The First People From The Polynesians

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The first people to arrive in Hawaii were the Polynesians. They sailed from the Island of Marquesas to over 2000 miles across the river in canoes. In the 1000s-1300s, the Hawaiian settlements populated the islands with farms and shelters in the lower valleys, and where gardens grew on the driest edges of the valleys. The population grew rapidly during the 1300s - 1500s reaching its maximum size in the 1600s – 1700s. The dominant chief Island is Liloa, which promises the people peace.

Between the years 1760-1782 Keawe’s grandson, Kalani`opu`u, was the ruler in Hawaii. This was during a time when he led a riot against the son of Alapa’i, Keawe and when he met Captain Cook. After his acquaintance with Captain Cook, he let down the anchors
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In the year of 1791, Kamehameha united the armies of Hawaii. And in 1810, continued to unify all of the Islands of Hawaii into one royal Kingdom. King Kamehameha died nine years later. One year after the death of his father, Liholiho, abolished the ancient kapu system.

In 1820, the first Protestant missionaries arrived on the Hawaiian Islands which filled the void that was left after the end of the kapu system. Hawaii became a port for traders, seamen, and whalers, and grew rapidly in Lahaina Harbor Maui. However, throughout these years of growth, western disease took a heavy toll on the Native Hawaiian population.

The Western influence continued to grow, and in 1893, the American Colonists that controlled most of Hawaii 's economy, overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom. Five years later, Hawaii became a territory of the United States.

In the 20th century, sugar and pineapple plantations boosted Hawaii 's economy and brought an array of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Portuguese immigrants. Under the leadership of James Dole, Lanai became known as the “Pineapple Island,” and became the world’s leading exporter of pineapple. Hawaii’s population is so diverse today due to the mixture of immigrants.

The Polynesians who discovered Hawaii also discovered tropical vegetation, fertile soil, and many species of fish and wildlife. During each visit, they brought their own food, including taro, breadfruit, coconuts, sweet potatoes, sugar cane,
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