'2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage'
May 12-16, 2014, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Organizers: Hans Van Tilburg (NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries) and Jun Kimura (Murdoch U.)
Hosted by the University of Hawai'i Marine Option Program, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, this conference brought together 139 participants from 27 countries around the world to discuss common goals in underwater cultural heritage research and preservation. The conference addressed resource management and protection strategies across the region, facilitated cooperation through the development of academic and governmental networks, provided a forum for discussion of technical and ethical issues related to underwater cultural heritage, and published the proceedings both online (www.apconf.org) and in print form, disseminating them to a wide audience. Keynote speakers for this event were Dr. James Delgado, Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Professor Sayan Praicharnjit from the Centre for Community Archaeology Research and Development in Thailand. The opening reception and in-situ preservation workshop was followed by three days of concurrent sessions. The conference's concluding banquet was held at Bishop Museum, featuring Hawaiian food, dance, and music. Heritage field trips on the final day included Pearl Harbor, the Bishop Museum, and the He`eia Hawaiian fish pond.
Van Tilburg, Hans, Sila Tripati, Veronic Walker, Brian Fahy, and Jun Kimura (eds.) 2014. Proceedings of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. Volumes 1 & 2. (Published by the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage Planning Committee. Electric Pencil: Honolulu, HI)