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The Hawaiian Island Chain

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The Hawaiian Island chain is made up of 132 islands, and the eight main islands are Hawai’i, Maui, O’ahu, Kaua’i, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Ni’ihau, and Kaho’olawe. Hawai’i is also referred to as “The Big Island” so it is not confused with the name of the state. Hawai’i is most likely part of a longer name, so nobody knows what it actually means, but some believe it means something like “Place of the Water of Life” (King, S. K., 2017). Some people believe Maui is named after Maui Kupua, a shaman hero from legends (King, S. K., 2017). Maui is also called “The Valley Island” because it has so many valleys that were formed from the two volcanos on the island (Flanagan, J., 2017). O’ahu is “The Gathering Place” because of its high population and the…show more content…
The Hawaiians had a god for each aspect of life and nature, and because of this, numerous gods and goddesses were worshiped. The four most prominent gods, or akua, were Kane, the highest god, who was the father of living creatures, Ku, the god of war, Kanaloa was the god of the underworld, teacher of magic, and ruler of the ocean, and lastly Lono was the god of agriculture (To-Hawaii.com Staff, 2017). Some of the less prominent gods, or kapua, were Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, fire, lightning, and wind, Laka, goddess of the hula, and Kuula, who was the god of fishermen (To-Hawaii.com Staff,…show more content…
They also killed people if they violated a taboo or sacred place. If two people were fighting and one was dead while the other was very weak, the victor would eat the heart of his opponent because they believed it would give them strength, however, the Hawaiians were not actually cannibals, well most of them. One man they called Chief Man-Eater really was a cannibal, and they are not proud of him (Westervelt, W. D., 1915, p190). Legends are unclear whether he came from another island or if he only disguised himself as a foreigner so that his reputation would not follow him as easily. Chief Man-Eater convinced a small group of people to follow him when he was evicted from his community (Westervelt, W. D., 1915, p195-196). When they found a good place to live in the mountains, Chief Man-Eater and his followers built a permanent settlement, but they were close enough to people that they could easily steal a family away during the night for a meal. Eventually sickness and death claimed the lives of every last one of Chief Man-Eater’s followers until he was the only one left (Westervelt, W. D., 1915, p200). One day, a man looking for plants in the woods fell victim to Chief Man-Eater, and his brother soon found out about his demise. The brother knew Chief Man-Eater was a skilled fighter, so he trained until nobody on the island could beat him in a fight, then he
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