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Four Star Lines of Hawaii

Hawaiians use many stars and constellations to organize the night skies, and often these constellations were used in unison with early seafaring navigation. Four of the main star lines used are known as Ke Ka O Makalii-the bailer of Makalii, which included the Pleiades, Ka Iwikuamoo-“the backbone,” which ran from Polaris to the Southern Cross, Manaiakalani-“fish hook of Maui” incorporating the constellation of Scorpio, and Ka Lupe a Kawelo- “kite of Kawelo,” Running through the great square of Pegasus and associated with the legend of Kawelo and Kauahoa.

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