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

Patrick Vinton Kirch

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In early Hawai'i, kua'?ina were the hinterlands inhabited by n? kua'?ina, 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 kua'?ina and remains one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in the islands. Named after Tahiti Nui in the Polynesian homeland, 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.

Kua'?ina Kahiko follows kama'?ina archaeologist Patrick Vin- ton Kirch on a seventeen-year-long research odyssey to rediscover the ancient patterns of life and land in Kahikinui. Through painstaking archaeological survey and detailed excavations, Kirch and his students uncovered thousands of previously undocumented ruins of houses, trails, agricultural fields, shrines, and temples. Kirch describes how, beginning in the early fifteenth century, Native Hawaiians began to permanently inhabit the rocky lands along the vast southern slope of Haleakal?. Eventually these planters transformed Kahikinui into what has been called the greatest continuous zone of dryland planting in the Hawaiian Islands. He relates other fascinating aspects of life in ancient Kahikinui, such as the capture and use of winter rains to create small wet-farming zones, and decodes the complex system of heiau, showing how the orientations of different temple sites provide clues to the gods to whom they were dedicated.

Kirch examines the sweeping changes that transformed Kahikinui after European contact, including how some maka'?inana families fell victim to unscrupulous land agents. But also told throughout the book is the saga of Ka 'Ohana o Kahikinui, a grass-roots group of Native Hawaiians who struggled to regain access to these Hawaiian lands.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Patrick Vinton Kirch
Forlag
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9780824839550
Antall sider 448 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,4cm
Vekt 621 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Archaeology by period / region