Saturday, May 26, 2018

200-YEAR-OLD KŪ RETURNS TO HAWAI`I


































San Francisco Chronicle - May 23, 2018

A 200-year-old carving of the war god Ku has returned home to Hawai`i after spending untold years abroad and in the hands of private collectors.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, purchased the rare piece at a November auction at Christie’s in Paris, paying more than $7 million for the figure, which is less than 2 feet tall.

The San Francisco couple then donated the piece to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, which announced the acquisition this week.

“We felt strongly that this ki`i (Hawaiian for image) belonged in Hawai`i for the education and benefit of its people,” Marc Benioff said.

The carving, made sometime between 1780 and 1819, had been in the collection of Claude Vérité, a Paris art dealer, who apparently acquired it in 1940. It’s unclear where the carving was before that.

Similar pieces are found only in museums, said Susan Kloman, head of African and Oceanic Art at Christie’s, in a description of the piece prior to the auction. She described the carving as “an incredible discovery.”

“When I first saw this figure I was astonished — really speechless,” she said. “We couldn’t imagine that such a work could still exist in a private collection.”

Benioff said he learned of the piece only a day before the auction, when Danny Akaka Jr., Hawaiian cultural practitioner and Bishop Museum board member, called to ask for the billionaire’s help.

The carving was probably part of a temple on the Big Island, where King Kamehameha I prayed to Ku to unify the Hawaiian islands, Benioff said. Missionaries presumably boxed it up along with other sacred Hawaiian relics and sent it to Europe.

It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return something like this to its home, Benioff added.

“It was either going to go back into someone’s living room for another 200 years,” he said, “or it was going to go back to Hawai`i and be on display for the Hawaiian people.”

Benioff, who owns an estate in Hawai`i, said he had to beat out a “significant bidder,” to get the item.

“It’s a spiritual item,” he said. “It’s not really something that should be held to help the power of one person.”

The carving was returned to the islands about a month ago — the land-eater idol arriving about a week before the eruption of the Kilauea volcano — the timing of which was not lost on Benioff....

Friday, May 25, 2018

GENIUS AT WORK

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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"WHY ALOHA IS NO LONGER ENOUGH"

You Read That Right - In Hawai`i Aloha Is No Longer Enough.

But Isnʻt Aloha Hawai`iʻs Most Successful Brand?

If Aloha Alone Will No Longer Cut It, What Else Is Needed?

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SIGN OF THE TIMES

Monday, May 21, 2018

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

SAVING HAWAI`IʻS ENVIRONMENT ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"Saving Hawai`iʻs Environment - A Visit With Marti Townsend"

With Sierra Club Hawai`i turning fifty years old, we decided to talk with itʻs Director Marti Townsend. She told us Sierra Club Hawai`i has been busy inspiring people of all ages to get outdoors, experience Hawai`iʻs unique environment and get involved protecting Hawai`iʻs endangered places. She explained everything they do is all about mālama i ka honua, or “cherishing the earth.” Join us in our fascinating visit with Marti filmed at  Honoluluʻs beautiful Foster Botanical Garden and you too will see why sheʻs so dedicated to turning people on to the rich and amazing environment and place we call home -
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Friday, May 18, 2018

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

KAMOHOALI`I, PELEʻS OLDER SHARK BROTHER GLIDES ACROSS THE SKY AT HALEMA`UMA`U

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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"HOW 5+1 = 0"

How Can Five Plus One Equal Zero?

Itʻs Simple If Weʻre Talking About The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs.

It Explains How Trustees Can Be Kept In The Dark About Fraud & Corruption.

Watch This To See Why Weʻre Not Talking Fuzzy Math, But Rather About Accusations Of Wrong-Doing At OHA That Do Add Up.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HAS THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I WORKED?

How Land Schemes Turned Lava Fields Into Subdivisions

Honolulu Civil Beat - May 14, 2018

In 1958, when Hawaii statehood was still a year away, two Colorado businessmen came up with a brilliant money-making scheme: Buy 12,000 acres of undeveloped, dirt-cheap land on the rocky, rainy slopes of the world’s most active volcano, divide it into 4,000 3-acre lots, and sell them for $500 to $1,000 apiece, paid off at $150 down and $8 a month.

Glen Payton and David F. O’Keefe called their subdivision “Hawaiian Acres.” It would forever change the face of the Big Island — not always for the better.

“The lots sold spectacularly well,” wrote George Cooper and Gavan Daws in Land and Power in Hawaii. “The effect of this success was electrifying.”

A Big Island land boom was on.

Only two years after Hawaiian Acres lots went on sale, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin article could report that at least 11 major subdivisions were underway — including a cluster of 2,231 one-acre lots titled “Leilani Estates,” sited directly on top of Kilauea’s East Rift Zone. The article was headlined, “Here’s Up-to-Date Report on Big Island Subdivisions,” but above the headline were five words in smaller type: “There’s Little Danger from Volcanoes.”

In the article, Leilani developer Kenneth W. Ing claimed that “volcanic risk” to his development was essentially less than one in a thousand.

He based his claim on calculations by a University of Hawaii geology professor, Dr. Gordan MacDonald, who had said that since 1750, lava had covered only 20 square miles out of an east Puna area of 125 square miles: “On this basis, the likelihood of lava covering any given plot of land in any single given year is less than .1 percent.”

Since 1960, lava flows from the flanks of Kilauea have wiped out the town of Kapoho and at least four other communities. But the article also quotes MacDonald as saying, “It is impossible to say how soon volcanic activity might affect any given area, and data are insufficient to assign any significant mathematical probability for such an event.”

What MacDonald, Ing and the article failed to mention was that in January and February of 1960, a lava flow had wiped out the entire town of Kapoho, destroying the village’s businesses, a hot springs resort and nearly 1,000 homes on land adjacent to Ing’s new subdivision—or that in 1955, another eruption had taken out much of nearby Pohoiki.

Since then, lava has obliterated at least four more nearby communities and subdivisions: Royal Gardens, Kapa’ahu, Kaimu and Kalapana.

Now, it’s the turn of Leilani Estates itself, which so far has lost 36 structures, including at least 26 homes, to the latest East Rift lava event.

As of Sunday more than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens and other nearby locations. Underground magma is believed to be moving further down the rift, threatening other communities such as Kapoho, parts of which have been redeveloped since the 1960 eruption into three coastal subdivisions, Kapoho Beach Lots, Kapoho Farm Lots and Kapoho Vacationland.

Those who live in the subdivisions aren’t the only ones who’ve had to leave. County officials have directed the closure of the Lower Puna’s numerous vacation rentals, in order to save water and “reduce the area population so emergency operations can focus on residents.”

Affordable Homes — At A Price

Cooper and Daws note that by the time the Big Island land boom wound down in the 1970s, 80,000 new lots had been created on an island that, at that time, held only 80,000 people.

Then-Gov. John Burns spearheaded the drive to transform North Kona and North and South Kohala into what Burns called a “gold coast.” It remains a region of rich resorts and upscale homes. Other developers pumped money into resort hotels along Hilo’s Banyan Drive.

But Puna and Kau became a playground for the wannabe-rich. Those three districts, located on the slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, lacked the Gold Coast’s white sand beaches and relentlessly sunny weather. And those pesky eruptions kept making new land — but it was lava and volcanic ash, too hard and raw to be paradise.

Mainland investors and mainland buyers didn’t necessarily know that, however. The developments that grew up there are still sometimes known, locally, as “land scam subdivisions.”

Pam Frierson, in The Burning Island, compares those developments to similar ones that were sprouting up elsewhere in America’s sunbelt, from Florida to the Southwest: “Large scale speculative subdivisions were being carved out of marginal lands — desert, tidal flats, lava lands — and sold as cheap ‘retirement’ or ‘investment’ properties.”

Most of these subdivisions were “substandard,” having a  grid of private roads that didn’t meet county building codes — perhaps paved, perhaps not — and lacking basic services such as running water and sewer lines.

Many eventually joined the island’s power grid, but most still rely on rainwater catchment tanks, and on cesspools or septic tanks to dispose of waste. They also lacked visible means of financial support. Most were located far from jobs. Though usually zoned agricultural, they were carved into parcels too small for conventional farms, even if they actually had tillable soil. Some subdivisions had a general store, but there was no traditional town center, no hub of commerce.

County officials had a huge incentive to go along with the land schemers: a windfall in property taxes from those thousands of new lots. In 1987, Frierson asked then-Hawaii County Planning Director Albert Lono Lyman why the county had acquiesced to all those substandard subdivisions.

“Greed and short-sightedness,” he summarized, noting that “the majority of those lots were sold, sight unseen, to mainland buyers.”

Some subdivisions were the work of mainland investors. California oil company magnate Jack Crawford, for instance, built Ocean View Estates on old lava flows in Kau.

But there were plenty of local players, including state officials. Hawaii County police inspector William Kamau headed the hui that tried to build a failed subdivision called Crescent Acres. State Sen. Kazahisu Abe headed the Hilo Development Inc., which developed Orchid Isle Estates in Puna. U. S. Sen. Hiram Fong was president of the company responsible for a development called Fern Estates.

Nor was the greed limited to local bigwigs. Cooper and Daws estimated that one in four Big Island families invested in lots. Big Island money in the lots was dwarfed, though, by outside investments: 12 percent of the lots bought by 1975 were by Big Islanders, 35 percent by Oahu residents, and most of the rest by mainlanders.

With almost no provisions for basic infrastructure, the original investors didn’t appear to actually believe people would live on those lots. But thousands of people proved them wrong.

By the time the subdivision boom finally petered out in the 1970s — partly as a result of stronger zoning and planning ordinances, but also, perhaps, because of the sheer glut of undeveloped lots — East Hawaii held at least 15 major substandard subdivisions and several smaller ones — all of them located in Lava Risk Zones 1, 2 or 3, the three highest-risk categories given by the U.S. Geological Survey.

One cluster of subdivisions, including Hawaiian Ocean View Estates and Hawaiian Ranchos, clung to the lava field on the steep southern end of Mauna Loa.

But most were in Puna, forming an almost continuous line from Volcano down Highway 11 to Keaau, then from Keaau down Highway 130 to the sea at the eastern end of the island.

Some built in the subdivisions because they’d been suckered in and had to roll with the punches. Frierson interviewed Jack and Patty Thompson, who were among the last holdouts in volcano-ravaged Royal Gardens. They’d invested their life savings in their home, after seeing a promotional movie about a “fertile area directly adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”

“They didn’t tell you the place sat right below an active rift zone,” Jack Thompson told Frierson.

With the possible exception of Royal Gardens, which was wiped out by a series of lava flows between 1983 and 2012, every one of those subdivisions is inhabited — and many, especially those in lower Puna, are burgeoning, despite the lava risk and the lack of amenities.

They’re the main reason why Puna is the fastest-growing district on the island. According to the Hawaii County General Plan, the district held about 31,300 people in the year 2000.

By 2015, its population had soared to nearly 50,000. By 2020, it’s expected to reach 58,000, surpassing Hilo to become the island’s most populous district. It’s achieved that remarkable growth despite the loss of four communities to molten rock.

Many more came because land speculation had driven prices sky-high in more desirable locations, and companies building those Kona mega-resorts hadn’t made provisions for housing their workers.

The island ended up with much of its jobs on one side of the island and its affordable housing on the other side, generating another local term: the “5 o’clock derby,” for the early morning commute between Puna or Kau and the North Kona/Kohala resorts.

“Poor people have to live somewhere,” noted one Puna Facebook user.

Many of these later buyers know about the lava, but they have to live with the risk, gambling that Madame Pele won’t come to their homes during their particular lifetimes.

But the odds may be considerably worse than Dr. MacDonald predicted back in 1960. According to the USGS, in the 20 years between 1983 and 2003 alone, another 40 square miles were buried in fresh layers of lava.

Monday, May 14, 2018

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

IS HAWAI`I READY TO BECOME INDEPENDENT AGAIN? 
FIND OUT ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"Hawai`i National Transitional Authority - A Visit With Poka Laenui"

Is Hawai`i ready to become an independent country again? What kind of government will it have? Who will be in charge? Which constitution will be used? Those are just some of the questions needing to be asked, according to Hawaiian Sovereignty advocate Poka Laenui and thatʻs why the Hawai`i National Transitional Authority was created. Join us in our fascinating visit with Poka as he shows why these conversations are ones that everyone must come together and discuss on the path to a Free Hawai`i - Watch It Here

MONDAY, May 14th At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 54

MONDAY, May 14th At 5:30 PM & FRIDAY, May 18th At 3:30 PMHawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53  

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TUESDAY, May 15th At 11:00 AM & SATURDAY, May 19th At 8:30 AMHawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 54

TUESDAY, May 15th At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, May 17th At 7:30 PM & SATURDAY, May 19th At 5:30 PM Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52



Sneak Peek! -


"Saving Hawai`iʻs Environment - A Visit With Marti Townsend" 

With Sierra Club Hawai`i turning fifty years old, we decided to talk with itʻs Director Marti Townsend. She told us Sierra Club Hawai`i has been busy inspiring people of all ages to get outdoors, experience Hawai`iʻs unique environment and get involved protecting Hawai`iʻs endangered places. She explained everything they do is all about mālama i ka honua, or “cherishing the earth.” Join us in our fascinating visit with Marti filmed at Honoluluʻs beautiful Foster Botanical Garden and you too will see why sheʻs so dedicated to turning people on to the beautiful environment and place we all call home - Watch It Here

FRIDAY, May 18th At 8:00 PM & SATURDAY, May 19th At 5:30 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

Now you can become a fan of Voices Of Truth on Facebook by clicking Here and see behind the scenes photos of our shows and a whole lot more.  

Voices Of Truth interviews those creating a better future for Hawai`i to discover what made them go from armchair observers to active participants. We hope you'll be inspired to do the same.
 
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

THE RUMBLINGS ARE GETTING LOUDER
 

Friday, May 11, 2018

PELEHONUAMEA - PELE OF THE SACRED LAND

Thursday, May 10, 2018

MAUI KŌKUA PUNA DONATION DRIVE
 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

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"WHY OHA WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THESE THREE MYTHS"

The Smoke & Mirrors Have Kicked Into High Gear At The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs.

Now, OHAʻs Leadership Has Three Myths They Want You To Believe.

Because They Know If You Canʻt Change The Facts, Try To Change The Subject.

Watch This To Discover What These Three Myths Are & Why Theyʻre Just One Big Coverup.


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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

HOW YOU CAN HELP THOSE IN NEED ON HAWAI`I ISLAND

Monday, May 07, 2018

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

WHATʻS THE HAWAI`I NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL AUTHORITY? FIND OUT ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"Hawai`i National Transitional Authority - A Visit With Pōkā Laenui"

Is Hawai`i ready to become an independent country again? What kind of government will it have? Who will be in charge? Which constitution will be used? Those are just some of the questions needing to be asked, according to Hawaiian Sovereignty advocate Pōkā Laenui and thatʻs why the Hawai`i National Transitional Authority was created. Join us in our fascinating visit with Pōkā as he shows why these conversations are ones that everyone must come together and discuss on the path

to a Free Hawai`i - Watch It Here

MONDAY, May 7th At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 54

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SATURDAY, May 12th  At 5:30 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53


Now you can become a fan of Voices Of Truth on Facebook by clicking Here and see behind the scenes photos of our shows and a whole lot more.  

Voices Of Truth interviews those creating a better future for Hawai`i to discover what made them go from armchair observers to active participants. We hope you'll be inspired to do the same.
 
Voices Of Truth now airs on local access stations in over 90 cities across the US and throughout the world. Check your local listings.

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

ANCESTORS ARE SPEAKING - ARE YOU LISTENING?

Friday, May 04, 2018

DONʻT MISS IT! - ALL THIS WEEKEND IN WAI`ANAE ON O`AHU

Thursday, May 03, 2018

OHA TRUSTEE TO FIGHT CHARGES

"I'm going to fight them to the death."

That's what Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Rowena Akana said Wednesday when asked how she'll respond to a state Ethics Commission investigation over alleged gifts and spending.

In a confidential Ethics Commission document leaked to the media, the state said Akana accepted more than $72,000  in legal fees paid to her attorney from Hawaiian heiress Abigail Kawananakoa. The money was given to Akana so she could defend herself in a lawsuit filed by other trustees. Akana said the legal fees were not a personal gift.

"I don't see anything wrong with that. It's not against the law," Akana said. "I haven't done anything that's against the law."

The commission said accepting the money may have violated a gifts and fair treatment law if "these gifts were due to Akana's status as an OHA trustee."

During Wednesday's OHA board meeting, a courier showed up to serve Akana with confidential documents from the state Ethics Commission, but Akana skipped the meeting and avoided him.
In addition to the legal fees, other spending of her allowance is coming into question, including her use of an OHA allowance for:
  • Political contributions, including $500 for a band at an event hosted by Kanaka Maoli, a political action committee;
  • Home cable TV and internet services;
  • A $249 Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club membership;
  • And food for parties for OHA personnel.
Akana said the spending is all above board, and that some of the charges are false.

For example, she said the Hawaiian Air membership didn't come from her allowance and that OHA approved all of her expenses.

She also blames OHA's CEO, Kamanaopono Crabbe, and her detractors for trying to take her down.

"This is a smear campaign. It definitely came from OHA," said Akana, referring to the leaked document.

"The Administration at OHA is doing everything they can to discredit me because I have been trying to clean house at OHA for two years," she added.

The Ethics Commission investigation comes as the FBI and Attorney General are investigating the agency.

Akana said that she knows of two other trustees who've reported to the Ethics Commission because of their expenditures.

OHA and the commission did not comment on the investigation.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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"WATCH OUT! - THE SCREWS ARE TIGHTENING AT OHA"

The Pressure Is Growing At The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs.

Why? Because The Forensic Audit Is Now Focused On OHAʻs LLCʻs.

What Are LLCʻs & Why Are They Under Such Scrutiny?

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

CONFLICT AT COUNCIL FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN ADVANCEMENT

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

WORLD-CLASS HULA HABITS ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"Much More Than Hula - A Visit With Blaine Kia"

Busy doesnʻt even begin to describe the life of Blaine Kia. He isnʻt just a kumu hula, a hula instructor in Honolulu, but throughout all of Hawai`i and way beyond. Blaine has two thousand students spanning the world in Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand) Japan, California, Montana and Canada. And if that werenʻt enough, heʻs also served as the cultural adviser for the TV hit series Hawai`i Five-0. How does he do it all? Donʻt miss our visit with Blaine as he reveals the one thing that drives him to accomplish so much every single day -
Watch It Here


MONDAY, April 30th At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 54

MONDAY, April 30th At 5:30 PM & FRIDAY, May 4th At 3:30 PMHawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53  

NEW! - Now More Na Leo O Hawai`i Air Dates -
TUESDAY, May 1st At 11:00 AM & SATURDAY, May 5th At 8:30 AMHawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 54

TUESDAY, May 1st At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, May 3rd At 7:30 PM & SATURDAY, May 5th At 5:30 PM Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52



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"Hawai`i National Transitional Authority - A Visit With Poka Laenui" 

Is Hawai`i ready to become an independent country again? What kind of government will it have? Who will be in charge? Which constitution will be used? Those are just some of the questions needing to be asked, according to Hawaiian Sovereignty advocate Poka Laenui and thatʻs why the Hawai`i National Transitional Authority was created. Join us in our fascinating visit with Poka as he shows why these conversations are ones that everyone must come together and discuss on the path to a Free Hawai`i - Watch It Here

FRIDAY, May 4th At 8:00 PM & SATURDAY, May 5th At 5:30 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

Now you can become a fan of Voices Of Truth on Facebook by clicking Here and see behind the scenes photos of our shows and a whole lot more.  

Voices Of Truth interviews those creating a better future for Hawai`i to discover what made them go from armchair observers to active participants. We hope you'll be inspired to do the same.
 
Voices Of Truth now airs on local access stations in over 90 cities across the US and throughout the world. Check your local listings.
 
For news and issues that affect you, watch Free Hawai`i TV, a part of the Free Hawai`i Broadcasting Network.
 
Please share our Free Hawai`i Broadcasting Network videos with friends and colleagues. That's how we grow. Mahalo.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

REMEMBER THIS THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE SAYS HAWAIIANS ARE ANTI-SCIENCE




















Mother Nature Network - January 22, 2013 - Brian Nelson

The prevailing theory about the "rediscovery" of the American continents used to be such a simple tale. 

Most people are familiar with it: In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. 

Then that theory was complicated when, in 1960, archaeologists discovered a site in Canada's Newfoundland, called L'Anse aux Meadows, which proved that Norse explorers likely beat Columbus to the punch by about 500 years.

Now startling new DNA evidence promises to complicate the story even more. It turns out that it was not Columbus or the Norse — or any Europeans at all — who first rediscovered the Americas. 

It was actually the Polynesians.

All modern Polynesian peoples can trace their origins back to a sea-migrating Austronesian people who were the first humans to discover and populate most of the Pacific islands, including lands as far-reaching as Hawai`i, New Zealand and Easter Island. 

Despite the Polynesians' incredible sea-faring ability, however, few theorists have been willing to say that Polynesians could have made it as far east as the Americas. 

That is, until now.

Clues about the migration patterns of the early Polynesians have been revealed thanks to a new DNA analysis performed on a prolific Polynesian crop: the sweet potato, according to Nature

The origin of the sweet potato in Polynesia has long been a mystery, since the crop was first domesticated in the Andes of South America about 8,000 years ago, and it couldn't have spread to other parts of the world until contact was made. 

In other words, if Europeans were indeed the first to make contact with the Americas between 500 and 1,000 years ago, then the sweet potato shouldn't be found anywhere else in the world until then.

The extensive DNA study looked at genetic samples taken from modern sweet potatoes from around the world and historical specimens kept in herbarium collections. 

Remarkably, the herbarium specimens included plants collected during Capt. James Cook’s 1769 visits to New Zealand and the Society Islands. The findings confirmed that sweet potatoes in Polynesia were part of a distinct lineage that were already present in the area when European voyagers introduced different lines elsewhere. 

In other words, sweet potatoes made it out of America before European contact.

The question remains: How else could Polynesians have gotten their hands on sweet potatoes prior to European contact, if not by traveling to America themselves? 

The possibility that sweet potato seeds could have inadvertently floated from the Americas to Polynesia on land rafts is believed to be highly unlikely.

Researchers believe that Polynesian seafarers must have discovered the Americas first, long before Europeans did. 

The new DNA evidence, taken together with archaeological and linguistic evidence regarding the timeline of Polynesian expansion, suggests that an original contact date between 500 CE and 700 CE between Polynesia and America seems likely. 

That means that Polynesians would have arrived in South America even before the Norse had landed in Newfoundland.

The findings show that the technological capabilities of ancient peoples and cultures from around the world should not be underestimated, and that the history of human expansion across the globe is probably far more complicated than anyone could have previously imagined.