The Black Folks of Hawaii: Muurs of the Western Island – A Retrospect

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King Kamehameha
King Kamehameha
White Southerners, who settled the Hawaiian islands during the 19th Century had a song about the native people which ran, “You may call them Hawaiian, but they look like niggers to me.”

Setting aside their bigotry, the Southern settlers hit upon a fact which is studiously ignored by modern anthropologists and historians: the natives of Hawaii, America’s 50th State, were Black people whose ancestral roots extend back to the continent of Africa.

The story of the Black Hawaiians is one of the most tragic of modern times. It is a tale of adventure and gaiety in paradise that turned into a cultural nightmare. It is America’s best kept secret.

We must venture into antiquity to learn of the roots of the Black Hawaiians, whose glorious star, now vanished from the Heavens, once brightened the Pacific for two thousand years.

Most anthropologists, paleontologists and archaeologists around the world generally believe that human beings evolved on the continent of Africa, from 3 to 5 million years ago, and that they eventually spread from Africa into Europe, Asia the Pacific Islands and finally the Americas.

In time, these Black settlers developed very advanced societies that sent navigators to explore and settle various islands of the Pacific Ocean. They reached such places as New Guinea, Fiji, New Hebrides, New Zealand, the Society Islands, Tahiti, Easter Island and thousands more.

The first people to reach what is now Hawaii were Blacks from Polynesia – a name which means “many islands” – in the central Pacific. They sailed to Hawaii in giant canoes about 2,000 years ago.

The Hawaiians and their neighbors in the Pacific have long been the subject of controversy among scientists. The people in this part of the world are generally divided into three groups: Melanesians (the word means black islands), who are unmixed Black people; Micronesians (which means small islands), an ancient Black people who are now largely mixed with Asians; and Polynesians, a people who were also originally Black but have mixed historically with Asian Mongoloids and White Europeans.


The Black people themselves are an ethnological puzzle. Many like the Tasmanians, who were exterminated by English settlers were “pure” Blacks. The Australian Aborigines were also very dark with African features and curly hair.

“The basic strain of the original Hawaiians, as seen in their color and their faces,” writes historian J.A. Rogers in Sex and Race: Negro-Caucasian Mixing In All Ages and All Lands, “was undoubtedly Negro, with an admixture of mongolian.”

These people were of black and brown complexions with wavy or close-curled hair, broad facial features and fine physiques. In short, they had the same physical characteristics as millions of other people who now live in the Pacific Islands.

According to one early legend, these early settlers named their new home Hawaii in honor of a chief named Hawaii-Loa, who is said to have led the Polynesians to the islands. But the name Hawaii is also recognized as a form of Hawaiki, the legendary name of the Polynesian homeland to the west.

The ancient land of Hawaii was much like an African society. It was a series of islands ruled by strong-willed chiefs or kings who believed that they had descended from gods.

No written records of the islands were maintained, so a court genealogist, similar to the African griot, recited names, family exploits, battles and past glories of a proud people and their royal leaders.

Hawaiian life revolved around religious ceremonies. The heiau stone platforms, generally enclosed by stone walls, served the Hawaiians as temples. Inside these centers of worship were a number of objects for ceremonial use in various rituals.

They were used on numerous occasions, for to the Hawaiian people any new undertaking in life was cause for religious celebration. The principal Hawaiian gods were Kane (life), Lono (harvest) and Ku (war).

Closely linked to Hawaiian religious traditions was the kapu or law administered by the king. It was a rigid system of “rules and guides, do’s and dont’s, what’s and what-not’s” governing events from love-making and marriage to the season for catching certain fish.

It separated kings from commoners, men from women, and Hawaiians from foreigners. It was probably one of the most complex legal systems of the ancient world.


If ever there was a paradise on earth, the Hawaiians appear to have had it. Blessed by a glorious climate, the people basked in the sun, swam in clear water and participated in competitive games and sports.

They worked, to be sure, in order to live; but there was a fine line between work and play. Fishing, for example, was probably as much a water sport as a source of obtaining food.

The people shared their harvest so that no one was without food; and everyone found shelter in the marvelous huts built mainly from the leaves of palm and hala trees.

“The people worked, swam, sang and danced, isolated from most of the scourges of the rest of the world,” writes Maxine Mrantz in Hawaiian Monarchy, The Romantic Years. “But that was soon to be changed. The ‘Garden’ would be discovered.

“Gone would be the sunny static days of peace and order. Disease, decadence and cultural shock were to take a terrible toll of the Hawaiian people, decreasing their numbers alarmingly.”

This great change, however, was still far off in 1758, which was about the time of the birth of Kamehameha, nephew of King Kalaniopuu who ruled the island of Hawaii and the Hana district of the island of Maui.

At this time Hawaii was not ruled by a single king, but was a chain of islands (Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe), each ruled by a different monarch.

In 1780, before a council of chiefs, King Kalaniopuu officially named his older son, Kiwalao successor to his throne. But this was not to be. Kamehameha coveted the throne and set out to do all in his power to become king.

Following the death of King Kalaniopuu, Kamehameha aligned himself with a number of chiefs in battle against his cousin Kiwalao. Kamehameha defeated Kiwalao and thereafter proceeded to battle against the chiefs of Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

By 1810, King Kamehameha was the first to rule all the islands. Six other kings and a queen would succeed him to the throne.

Generally described as very dark and “extremely handsome,” Kamehameha (or Kamehameha, The Great, as he is often called) was a very capable ruler. He encouraged industry, promoted international trade, checked oppression and suppressed crime. His greatest drawback, however, turned out to be the faith he had in Europeans.

Captain James Cook was the first white man to reach Hawaii. He visited the islands in January of 1778, traded with the natives and was well treated. After returning to Hawaii in November of 1778 and remaining into the next year, he was killed when a quarrel arose between his traveling companions and the Hawaiians.

Legrand H. Clegg II, Editor and Publisher, July 1997

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    1. I have read this, it’s the only article that has answer my question about who the Hawaiians were. Thank you so much for the truth, that’s what I was looking for. It is a very sad story.

      1. It’s not the truth, it’s a total lie! He talked about evolution and 3.5 million years ago?
        That already tells you that it’s a deceptive lie.

  1. Good article. Ive heard from reading a book called God of Light God of darkness that some Hawaiian people worshipped a god with no human sacrifices thye called “IO”
    if there is further knowledge about this it needs to be shared too. Im not sure what to make if it all but it rang tru in my soul when i read that book…

    1. You are on the right track…and yes…before Kamehameha the first, before the battles, before the arrival of other Polynesians; there was and always will be “I’o”. I have never read that book but was always told of the time when all was of pure light and the development of the spirit was at a higher level by all than it is today. There was only one, omnipotent.

    1. What does polynesian mean? Is it a race?

      Original Hawaiians do have black skin and woolly hair like Africans.

      1. They are of Moorish descent originally. The Moors were ancient seafarers and traders long before the Europeans. We lived and settled all around our Earth including the Americas. Many of us were already here. Peace and Joy!!

    2. Elizabeth get a clue. The only reason some Hawaiians do not look black today is because they are walking around with the blood of their conquerors and those the conquerors brought from Asia to dilute their blood. this entire continent was covered with so called black people long before the white man decided to set sail looking for blood. You are probably one of those that believed so called black people came out of Africa as a result of slavery. Africa had black people and so did the other 6 continents. Black people’s migration out of Africa did not start with whites. And there were black people sailing the seas long before the white man decided he needed to spill the bloods of other races to satisfy his thirst for blood. I know a native woman who told me that her ancestors were trading with black tribes long before the white man came along.

      1. Hawaiians are genetically more closely related to Asians then Africans, they are an offshoot of Asians. It doesn’t matter what a person looks like.
        Why must black people adsorb other cultures to feel good about themselves?

        1. Why do people like you make such a big effort to whitewash history to fit your agenda? This article is talking about the original Hawaiians, not the influx of other people that came later. You would be saying the original Americans were European if Native Americans didn’t fight so hard to make their history known to the world. You got racist hillbillies calling the Hawaiians the n-word. It’s no need for black people to make up history. It is what is. Also, I wonder if you have ever seen the Khosian people of South Africa. One of the oldest people on the face of the Earth and more than likely the blueprint for the Asian phenotype from eyes, coloration and body type. Not only that, the Negrito people were the first inhabitants of large areas of the Asian mainland. People like you will never be able to keep real history from being discovered.

          1. The oldest evidence of human existence was found in alkebuland(Africa). Ignorance is what make some whites ignore the evidence. Blacks gave humanity it’s first civilization. Math,science, philosophy, music, and many other forms of art was the result. “Black” exists in all that’s human. Why is there a comprehensive study of black civilization “Egyptology “? What were “whites” prior to 2500 BBC..? Why aren’t we studying europeantology? In truth it was the white man that absorbed and destroyed other cultures. Once we as people realize that we’re all connected, the world will be better served.

        2. Your confused. The human race started with black people. There for black people and civilizations is the source of everything else. If you took the time to actually read you would understand that since black people were the first race to exist, explore, and populate the world. The people who have less melanin in their skin and there for have lighter skin are a product of genes and climate. That is all. So obviously over centuries or longer when your in a less heated climate and you have white europeans raping your people, it’s going to lessen the melanin in those people. This is not a self esteem issue. This is a matter of accurate history that is being kept from the public to enslave their minds to a world where white supremacists are in control. And it seems they have done a good job of enslaving your mind as well.

        3. Dna proves otherwise… may I have your sources please… and you know budda and ancient asia was also black… don’t be evil. Maybe if they didn’t take credit for and dehumanize blacks saying they lived in the stone ages and were made slaves….. maybe ull realize that a lighter hue can not make a black person so the original race was black… everyone DIDNT POP UP EVERYWHERE…. THE HUE WAS BLACK FOR THOUSANDS OF DECADES…… SUCK IT UP. What your feeling now is something you should observe.. Observe the jealousy of your ancestors revived in the age of information. They new the work may be plagiarized… DNA ACTUAL EVIDENCE IS PROVING… OH yea Europeans murdered these AFRICANS WHO OBVIOUSLY PROVED TO ORIGINATE THE FREAKING BOAT… Do you HONESTLY BELIEVE… THAT EVERYONE HAD THEIR OWN VERSION OF A BOAT THAT LOOKED EXACTLY THE SAME? OMFG LIKE DAM….do you think Egypt was made by ALIENS.. or are you smart enough to understand wich hue had to carve and paint themselves in the face of you… I guess aliens are black…. or really loved black people… you even tried to steal beetoven… this if anything is karma.. and your loving ansestors so ruthless hid this from you to protect the insecurity and the neckadness and shield the hidden truth under the garments… Lets count the bodies now… a number in wich you can not grasp. You will refuse to grasp… your only option is to say you are mixed in with every other race.. lol blend in now but its obvious that this sht happened like 300 years ago… whoever is black in America of the north down to America of the south … came here on a boat….FIRST…

        4. Anytime a black person observes himself publicly he’s silenced…yet there’s no quarrel if a German can trace his ancestry to the White House…go figure

        5. Deal with the fact that we all have that blood (African/Black).
          Sorry, your people weren’t the 1st to do ANYTHING, you might have been lastte

        6. Black People are the origin of all races except the White race. The White race started out as Neanderthals (caveman). Read your history. We don’t have to do anything to feel good about ourselves because we are Original and a unique race of people. Who do you think Asians are? The Asians were Black until you people whitewashed them. There were dark skin Mexicans, Brazilians, Hawaaiians, Chinese, Japanese, Native Americans, Latinos, etc. The world started out as a dark race of people. Do your research. Of course the White man covered all our history because they didn’t want us to know our history even to this day. They even shot off the noses of the artifacts of our people, don’t that tell you something? That’s the reason why you people hate us because you know exactly who we are.

      2. afrocentrics have been doing this for years, comparing phenotype and using it to justify why we’re suppose to be Black. And I just read this somewhere recently about how Europeans are much more genetically similar to Africans than they are to Polynesians.

        If anyone should get a clue, it’s you Mike. Why aren’t there any evidence of Africa in any of the islands? And why is it now with DNA, we show no similarities whatsoever with Africans? We’re even much more distantly related with Asians (over 13,000 years) and yet we are related to them versus an African. Remember the year that the first group of people left Africa and crossed the Levant?

        1. The first group of “people ” that left Africa were black. Not white,yellow, nor brown. The latter colors came from the blacks. You don’t have to claim your true heritage, but it’s yours. The creator made one race, man made many ethnicities.

          1. African , NOT BLACK! There is no proof the african source population of Euradians were Black sub saharan bantus whos modern descendants are the now called African Americans. This is the fallacy you guys keep repeating! Besides that, It now looks like Sub Saharan Bantus descend from a ghost population that must of bred with them after the Eurasians got the fuck outta dodge! It could of been Homo Erectus, or Homo Naledi, that all out of African Eurasians DO NOT descend from. Polys, Natives, Asians, and Euros have nothing to do with Africa, and were never black, only in your fantasies.

      3. As a “Polynesian” I appreciate your comment. It is true we have African roots. But we’re also mixed with the blood of our oppressor. I am working diligently to provide this information back to our people to be proud of our African roots. I hate being called Polynesian because it is a term given to us by white man.

        1. Hate is to cause harm. However you feel, you are life. Make it work. I love being Hawaiian during my past, my family our pit falls, ignorance. I still had love not perfect -great proudness. O’hana.

        2. Thanks for your kind of representation with your comment. Only a fool would not recognize everyone evolved from Africa meaning we all were black, and I’m not Afrocentric. Over time travel and climate changes the human evolves to adapt and survive which explains the skin color and feature changes .
          Of course, most races other than Black will deny it because they feel today’s “blacks” are far less advanced and intelligent cus we were the more recent wave of Humans to leave Africa. It’s a form of supremacy and a sense of dominance to not claim otherwise.
          I don’t understand this cause whites asians Polynesians etc love to bite today’s black culture in the form of hip hop rock n roll Soul blues raggae all an extension of tribal dance and song. But as soon as you get fed a dose of truth you deny deny deny
          But then again I do understand it, its like you all are subconsciously still connected to your African roots when immersing yourself in the arts and entertainment .

          One love one race !

      4. You are an ignorant stupid white person that doesn’t know shit about anything. Stick to figuring out your own race. What? You really don’t know that a bunch of you white people aren’t pure white and that you have jewish and irish in you. DNA speaks for itself. Jews and Irish people have black ancestry. And for years you guys have been mixing it up in Europe before you came and stole this land from the Natives of America and Hawaii. Also mixing it up with creoles that looked white in the U.S.
        Polynesians are of mixed race not black. Categorized on it’s own race. Look it up dumb ass. Also anyone with any tint of color in their skin has black in them. Get over yourself. Inferior my ass, white people were just lazy asses and liers. That’s why they couldn’t wash their own asses and took advantage of good hearted people. The judge over your Gentile asses will come upon you soon. ?

    3. Polynesian is a subrace of the mongoloid race & the mongoloid race & the negroid race are very similar in skin, hair texture. Many of the indigenous Polynesian groups does have african features.

    4. THANK YOU! We are not African. We are Polynesian. And Hawaiians traveled from Tahiti via the stars as navigation to get to Hawai’i.

      1. Every time your kids kid have kids with less and less African ish humans your DNA washes its African features of itself. Every continent was one land mass and separated over millions of years we all came from Adam and Eve who did not have straight hair or pointed noses actually they probably looked more like apes or caveman more advanced

        1. Adam and Eve did not look like apes. Primates are the result of whites mating with canines. Compare the skulls of dogs and monkeys.

    5. Polynesian means defending out of an admixture of Africans. Why are so many people ashamed of the antiquity of this world?

    6. You right. I’m part hawaiian/Caucasian hawaiian people ain’t black. Back in my days in the late 70’s visitors from every continent come to Hawaii. These visitors ask the most STUPID and HURTFUL questions You look like African then hawaiian and another stupid question they ask do you live in grass huts and eat fish. That really hurt my feelings the nerve to ask a stupid question I said no we don’t live in huts anymore.

    7. Elizabeth, Im sure that you are using the devisive racial and ethnic divides criteria that were put into place by some well meaning but biased thinking old guys in england! hundreds of years ago! Look at Kamehameha the First and Princess Ruth and Queen Lilioukalani and have seat!

  2. This is Incredible! Thank you so much, in sharing it with all my friends. And I went to Hawaii last year and they loved me (I’m black) and when I went to a luau and this gorgeous hawaiian man was telling me how hawaiians hate haoles for taking over their island and telling me how glad they were that king kamehameha killed some, but I find it really sad what they went through… Well thanks for showing this.

  3. Theory strewn with fallacies is no different than a drunk with a good story.
    Not one mention of DNA, very odd, because it has been proven through DNA that Kanaka Maoli is not connected to our African brothers and sisters. But, scientists have proven that white Europeans are genetically connected to their sister country, Africa going on 20 years now. DNA is just the seal of proof that for some reason is not being accepted by both of these country men.
    The author states it clearly, “The Hawaiians and their neighbors in the Pacific have long been the subject of controversy among scientists.”
    The division of race he states historically was not based entirely on scientific knowledge. Yet, scientists today continue to rely on this form of explanation to steer the direction of their own theories.
    This author quotes a very honorable, intelligent, well-traveled author, researcher and self-educated scholar who was a well-known humanist. Ultimately pursuing his own ideas of how humanity was interconnected and how Africans had contributed to the world, trying to establish and justify the rights of Africans in the development of the history of this world. Rightfully so.
    But here is where the words need to be analyzed: Rogers states that what he ‘Sees’ is ‘undoubtedly Negro with an admixture of Mongolian.’ The word is ‘sees” there is no science behind it, based only on what he has observed and lived. Which I take the liberty in guessing that any person whose skin is not white is ‘black’. Sadly, this is like saying any one whose eyes is slanted is Japanese. Which is obviously not so.
    Mongolians is not any closer in relationship to the Kanaka Maoli, either.
    For those whose comments refer to modern Kanaka as mixed, I agree with you, partially. There are pure Kanaka whose blood is not mixed and are not dark, nor are their features any where what people stereotype them to be. But, how many could you say you know and how many have seen a pure Kanaka, today? For some reason, there are many people who are not of the blood of Kanaka who claim to be. I am amazed at how many wannabes there are. Which means they are a people to be admired as it is their culture to accept all.
    Oh my, to compare ancient Hawaii to that of African society because they both believe that they are decedents of gods. So, are Africans related to those ‘Asian’ people who know their emperors are direct line of the gods, today? You are limited in your knowledge of the history of Hawaii and have not researched enough to speak on this subject.

    This is not to disgrace Rogers but to acknowledge his quest for humanity. We are all interconnected.
    We share the same land called Earth. We sleep in the same bed, Earth. We share One Race, the Human Race.
    All men were created by the Great Spirit Chief, they are all brothers. Chief Joseph.

  4. Yes, I believe the original race of Hawaiians are a black race. I saw the pic of the last queen at the museum and both she and all of those that surrounded her were black. All black races were integrated when the whites came but they continued the culture and now those people think they are the original sorry you are not. This world is so poisoned by white supremacy that everyone has a problem with the real truth. They are become lovers of the lie. The white man being the Father of it!!

  5. The website link isn’t mine, yet it covers the history of Hawaiians. Do check it out. I used to live in Honolulu, Hawaii for approximately two years. I lived on both sides of the island as well, the leeward and windward sides. The Bishop Museum holds the answer to the issue of were Hawaiians Black descended. Yes. The photos at the museum show a very dark complexioned, Afro wearing people. These people were of African descent and likely traveled by boat from the Mother Continent to populate the area as did many others. It is quite difficult to accept that Africans were the Original First People of the Earth. Truth cannot be contained forever.

  6. Why did you stop at 1810 in the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom? In 1840 we went from a absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Declaration of Rights and seperation of powers. November 28th, 1843 The Hawaiian Kingdom’s independence was recognized by Great Britain and France. In 1852 The Hawaiian Kingdom abolishes slavery. In 1854 The Hawaiian Kingdom was declared a neutral country during the crimean war. On January 17th, 1893 the Comittee of Safety with help of the U.S military committed treason by illegally overthrowing the government and claiming themselves to be the new government. They arrested the Queen and put her in jail. They tried to annex Hawaii by treaty, but it was withdrawn by U.S President Cleveland. An investigation took place and they found out that U.S citizens assisted in the illegal overthrow. Two executive agreements were made by Queen Lili’uokalani and President Cleveland to restore the government and restore her to her throne. But the senate didn’t want that to happen, they wanted Pearl Harbor. So they made Cleveland into a lame duck for the next 4 years to end his term. McKinley gets into office and they try again to annex Hawaii. Hawaii is currently being ran by criminals who committed treason. The treaty of 1898 could not get the 2/3 majority in the senate because of the Ku’e Petitions. Instead of a treaty, in 1898 the U.S illegally annexed Hawaii by a joint resolution. A law passed by congress has no power beyond it’s own territory. How can they annex the Hawaiian Kingdom without a treaty? They can’t! Under international law that’s a warcrime. Also Americanization is a warcrime. Destruction of property is a warcrime. Illegally taxing a foreign country for 117 years is also a warcrime. Many warcrimes have been committed against my people for 122 years. The U.S has been Illegally occupying the territory of the Hawaiian Kingdom for 117 years. Where is the treay? There isn’t any!

    1. Mahalo Keala for putting out the detailed history about the crimes against our people and islands by the US govt. which has never been resolved and I don’t know why when history speaks for itself.V4

      I don’t believe we came from Africa. As Denise explains so well, there’s no science to support this claim and King Kamehameha the great did not look popolo. I’m a descendant and I think I would know.

  7. I am a great great Great great great great great great granddaughter of King Kamehameha And of mixed racial ancestry. I have been studying Hawaiian and Polynesian history for over 20 years As well as African history. I want to interject some truths into this discussion. First of all Let’s start with some indisputable science. Polynesians are in fact a mixture of about 33% black African DNA, Then Asian, Middle Eastern and even some Caucasian.There are Hawaiians and Polynesians that look actually 100% black, curly hair, very dark skin, etc. there are Hawaiians who have straight hair and look more Middle Eastern or Asian. There are so many issues going on here such as skin color, cultural identity, etc. we who are descendents of Kanka Maoli should be respectfully entitled to present the facts with all due respect to our African brothers. If you have not lived in Hawaii and experienced An experienced Hawaiian culture It’s not really possible to tell the whole story. Just like Hawaiians do not know what goes on in Africa. This is not meant in any disrespect nor is it an attempt to whitewash away our black African ancestry. This has happened as we know in the past and some white people, not all, due to their hatred of blacks want to erase the achievements of black people all over the world. At the same time it would be hypocritical to have racial hatred for Caucasians as many Hawaiians have a majority of Caucasian blood in them. Kamehameha No doubt looks black, curly hair etc., some of the royalty does also but I think it’s an oversimplification and a bit of a stretch to say that Hawaiians are black. There is a big difference between having black ancestry and being black. If we want to get right down to it, the original black Africans are from Nubia and Sudan and are the darkest people in the world and in Africa. Race mixing has been going on for tens of thousands of years and one day undoubtedly most people will look less and less white because the majority of the worlds population is in India and China and the Chinese are spreading all over the world. Even in Africa there are now Chinese and African mixed-race people now showing up. Racial hatred is wrong regardless of its intended target and it’s also very hypocritical to say it’s bad for whites to hate blacks but when people hate whites there seems to be a free pass for that. Racial hatred of any kind never leads anywhere good. Racism goes back to tribalism because before the races started mixing, people were fighting and killing each other over resources in tribes. The Hawaiians kill each other in wars for land and resources just like they are doing in Sudan right now, in Sudan you have major bloodshed between the two major tribes. I don’t want to get off on that issue but it needs to be addressed. Hawaiian society before the white man was good but for the common people if you read your history it was not that great because they could be killed by the chief class for no reason And ironically the chiefly class was probably more of the black DNA class.Again this is not an attempt to whitewash the blackness out of Hawaiians but Hawaiians truly are a mixed race even before any white man came. Middle Eastern people and Asian people are mixed with some hawaiian and black but you need to understand that Middle Eastern and Asian people have been mixing with white people for 50,000 years, in fact why people are probably just a Subgroup of Asians who lost their melanin. It is also a fact that the darker skinned people have dominant genetics probably because our DNA is trying to get back to being dark skinned, when two people, a dark skin and white skinned persons mix, The dominant gene takes over and 99% people come out looking like the darker skinned person. It’s just like this whole Shawn King controversy where he is being questioned about being black, he obviously looks part black to me but his father was part black and part white and his mother is white but people will put him in the black category and that’s neither here nor there but it just goes to show you that people are so obsessed with skin color. Back to Polynesians, so the facts are Polynesians do have black DNA fact, they did a DNA study about it years and years ago 33% black African but I don’t think any Polynesian, who is a pure blooded Polynesian, would consider themselves a black African. Polynesians and Hawaiians in particular are very proud in my opinion even prouder than any black person about being Hawaiian because there are hardly any left so Hawaiians are very defensive about who is a Hawaiian and who is not and Hawaiians are also very racist because there are Hawaiians who are part white but unfortunately they do not look like to have a drop of Hawaiian blood yet Someone who has no Hawaiian blood, will make racial comments and do racist things to them even though they have Hawaiian blood. This goes back to the stupidity of racism. Hate somebody because of What they do not because of what they look like but this happens even when somebody is part black in part white but they look black, remember the Rodney King riots? A lot of so-called light-skinned blacks got accidentally beaten up By dark skinned blacks because they thought there were white, This is the madness of racism, racism is a mental disease and is really chicken shitt. Because people end up attacking their own people like their own cousin because they are so angry they can even reason like a human being. Now let’s go to Madagascar which is a very interesting place in Africa because it is a half Polynesian half African culture and ethnicity so this is probably where Polynesians came from but there is some dispute about this. Point being, our Polynesians part black and Hawaiians part black? Yes. Do Hawaiians consider themselves black people? No. This is not culturally Hawaiian. Hawaiians have her own distinct culture and history and I know some Hawaiians wrong or right will be insulted by being called a Polynesian or Samoan or black. There is no race on earth more proud of what’s left of their Hawaiian blood which is less and less. Maybe 200 Hawaiians of pureblood left so they want to be recognized as Hawaiians, yes many are part black but Hawaiians are Hawaiians and let’s give the pureblood Hawaiians that honor. So King Kamehameha was my ancestor and means I’m part black African and that’s fine it’s good, not ashamed of it but I’m sorry but I’m part Hawaiian and I would not call myself black, I don’t know how much black I have and I’m proud of it but black society will never accept it and if I was walking down the street I could be beaten up by black people for not looking black because I look Middle Eastern or maybe Mexican and those of the sad reality. Unless you are black looking people will not accept you because people only see What the little pea brains make them think, if they see somebody who looks Native American and white they will not think they are black even though they might be. Look at Quincy jones daughters, They do not look Black like Whoopi Goldberg Who there is no question she is black, Quincy Jones daughters look Puerto Rican or Mexican or something but they do not look under percent black and that is what makes race is and we just need to get over it. Tupac was saying that we should have no makes race people but when his Dick get hard for nice mixed-race girl he change his mind so this is the hypocrisy of it all. People say : we don’t like mixed-race people But they they marrying them.And even the moron who said the quote about Hawaiians look like niggers was married to a Hawaiian lady so let’s celebrate our black culture and heritage and whatever else race we are and focus on good deeds and helping each other and maybe we just need to Get rid of all the racist people whoever they are and we will have a better world

    1. So with all sincerity that was beautifully spoken up until the part where is pea brain racist people that’s black would actually beat a person up just because they looked Mexican or Native American. Now that was undoubtedly undeniably some racist ass shit!!!!. But you claim you got black and you in you proud. It seems to me like that’s a lot of self hatred and undoubtably by the spirit of your words you don’t like black people. And probably most of the Hawaiian community don’t like black people as well. You have leading renowned scientist, biologist, paleontologist, historians, some renowned and leading in their Fields who would tirelessly some not all, would passionately prove that people of dark complexions are not all of African descent. To me that saying we are undoubtably the most hated race ON PLANET EARTH!!!!! And you who claim to be of ancestral of the Great King Kamehameha, just spoke and conveyed thoughts and ideologies of a racist person!!!!!.. Black people need to wake up, and stop trying to claim races that undoubtably do not like us. We need to focus on us we are the most hated race on planet Earth. And this is sad but in actuality this is the truth. My black brothers and sisters of true African descent we need to teach our children of this truth, not hatred or blanket statements but the TRUTH…

      1. I agree with Colland Paine the black race is the most hated race on planet earth and black people being the most hated race on planet earth should stick together instead of trying to pick races that they do not look like because at the end of there black and the whole world knows this !!!!??

      2. One love you will be hated for my names sake lest he carry your cross a also be worthy tii the end is saved he that overcomes the truth shall set you free jeramiah remember your first love the ancient paths black is sacred to me my king I am slave now ashamed of the evil people Emanuel ??? God with us only I am called teacher besides me there is no other I sum the whole matter up love n help each other not hate or judging others forgive forget if you love me obey my words live them only no negativity there is no bad in good be holy as I am perfect sent by my father in heaven only him shall you worship serve each other in love peace heal feed clothes cash protect uplift carry teach befriend the poor at heart there’s is the kingdom of heaven my chosen ones are nice sing while you work happy in service feed my sheep teach them be meek humble sweet not angry hot mad love your enimies ect.

    2. Tanata,
      Very long demonstration. However it lacked any references, and seemed more emotiotional than factual. Though nevertheless raised many questions one of which is why do you refer to melinated peoples as “black” and those of pale European descent “white”? Are black and white nationalities?
      If Hawaii was and is a kingdom whose jurisdiction did it fall under for kingdoms and their kings/ queens have always been a part and subject to Empires

    3. Very true. While Blacks have traveled to most continents so have the Chinese. That doesn’t mean we’re ‘the’ first to settle anything. As far as we know multiple ethnic groups could’ve settled some of these places. In “Lies My Teacher Told Me’, Dr. Loewen talks about the races in the US intermarrying and living harmoniously before slavery. In Maryland alone there were over 600 biracial kids and that speaks volumes when some of the states had less than 100 residents!
      Factual history is one thing but saying we founded every country in the world is not true whatsoever.

      1. The first people were the purist form. Now, most are mixed. Biracial imply multiple races. There’s only one. All human differences can be explained. No one is better than the other. Lack of melanin, and why is a factor.

      2. Karina, blacks were the first people on earth. Not better, just first. We are only made special by those who attempt critique that fact. Why do we have Egyptology? Why isn’t there Asiantology, euopeantology, etc. Read and observe the world around you. The evidence is becoming more assessable.

    4. Right on, let the real Hawaiins stand up no matter how few of you guys are left BE PROUD BE HAWAIIAN but deny your ancestry which is african Asian and european Also many are miscommunicating the article. It’s not saying deny your Hawaiian cus your black no! It’s making you realize were you come from. We all originated from Africa. Anyone who researches science and history or reads the Bible knows this !!!!It’s not saying black in the sense of what we socially identify as black in today’s world. Be cus culturally a black person wont identify a Hawaiian as black or vice versa

  8. I’m also a blood relative of Royal Hawaiian lineage, my great grandmother and grandmother were called negroes back in the day when people really didn’t know the difference between blacks and Polynesians.

    Funny you say you look Hispanic or Arab, as that is the most common thing I get mustaken for although we have have very distinct and dominant aspect as Maori that I could say tends to lead towards African. We build body muscle up extremely fast, yet we share with africans the same problems associated with heart and cholesterol problems.

  9. Thanks for sharing this post. I presume the recent interest relates to the government sponsored push for a native political body to support the occupation of Hawai’i (

    Anyway, I am struck by the fact that the points here are largely and commonly grounded in colonial concepts of Europa. What did “black” used to mean and to what was it applied, in truly ancient times of original peoples? The words, their current meanings, and the proported scientific (?impartial) arguments that support one perspective over another are Not culture and politics-free. Black, mixed, white….the common person has no unbiased basis upon which to claim a precolonial knowledge of these word symbols or their cultural/contextual equivalent, in part, because the classification of “man” has been so muddled through genocide and extermination of people, cultures, and language. That is not to say an original understanding of such classifications are not documented…such understandings are simply uncommonly known and narrowly propogated.
    Using the contemporary word symbol “Archetypal Aboriginal” to describe the original inhabitants and their apparent descendants across this “planet” is about as shared a theory as we are likely to get. Does anyone seriously doubt the original peoples of this planet and its lands were richly melanated peoples? To be sure one does not have to strive for nor achieve conscensus from the miseducated or complicit masses to claim, research, or explore the logical truth of one’s heritage, especially when so many classification policies and laws were designed to make people fit into the boxes set by European colonialism. Choose one tribe in the post-European Americas, fully melanated inhabitants were deemed Aborigines rather than “native American” based on phenotype. Check the books….research….talk with the elders….non of whom shared family histories of being “African” (symbol etymology?) but were proudly and apparently Archetypal Aborigines mound builders and forest dwellers.

    1. Back in the days of slavery, a white man freed his slave and married her. His race status changed to “Negro” from that point on. Race is politically/socially constructed under colonialism.

      DNA is also interesting. We inherit 50% of our genes from each parent but we don’t necessarily inherent all genes our parents have. So, if a parent is 100% Asian and other parent is 30% African/20% Asian, that child’s DNA may show very little African DNA and pull more on the Asian side. That could affect phenotype. So DNA can mask our genetic heritage. e.g., many Black/Native American descendants’ DNA test results does not show Native American. They hear stories but DNA pulled towards African DNA. It’s not totally reliable.

      Genealogy is great but we have to live with a certain imagination of the origins of our ancestors. Some idiot told me King Kamehameha was from the Balkans lol. How could that be… we share common ancestors & no such theories exist! Actually I have heard about Kanaka Maoli coming from Northern Africa (e.g., Egypt) & the America’s. Our genealogy offers glimpse of where we come from, our relationship to our homelands, our relationship with our ancestors, etc.,. That is a stronger reality for us than our “blackness.”

  10. Come on with this stuff, man!

    Truly, if people originated from there then there would be no need to have any other group of people, like Chinese, Japanese, Chilean, etc. because that would be the portal of human production. More would pop-up in Africa without having to migrate there.

    To go 2 million years, they aren’t talking about people, brother (but ancestors of Homo sapiens). And even if they were, all people including so called Africans of this age would be equally distant from that ancestor. We don’t owe any homage to that group of people like they are the source of life. No idolatry here!

    And if it was true what validity would it have other than that everybody started from there.

    You know a man of honor does not seek to gain glory for them-self. To me this idea only brings glory to people, nothing else.

    To say a Korean, Samoan, or anybody originated there, is it just to say respect ‘us’, we are the originals, what’s the purpose.

    What did people do to make themselves, I have never seen a person come to life on there own, no and so will never glory to man.

    I can’t believe people actually believe this stuff.

    Give glory to GOD!

    People are connected but are also distinct.

    Proof is in the pudding put Sudanese with Sudanese and you will never, never, never get a Chinese, Tongan, Hawaiian, British, or Torrese Strait Islander looking baby.

    If they can do that and then we can talk.

    ITS A LIE.

    And It’s just what people have been programmed to believe.

    Peace to all and let’s lift up the oppressed everywhere, we owe that to each other. Peace to all people who care for there fellow man.

    GOD is true.

    1. God is the truth and will never let lies continue to be told. Have you ever seen the Khosian people of South Africa? One of the oldest people on the face of the Earth. No mixing with Asians yet they and Asians have a similar look from their eyes to coloration. More than likely, this is where the Asian phenotype derived from. It keeps being told to you that the first human beings came from Africa, with the racist ideology that has been spread for centuries, why do you think this kept being said? God loves the truth. This Asian scientist thought he was a 100% Asian and Asians developed outside of everyone else. Guess what, he found out he had African DNA, too. V

      1. That’s not racist the fact that every race came from Africa is not racist but I would also like to point out that sceintist have proven the black or African race is the only race that can make any other race in the world.

        1. Black people are not gods, so no they can’t create other races of people. It was the evolution and environment that created other phenotypes and races of people. The people who live in Africa have also changed and evolved over many thousands of years and do not look like their ancient ancestors either, just like other non African Eurasians.

          1. Your comment is exactly the reason there is this debate. IGNORANT. White man or any other derivative of Africa which is everyone is afraid that black people will think they are Gods if this truth is told. And we subconsciously know the strength and power of a black man but we as black people are much more humble and wiser than your statement cus we know God created homo sapians Adam and Eve and we also know that humans have evolved. So don’t be afraid Blacks are not Gods cus God is God but we are super human lol … just jokin every race evolved has made important Godlike contributions

          2. Once you realize that Jesus was black you will stand corrected. Try searching for the oldest images of Him and His mother Mary. Before European painters applied their features to images of Him. And by the way He said thou shall not kill so there for “survival of the fittest” evolution concept is null and void. Traveling around to conquer kill and exploit native people in order to preserve themselves, is not what He wants them to do. Someone else made a comment that Egyptians were Aliens Stop watching that stupid show ancient aliens on the History channel that has no black programming EVER.

            Any once we all get Jesus right the debate will squashed.

          3. Your an idot Zion, you comment is the epitome of dumb N*gga! Still worshipping your invented white god that your first master taught you and your kin.

    2. Who’s god? Don’t try to confuse to hide your ignorance. Is it difficult to understand that the first man was black based on scientific evidence. Accept that, and you might begin to understand your relationship. There are reasons that we look different, but we are all human. Black men being first doesn’t make him better, just first.

  11. Hey, I’m Samoan, Papuan, and Native Hawaiian. I’ve gotten my dna checked and I’m not 1% African. It says I’m from Oceana, south East Asian, and Australian. My black skin comes from my Melanesian lineage which is oceanic Austronesian bloodline, there have been non African blacks in Oceana and South East Asia long before. No disrespect I don’t believe that we are descendant of Africans we came from ancestors of Australia the most distinct bloodline not related to anyone besides Austromelanesian Asians. Many Melanesians get offended when we are said to be descendants of any other race. We are our own people.

    1. Hawaiian Y-DNA:

      Haplogroup K [M9]

      This is the haplogroup of about 18% who report their paternal line as Polynesian.

      K is an old lineage presently found only at low frequencies in AFRICA, Asia, and in the South Pacific.

      One descendent line of this lineage is restricted to aboriginal Australians, while another is found at low frequency in southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.

    2. Look it up, those aborigoanal astrualians are actually black Africans it’s been proven that the first sea faring people were black Africans look at the andamanese and others like them, the first human found in the Americas was a black woman from a tribe of sea faring black people who also made stops in Hawaii and Easter island before any other group of people were even on the island, but look at their descendants today they don’t look black at all but they’re her descendants proven through a DNA test. So it has been proven that the first Hawaiians were Black Africans, the reason most people deny it is because they don’t know the facts or they’ve been taught to hate there African ancestry. We are the first humans everywhere due to many African tribes migrating out of African through out the entire world including Hawaii, you people can use phenotypes to try and disprove facts, but since those first Africans blood would definitely be diluted due to interbreeding with Europeans and Asians who inhabited the land long after Africans had made it their home. But facts are that the original “Polynesians” were Africans no doubt.

    3. You are among the sincerely ignorant. There is only one “black”. Be Samoan or anything else you choose, you have the Black African genealogy. If you would realize what you are attempting to disown, your original people who gave mankind its first civilization, you might take a more intellectual stand. You have much to be proud of in this world. Who stand out in music,inventions, athletics,etc.? There is no wrong in accepting your ethnicity, but you shouldn’t deny it’s basis. I know that if you took time to study African cultures, you would find similarities in yours. For example, “aloha”.

    4. Yes, you are your own tribe. Yet remember, all the people on this earth descend from Black people and yes the Australian Blacks are the very first Blacks on the planet.

  12. Robert Maui and Jahdey, new studies suggest that Australoid Black Melanesians are many years older than African lineage, and that Oceanic tribes derived from the much older Australian brothers moved east from Australia and not Africa. Dr. Rebecca Cann also disproves the old theory by sampling mitochondrial DNA from 112 full blooded Aboriginal Australians and proves that the mItochondrial DNA is much older than the African mitochondrial sampling by 400,000 years with 2 DISTINCT lineages not found anywhere else, 1% to no relation to any other bloodline besides Oceanic tribes deriving from SE Asia or the original Maharlikan Kingdom, some traces also found in south Western part of South America but barely enough to make a dent. There are 10 tests from Australian scientists that also coencide with this new theory.

    1. Read the Bible and it will tell you we all came from Adam and Eve in AfricA
      or listen to scientists and they will tell you we came evolved from Apes in Africa. Either way AFRICA is everyone’s MOTHERLAND. This being said is truth it’s not telling u to not be prideful or deny a specific part or more prominent part of your ancestry.

      There was first breath in Africa well actually the earth was one land mass before it broke apart into continents and than travel worldwide.

      1. Africa is NOT everyones homeland Dumb Nigga! Not everyone swallowed the koolaid that your white Massas beat thru yout head, so africa is not eryones homeland! All indigenous people worship their own gods, and are indigenous to their own very dpecific homelands and territories! Most of their gods are far older and more powerful than Gay Jesus you Idiot!

    2. Hawians and all of the people of the black and brown skin people of the south pacific , are all originally from the mother country Africa the oldest continent. White people have fooled the world with there bull crap lies

    3. The very first Blacks on this planet (from 76,000,000,000,000 years ago) had straight hair and looked like the Aborigines (Koori). The sub-Saharan Blacks are a product of the scientist, Shabazz, who took his family and other followers into the tropical areas of Africa to create another type of people. That was 50,000 years ago.

  13. I have heard a lot of good things but I’m gonna go with the latest (DNA ) cause if DNA can tell me that 99.99 percent of a pregnancy that it is my child, then DNA is the most correct and until another science can prove more accurate I will live with DNA. It prove to be right for me again exceptance is the key to my problem of Identifing with my origins.

  14. Yes, you are your own tribe. Yet remember, all the people on this earth descend from Black people and yes the Australian Blacks are the very first Blacks on the planet.

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