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The Ancient Hawaiian State: Origins of a Political Society

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Egypt – China – Mesopotamia – and Hawaii? Archeologist Robert Hommon, who for years was senior cultural resource scientist for Hawaii's national parks, makes the case that both Hawaii and Tonga were developed political societies long before outsiders came to these islands. Like the Indus Valley, Mesoamerica and Andean South America, Polynesia was arguably a cradle of civilization. Howard Dicus asked Hommon about the case he outlines in his book,"The Ancient Hawaiian State," published by Oxford University Press [322 pp.] Two quotes at the start of the book speak to Hommon's themes. One is: "The branches grow because of the trunk." Mary Kawena Pukui. The other: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner.

For a detailed look of his findings, pick up his new book 'The Ancient Hawaiian State: Origins of a Political Society'.

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