The Waves of Hawaiian Settlers

30 06 2011

Cook's signature

It has been estimated that the first settlers arrives from the Marquesas Islands,
a group of volcanic islands in what is now French Polynesia, about 500 years after the birth for Christ. A second wave arrived in wa’a kaulua double-hulled canoes across the Pacific some five hundred years after the first. Native Hawaiians trace their ancestry back to the original Polynesian settlers of Hawaii. They lived undisturbed for hundreds of years until Captain James Cook’s ship arrived in 1778 and the lives of the Hawaiian people were never the same.

Death of Captain Cook and unfinished painting by Johann Zoffany


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