The Kapu System is the class system in ancient Hawaii. Many people think the word, kapu, means forbidden, but in ancient Hawaii it meant sacred.
Three types of regulations existed to provide for their daily living:
1. Among the classes
2. Between the people and their gods
3. Between the people and nature
The three classes of people were: the ali’i (the royalty, priests, etc.), the maka‘āinana (commoners), and the kauā (outcasts)
The really interesting thing I discovered was that the leaders in ancient Hawaii recognized and valued the importance of the commoners. There were obligations and duties on both sides.
This system is fascinating to research. Please go to this website which has excerpts from:
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