Exploration and Settlement

Ferdinand Magellan

Who was Hawaii-Loa?

He was a Polynesian chief who sailed some 2,400 miles of open water from the Marquesas Islands, near Tahiti, to discover the Hawaiian Islands in the A.D. 400s. The islands were first discovered by Europeans in 1778 when British navigator Captain James Cook (1728–1779) landed on the island of Kauai and named the islands after John Montagu (c. 1718–1792), who was the fourth earl of Sandwich and first lord of the admiralty. Captain Cook died there at the hand of the natives in a skirmish over a stolen boat.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy History Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App