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Definition

Ahupua‘a: was a political division of the lands in Hawai‘i. The ali‘i (kings) divided the land that they held into sections that were responsible for annual tributes to the royalty. Chiefs ruled the land and were appointed by the Ali‘i‘nui or high chief.

Each Ahupua‘a contained nearly all the resources that were required for survival. They were often entire valleys with the ridges serving as boundaries.

Hawaiian Translation: Ahupua‘a


Example

Ahupua'a

Ahupua‘a - from the mountains to the sea

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