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TitleThe Gospel in the South Seas
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1937
AuthorsHyland, Richard
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number47
Pagination758–759, 766
Date Published25 November 1937
KeywordsGenealogy; Hagoth; Hawaii; Migration; Mythology; Polynesia; Transoceanic Contact; Transoceanic Voyage

The author argues that the Hawaiians, Samoans, Maoris, and other south sea peoples originated on the American Continent. The three native foods of Polynesia—the coconut, sweet potato, and taro root—are of American origin. The genealogical name lines of such widely separated peoples as New Zealand Maoris and Hawaiians unite 65 generations back to Hema who led a migration to New Zealand. Prior to Hema, the names in both Hawaiian and Maori legends are similar.