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    Default What Is A Menehune?

    I have heard different answers ranging from a sort of Hawaiian leprechaun to it being a term used for laborers. What do the people here say a Menehune is? I'd be interested in your answers.

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    Lightbulb Re: What Is A Menehune?

    Some early scholars theorized that there was a first settlement of Hawaiʻi, by settlers from the Marquesas Islands, and a second, from Tahiti. The Tahitian settlers oppressed the “commoners,” the manahune in the Tahitian language, who fled to the mountains and were called Menahune. Proponents of this theory point to an 1820 census of Kauaʻi by Kaumualiʻi, the ruling aliʻi aimoku of the island, which listed 65 people as menehune.
    Kauaʻi, The Separate Kingdom
    Edward Joesting, April 1988

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    Default Re: What Is A Menehune?

    Thanks for your interesting reply. I never quite understood what they were. Some people made it sound like they were something to beware of, but I wasn't sure why. If they were an underclass, I could understand them working as laborers.


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