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Kua'aina KahikoLife and Land in Ancient Kahikinui, Maui$
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Patrick Vinton Kirch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839550

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839550.001.0001

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(p.75) 6 Time
Kua'aina Kahiko

Patrick Vinton Kirch

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter first considers the traditional Hawaiian methods of telling time and recounting the past. It then turns to the question of when people first settled in Kahikinui. The question can be answered in different ways. From the perspective provided by an extensive database of radiocarbon dates from sites throughout the moku, it can be said that the first permanent settlements began to appear over the landscape around A.D. 1400, although there is limited evidence for infrequent earlier visitations. In the broader context of Hawaiian cultural history, this also means that people began to permanently occupy Kahikinui in the Late Expansion Period (A.D. 1400–1650). The question about Kahikinui’s cultural chronology can also be answered from an indigenous Hawaiian perspective, in which time was reckoned by the generations of ruling chiefs. In this case, people would have begun establishing permanent settlements in the district by the time of the aliʻi nui (ruling chief) Kaʻulahea.

Keywords:   telling time, Hawaii, Kahikinui, settlement, Kaʻulahea

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