Archaeological and Cultural Sites
The Mokio Preserve contains several major native Hawaiian cultural sites including the adze quarry and seasonal housing complex found at Puu Kaeo, the fishing shrine and housing complex near Anapuka. Numerous smaller adze quarries and housing sites are located throughout the preserve.
Dr. Marshall Weisler PhD. Head of Archaeology at University of Queensland, has been working on Molokai for the last 30 years looking into the habitation and sociological patterns of development on West Molokai. He has been contracted by Moloka’i Land Trust to put together an inventory of the known archaeological sites on the Mokio Preserve along with management recommendations. Since the report was completed in 2009, several new sites have been discovered at Mokio and added to the documented sites list. Moloka’i Land Trust Field Staff have been trained by Dr. Weisler in the best practices of preserving these sites.
Historical subsistence activities on the Mokio Preserve include predominantly fishing and gathering of ocean resources and material for stone tool manufacturing. Other activities in more modern times include hunting of axis deer. Moloka’i Land Trust has set up a pass system for residents of Molokai to access the Preserve for traditional subsistence usage.