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Feathered gods and fishhooks.

Feathered Gods and Fishhooks, by Patrick V. Kirch (University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1985; $26 hardbound). In 1778, when Captain james Cook first landed on Kauai, he was amazed to hear the islanders speaking the same Polynesian tongue he'd heard on Tahiti, 2,700 miles to the southwest. His question, "How shall we account for this National spreading itself so far over this Vast ocean?" is one that anthropologists and archeologists have sought to answer since.

This scholarly yet readable book tells what has been learned about the Polynesian exploration and settlement of Hawaii. It's especially interesting if you plan on visiting such ancient Hawaiian sites as Honaunau, the City of Refuge.
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Date:Jan 1, 1986
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