Huli Ka Palena

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2005-08
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Beamer, Brenton Kamanamaikalani
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Murton, Brian J.
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Geography and Environment
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2005]
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In this thesis I focus on the material aspects of colonialism/ occupation in Hawaiʻi through the use of specific ahupuaʻa and the huli or transitions of their palena or boundaries. Being a kanaka ʻoiwi (Native Hawaiian) researcher, I have experienced personally the effects and fallout of colonialism / occupation. As a result of the effects of colonialism and its accompanying indoctrinism, many kānaka as well as haole are unclear about traditional palena and what function these served in the daily management of traditional society. This thesis will consist of three parts: 1 - an examination of the traditional nature of palena; 2- some of earliest encounters with placing palena on maps during the early mapping initiatives of the Hawaiian Kingdom done through the Boundary Commission; 3 -An attempt to theorize why palena may have existed traditionally and how mapping attempts of them may not fit into traditional colonial mapping discourse. In order to fully understand the material aspect of colonialism/ occupation and how it affected the native inhabitants, one must first have an understanding of what the ʻaina (native land) was like prior to colonization/ occupation. A thorough understanding of native land systems and use is a pre-requisite to understanding how colonialism etched out changes in the landscape. The traditional system of land tenure in Hawaiʻi is most often characterized by Euro-American writers as resembling a "feudal" system. Though this term is of Western/European origins, it is one that most academics most normally apply to the system that existed previously to the Mahele.
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MA University of Hawaii at Manoa 2005
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 142–149).
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Hawaii, land tenure, konohiki system|place, palena, Hawaiian land terms, land distribution, Hawaiian epistemology, boundaries
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ii, 149 leaves, bound ; 29 cm
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Theses for the degree of Master of Arts (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Geography.
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