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Gift Exchange and Interpretations of Captain Cook in the Traditional Kingdoms of the Hawaiian Islands

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The relationship between the kanaka maoli people of the traditional kingdoms of the Hawaiian Islands and Captain James Cook and his crew is interpreted in the context of a theory of gift exchange. It is argued that interpretations of kanaka maoli behaviour based on an implicit assumption that social relations were structured primarily by property rights leads to error. Instead, sense can be made of kanaka maoli behaviour only if a logic based on rights of person is taken into account.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: T. S. Dye & Colleagues, Archaeologists Inc., 735 Bishop St., Suite 315Honolulu,Hawai‘i,96813,

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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