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Social Integration and the Ala Loa: Reconsidering the Significance of Trails in Hawaiian Exchange

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dc.contributor.author Mills, Peter R.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-04T19:50:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-04T19:50:33Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation Mills, P. R. 2002. Social Integration and the Ala Loa: Reconsidering the Significance of Trails in Hawaiian Exchange. Asian Perspectives 41 (1): 148-66.
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17166
dc.description.abstract A large network of coastal trails on Hawai'i Island was recently designated as a National Historic Trail, but our understanding of the trail has been limited to historical documentation supported by scant archaeological data. The current study is based upon an archaeological survey of a 2-mile section of the trail in Kona where it crosses through a dozen ahupua 'a (traditional Hawaiian land divisions), and considers the significance of the coastal trail in relation to Hawaiian land use and exchange. Findings suggest that a trail paved with waterworn stones followed the same straight route as the current trail, which has been affected by numerous historical era modifications. Along with similar known examples in Kona, this finding calls into question a common assumption that all precontact and early historical Hawaiian coastal trails meandered along the contours of the coast. In addition to supporting chiefly endeavors such as the collection of tribute during the annual Makahiki festival, it is suggested that the straight trail may have supported regular exchange of domestic commodities across ahupua 'a boundaries in the prehistoric or premissionary eras, and broadens our anthropological perceptions of interdistrict exchange in relation to ahupua 'a economics. KEYWORDS: Hawai'i, Kona, trails, Ahupua'a, exchange.
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 41
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 1
dc.subject Hawai'i
dc.subject Kona
dc.subject trails
dc.subject Ahupua'a
dc.subject exchange
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.title Social Integration and the Ala Loa: Reconsidering the Significance of Trails in Hawaiian Exchange
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2002 - Volume 41, Number 1 (Spring)


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