Hawaiian Checker game
The game of Konane
is an ancient game that was enjoyed in ancient Hawaii by both the
ali`i (royalty) and the
commoners. It was said that King Kamehameha the Great was an
excellent player, sometimes beating his opponent in one move. Early
visitors wrote of the popularity of this game and noted that
Kamehameha would sit long hours over the game. His skill was so great
that his chiefs and queens were no match for him.
This game was played on huge stones called
papamu. There are small
impressions or puka in the
papamu, or playing board, where the playing pieces were placed. In
old Hawaii the original game pieces that were used would have been
black (`ele`ele) pebbles
or white (ke`oke`o or
kea) pebbles. Dark and
light seashells were also used.
There can be seen around the island of Hawaii papamu that are
of different shapes, sizes and weight. Fishermen have come across
large rocks along the seashore both in and out of water with
impressions numbering up to and beyond 100.
In the following lessons you will be able to
learn how to make a wood papamu and a paper papamu; how to set up the
papamu, and how to play Konane. You will also be able to use the
Hawaiian vocabulary to create your own word puzzles.
the computer used for these lessons are not equipped with a Hawaiian
Font the Hawaiian words will not have a kahako or an `okina. At a
later date, when one is available, these pages will be
Write the definitions for these