“The history of Hawai’i may be seen as a story of arrivals.”
First, there were the plants and animals that made their way to the Hawaiian Islands unassisted by humans. Then, the Polynesian voyagers who became the first human inhabitants of the archipelago. Next, the European explorers of the late 18th century and the missionaries who followed them. And then, the waves of immigrants who came to work Hawaiʻi’s plantations. All of these arrivals influenced the direction of the Hawaiian Islands, as author Susanna Moore observes.
In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the major arrivals and events that have shaped Hawaiʻi as it exists today. It’s tough to do the islands’ fascinating and complex history justice in a few thousand words. However, if you’re planning a move to Oʻahu, Maui, the Big Island, or Kauaʻi, this timeline will give you a foundation for understanding how things work in the Hawaiian Islands.
Ultimately, we hope this is only the start of your journey toward understanding the history of Hawaiʻi.
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