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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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Domestic Life of Nā Kua‘āina

(p.115) 9 Kauhale
Kua'aina Kahiko

Patrick Vinton Kirch

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses excavations of household sites across Kahikinui. Nineteen kauhale (which translates “group of houses”) clusters were studied, most of which date to the pre-contact period, before European arrival in the islands. These house sites have opened a window on the world of the makaʻāinana (common folk) who made that windy land their home. It has revealed something of how they went about their daily routines; how they structured their lives in their humble kauhale; the menfolk offering prayers to the ʻaumakua (ancestors); men and women cooking their sweet potatoes in separate imu (earth ovens), yet eating together in the hale noa (wife and children), even as they roasted fish and other foods in separate hearths.

Keywords:   household archaeology, house sites, Hawaiian houses, Kahikinui, excavation, archaeological sites

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