makahiki

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Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Eastern Polynesian *matafiti, *matasiti.

Noun[edit]

makahiki

  1. a year
  2. a four month festival in ancient Hawai'i which lasted from approximately October to February, during which time there were sports and religious activities and war was taboo

References[edit]

  • Hawaiian Dictionary, by Pukui and Elbert