Aloha, Yosi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto (“Yosi” to friends, family, and admirers) passed away last week, at the age of ninety-three. This photo shows him with Toni Han Palermo and Muffet Jourdane, two longtime friends and former assistants.

Writing recently to fellow members of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology, archaeologist Paul Cleghorn said, “The archaeological community has just lost a leader in our field—Yosihiko H. Sinoto. He was a man of gentle spirit who simply loved archaeology. His pioneering works in the migrations and settling of Polynesia form the foundation of current studies. Yosi had the uncanny ability to find artifactually rich archaeological sites wherever he worked—South Point in Hawai‘i, Hane in the Marquesas, and Huahine in Tahiti. The rich assemblages he collected and analyzed led to his development of a settlement model for Polynesia that continues to be valid. Yosi acted as a mentor to many of the older archaeologists in Hawai‘i and Polynesa. Yosi left a big mark on Polynesian studies and we are all appreciative of his efforts. He will be missed.”

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