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  1. NZ a legendary Pacific island from which the Māoris migrated to New Zealand by canoe
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Examples from the Web for hawaiki

Historical Examples

  • The seed of our coming is from Hawaiki; the seed of our nourishing, the seed of mankind.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5


  • One tribe declared that long ago in far-off Hawaiki a chief hated another, but was too weak to do him harm.

  • Another legend relates that in Hawaiki the people were fighting, and a tribe being beaten was forced to leave the island.

  • The sun in the form of a man climbed up from Avaiki (Hawaiki).

  • Tahiti seems to have been a center of dispersal, as Percy Smith has pointed out in his interesting book "Hawaiki."

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie