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Kua'aina Kahiko: Life and Land in Ancient Kahikinui, Maui

Patrick Vinton Kirch


In early Hawaiʻi, kuaʻāina were the hinterlands inhabited by nākuaʻāina, or country folk. Often these were dry, less desirable areas where much skill and hard work were required to wrest a living from the lava landscapes. The ancient district of Kahikinui in southeast Maui is such a kuaʻāina and remains one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in the islands. Its thousands of pristine acres house a treasure trove of archaeological ruins—witnesses to the generations of Hawaiians who made this land their home before it was abandoned in the late nineteenth century. This book follows a kamaʻā ... More

Keywords: Hawaii, kuaʻāina, Kahikinui, undeveloped land, archaeological survey, excavations, Native Hawaiians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839550
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839550.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Vinton Kirch, author
University of California, Berkeley