Photo: Diamond Head
The word Hawaii may come from the Polynesian word “Owhyee,” which means “homeland.”
Carbon dating places the first settlers of Hawaii arriving around AD 940-1130.
Polynesian chants of genealogy and history were done at formal and family functions. They were the oral history of the islands.
The pua ali’i (flowers of royalty) were considered living gods.
By 1000 AD the islands shores showed food cultivation.
Pa’ao, a Tahitian priest is said to have brought a new order to to the islands around 1200 AD.
The genealogy of the early rulers can be traced back to Hanala’ anui and others.
The system of kapu and tabu were controlled by the ali’i nui. The system controlled much of daily life.
After the death of Hamehameha I, the system was abolished and the Hawaiian religion disappeared and the gods were abandoned.
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