Janet Six is a long-time resident of the Island of Maui and is currently the Principal Investigator for Sixth Sense Archaeological Consultants. Her research focuses on both pre- and post-contact archaeology in Hawai`i. She received an AA from UH Maui Community College; a BA in Anthropology and Classical Civilization from New York University; an MA in Historical Archaeology from Columbia University; and an MA and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Over the years Dr. Six has led efforts – working alongside native Hawaiian cultural practitioners – to restore endangered cultural/ecosystem at several of Maui’s most sacred sites partnering with students and faculty from UH-Maui College and New York University to head up archaeological excavations at Lo`iloa in `Iao Valley and Moku`ula in Lāhaina.
Dr. Six is also passionate about sustainability. Her dissertation research focused on the archaeology of capitalism, hydrological despotism (the control of water) and terraforming in Hawai`i. She is the writer and co-producer of the documentary film Ho`okele Wa`a: Turning the Canoe – Navigating a Sustainable Future for Maui winning the Audience Award for Best Film made in Hawai`i at the 2010 Maui Film Festival and is an Associate Producer of Na Kupu Mana`ola: Seeds of Hope. She has served on the Steering Committee on UH-Maui College’s Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Maui Group and the Cultural Resource Commission for Maui County.
Dr. Six is thrilled to be returning for a second Semester at Sea, having been fortunate enough to sail on the Fall 2014 Atlantic Voyage where she had the distinct honor of having six fellow shipmates (three of them male) dress up as her for Halloween! A larger than life character “J6” as her students call her currently lives in Pe`ahi AKA “Jaws” – home of one of the largest surf breaks in the world – with her two Australian cattle dogs, Jax and Indy.