Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ranks of Chiefs

Ranks of Chiefs Each Hawaiian was born into a class of people, and at the top were the rulers, a small but powerful class of chiefs, known as the aliʻi and in those days, the aliʻi was the government. The aliʻi were not all equal in rank, it is just a word that people are accustomed to using – they give the name aliʻi to all those from the very high to very low rank. In olden times, the kinds of aliʻi were classified according to their birth and the height at which each aliʻi stood.

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