By Patrick Vinton Kirch

ISBN-10: 0824839552

ISBN-13: 9780824839550

In early Hawai‘i, kua‘āina have been the hinterlands inhabited by means of nā kua‘āina, or state people. frequently those have been dry, much less fascinating parts the place a lot ability and difficult paintings have been required to wrest a residing from the lava landscapes. the traditional district of Kahikinui in southeast Maui is one of these kua‘āina and is still one of many biggest tracts of undeveloped land within the islands. Named after Tahiti Nui within the Polynesian fatherland, its millions of pristine acres residence a treasure trove of archaeological ruins—witnesses to the generations of Hawaiians who made this land their domestic earlier than it used to be deserted within the overdue 19th century.

Kua‘āina Kahiko follows kama‘āina archaeologist Patrick Vinton Kirch on a seventeen-year-long examine odyssey to rediscover the traditional styles of lifestyles and land in Kahikinui. via painstaking archaeological survey and distinctive excavations, Kirch and his scholars exposed hundreds of thousands of formerly undocumented ruins of homes, trails, agricultural fields, shrines, and temples. Kirch describes how, starting within the early 15th century, local Hawaiians started to completely inhabit the rocky lands alongside the significant southern slope of Haleakalā. ultimately those planters reworked Kahikinui into what has been known as the best non-stop area of dryland planting within the Hawaiian Islands. He relates different attention-grabbing features of lifestyles in historical Kahikinui, corresponding to the seize and use of wintry weather rains to create small wet-farming zones, and decodes the advanced approach of heiau, exhibiting how the orientations of other temple websites offer clues to the gods to whom they have been devoted.

Kirch examines the sweeping alterations that remodeled Kahikinui after eu touch, together with how a few maka'āinana households fell sufferer to unscrupulous land brokers. but in addition woven through the e-book is the saga of Ka ‘Ohana o Kahikinui, a grass-roots staff of local Hawaiians who effectively struggled to regain entry to those Hawaiian lands. wealthy with ancedotes of Kirch’s own stories over years of box examine, Kua'āina Kahiko takes the reader into the little-known international of the traditional kua‘āina.

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