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Hawaiian History - Before James Cook

Your guide to information about the ancient history of the Hawaiian Islands up till the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778.

Captain James Cook - An Introduction
Learn about the Englishman who was the first westerner to discover the Hawaiian Islands. The arrival of Captain Cook marked the beginning of the end of influence and rule of the native Hawaiian people over their own land.

Hawai'iloa and the Discovery of Hawai'i
One of several excellent voyaging stories available from Samuel M. Kamakau and Z. Kepelino.

Hawaii: Timeline
If you would like a good chart to show you the history of the Hawaiian Islands from the first migrations in 100 B.C.. until the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 here is a good place to visit.

Polynesian Voyaging Society
An organization founded to research the means by which Polynesian seafarers discovered and settled nearly every inhabitable island in the Pacific Ocean. Great historical information here.

The Settlement of Polynesia (Part 1)
From the Polynesian Voyaging Society read about the Polynesian settlement of the Pacific. Be sure to catch Part 2 also.

The Spirit of 'Ohana and the Polynesian Voyagers
The 'ohana (family) of old made it possible for the Polynesian voyagers to venture forth to unknown lands. This seafaring 'ohana was able to travel thousands of miles on double-hulled canoes because it was in touch with nature and the gods.

Tafa'i: A Tahitian Account of the Discovery of Hawai'i
Also, from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, this Tahitian version of the story of Tafa'i is from Teuira Henry's Ancient Tahiti (Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1928), pp.552-565.

Voyaging Traditions
Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘0lelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings from the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

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