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Discoverer's Day

What Hawaii Celebrates on Columbus Day


As the rest of the nation ponders the validity of Columbus Day, Hawaii residents are celebrating Discoverers’ Day, which, contrary to popular belief, does not celebrate the arrival of Captain Cook—but rather the achievements of Polynesian settlers.

Over the span of 800 years, Polynesians explored 16 million square miles of ocean and settled on every habitable island in the Pacific. Hawaiians and anthropologists believe the original explorers came from the Marquesas and Tahiti.

Many believe the Hawaiian Islands were the last settlements of the migration across Oceania around 300-600 A.D. However, there are spoken traditions of early interaction with Samoa and speculation that Hawaii was an origin of ... Read More
 
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