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Makawao History Museum

Preserving the History of Makawao Town

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  • The Museum began by people who love Makawao and its history. In ancient times, Hawaiians made the Makawao area home, known through the existence of archaeological sites within the region. The modern settlement of Makawao was probably built on the site of an ancient small village. According to Hawaiian practice, all lands belonged to the ali`i, or chiefs. Bowing to pressure in 1845, King Kamehameha III announced an experiment whereby commoners could own land in Makawao. This first break in the feudal land system led three years later to the Great Mahele, a policy that established a private system of land ownership throughout the kingdom. (Source: Museum Website)
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