After Hawaii was ‘discovered’ by Capt. James Cooke in 1778,¬† many people who traveled to the Hawaiian Islands from other parts of the world were interested in researching the rich and intricate culture, traditions and history of the people who had inhabited the vast archipelago for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Because pre-contact Hawaiians did not have a written history (other than the numerous Petroglyphs found on every island), researchers have depended on oral traditions, study of language patterns, and visual observations to reconstruct the human history of the Islands. Here, these researchers¬† and explorers are grouped together as The Explorers.



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