Investigating History Underwater in Hawaiʻi

Ever wonder what lies beneath the ocean’s surface in Hawaiian waters? Besides the plethora of diverse geological formations and wildlife, you might be surprised to find out there are hidden pieces of history sitting at the bottom of the ocean. On the final leg of our From Shore to the Abyss partnership program with the National Geographic Society, the Maritime Heritage project team explored and documented maritime history. They dove on six different World War II era wreck sites off the coast of Maui and completed a visual survey of Shipwreck Beach in Lānaʻi. Using photogrammetry to create 3D virtual recreations of these historic sites assists archaeologists and other site managers with understanding how a site physically changes over time. This project also brings history and archeology to life for people around the world.