanities leader and lecturer, Mills is well-suited to deliver accurate program content which he presents in a factual, entertaining style with related graphics and photos. He will also oversee the edited historical accuracy of interpretive content for the Website Resource, and for public programs.

Your donation will help maintain a full-sized bronze statue to honor the last reigning King of Kauai, Ali’i Nui Kaumuali’i.

The eight foot statue of the King has been installed at Pāʻulaʻula, Waimea.

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