UH Manoa students help preserve historic cemeteries

Maemae Chapel Cemetery

Several students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa are helping to preserve Hawaii’s historic cemeteries.

The students belong to an American studies class that will spend the next two days at Maemae Chapel Cemetery in Nuuanu.

Their work includes mapping, photographing, recording grave marker information as well as cleaning damaged head stones.

“This morning was really about mapping and taking down information that’s here so it can be used and families can use maps we make to find where their relatives may be buried,” said program manager Megan Borthwick.

The students will also do preservation work at Pauoa Hawaiian Cemetery in the coming days.

The project is part of the Historic Preservation program at UH Manoa, a community-based program supported through a grant from the Hawaii Council for Humanities and Kaumakapili Church.

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