Dating hawaiian culture

Cook himself knew that the original Polynesian discoverers had come from the South Pacific hundreds of years before his time.First, from the Marquesas, came a settlement as early as 600 or 700 AD, and then from the Society Islands, another migration about 1100 AD.


Like medieval Europe and the other Polynesian nations, each caste had its assigned tasks and responsibilities.Not until 1810 was there a single king over all Hawaii with the reign of Kamehameha.Hawaii's history in story and legend is ancient and proud, dating back at least a thousand years before American colonies became a nation in 1776.It is highly unlikely that the exact date when Polynesian people first set foot on these previously uninhabited islands will ever be known, nor much details about events occurring between that date and the first contact with Europeans.

Lacking instruments of navigation or charts or any kind, the Polynesians sailed into vast oceans.They staked their knowledge of the sky and its stars, the sea and its currents, the flight of birds and many other natural signs. In the centuries before the arrival of Captain Cook, Hawaiian society was a highly stratified system with strictly maintained castes.


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