I did some research on the net on the Hawaiian culture and religion, but I didn't find much about naming on Hawaii. From the list of Hawaiian names on this site I gather that most names root in a culture that is very close to nature up to a pantheistic religion. Now what I would like to know: Was naming on Hawaii at all influenced by Christianity? Were names like OKALANI (which I posted a few days ago) interpreted in that way? ("From Heaven" = from God as the Christian God?) I can imagine that in Polinesian culture, sky and heaven were/are interchangeable. Any experts around?
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Hawaiian names in general - Andy ;—) Aug 28 2010, 4:15:31 AM