To give you an idea of the interest the Polynesian Pathways article has generated, here are some of the many letters that I have received since writing site. Address details of the authors have been witheld.

Between 50 and 100 people a day enter the site, and between five and ten people a day spend more than one hour on it.

I am pleased to see that the site is appreciated by people from many walks of life, the one thing they have in common is an open inquiring mind, in search of the truth.

I have read and reread your article on the Internet now for several hours.
My name is David Luna. I am of Native American decent, Pueblo, Sioux, Pima, and Mexican.
I was raised in Ohio by the ruins of the Native American mound builders until I was 14, and for the past 13 years have lived in Phoenix (Tempe/Mesa) AZ by the Pima Reservation.
Many of my good friends, who I consider Family, are Tongan/Hawaiian.
Having stated that bit of random history, I must say that in my heart and mind, I have always thought that Native Americans, to include the Pima, and Polynesians were of the same ancestry.
Thank you for your inspired writing and sources of other great thinkers, who stated scientifically and anthropologically what seems to be basic logic.
May there be many more men of your caliber and zeal who share common thought and interest towards the history of my pacific cousins.
Thank you.
Sincerely, David Andres Luna

I have read your web pages with considerable interest.
I too have spent many years gathering research relating to the 'settlement of the Pacific' and have finally concluded that the
'Orthodox Theory' of Polynesian origins is coming apart at the seams. 
The evidence of a group of pottery making people situated in Tonga and Samoa has long been claimed as evidence that the ancestors of the Polynesians entered the Pacific from the West.
In fact it represents quite the opposite. DNA research, particularly that which is coming out of the U.S, makes it abundantly clear that the so-called Lapita people are Melanesian. The so-called experts like Bellwood & Kirch et al have long been aware of this but to make such an admission would effectively knee-cap their theory so they persevere with their off the wall claims….
The claim by Geoff Chambers that the Maori originated in Taiwan made the front pages over here. This theory has been well and truly refuted by further DNA research from outside of New Zealand.
Not to be deterred Chambers & team have come up with an even more outrageous proposal. Now , apparently the first 'Polynesians' came from two different points of origin. i.e the women came from Taiwan while the men came from New Guinea... LOL… and pigs can fly!!!
The 'Lapita' claim is critical for the orthodox theorists because if the original settlers of Samoa & Tonga were not Polynesian then the earliest proven evidence of Polynesian settlement in the Pacific comes from the Marquesas Islands on the eastern boundary of the Polynesian triangle…. To the east of the Marquesas lies empty ocean until we reach the West coast of South America.
The required direct voyage from Samoa to the Marquesas has been shown to be a virtual impossibility…. And the question has to be asked, if the settlement process was in a west to east direction how on earth was Easter Island settled before the Cook Islands!!??
There is overwhelming evidence that the 'Orthodox theory' is wrong…..
I have made many discoveries myself including linguistic proof that the word 'kumara' is only one of a considerable number of words that originated from the Andean languages of Quechua and Aymara…
I was gob-smacked when I found the word Kiwi (Qiwi) is an ancient Peruvian word meaning bent, curved or hunched over.
This word appears in the Hawaiian language with exactly that meaning….
If you would like to exchange some info I am more than happy to share some of what I have discovered.
Look forward to hearing from you…
Louis Rawnsley

Wow! I was thouroughly impressed by your long and descriptive article. Have you posted this on Graham Hancock's website? I sent him an Email about some similar ideas I had and he encouraged me to write an article. So it was a little frustrating to see that you have already encountered the same connections and drawn almost identical conclusions (plus expanding on them far beyond what I would have given the extent of my knowledge). But as you say, many of the ideas you propose are not new, and even the bulk of recent evidence is already a couple of years old. I guess a lot of people who have taken the time to look into it have drawn the same or similar conclusions. Nevertheless, while I was enlightened to a better understanding of the first civilization of man. My conlcusions are slighty different from yours in that they don't take as much of the DNA evidence into account, and they propose a timescale of something like 60-40,000 years ago. I have no intention of picking apart your very convincing arguments to bolster my own.
Congratulations on your stunning work.
Aaron Bennack

Very Fascinating! I saw your webpage about Polynesian people. Very fascinating. It makes a lot of sense that there were lots of traveling back then, more then previously thought. I never thought that there were some Indians in the Americas that possessed a Korean gene. I know Korean came from North Asia. The Ainus and Basque are very interesting. I sometimes think they are related to each other. I would not be surprised if Ainu is related to Polynesian, Australian Aborgine, Vedda, Anu, and even Basque. Both were very adventurous. Basques were the conquistadors of Spain. Ainus were Samurais of Japan. I never thought that Celtic people were around for 12,000 years. I thought they were around for 5,000 years. I don't if Celts came from Basque people.

 Raymond Youm   

You have a lot of solid research on your web site. I hope this eventually turns into a book. I put a link to your site on my Links page under Metanews and Archives.
My book The Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cities is due to be published by Ancient American at the end of this year. I'm sure editor Wayne May would be interested in your work.
Have you contacted Graham Hancock? He would be interested as well. Do you know about Martin Doutre's site? http://www.celticnz.co.nz/ He hooked me up with a native of Tonga who had written a book on star mythology of the island. One chapter in my book deals with the Hopi Water Clan and Snake Clan, who have connections to the South Pacific, Tonga, Fiji, Somoa region. Some of this material appeared in an Atlantis Rising article, issue 41.
Good luck with your research!
Regards, Gary David 

I have been re-reading your e-mails and am, once again, so amazed that through Jeff, I found you. When we come up with hypotheses that are so on the fringe of accepted "truth" of history it is comforting to learn that someone else has come to the same conclusions, although from different perspectives, a different continent, and through different experiences and insights. Each step of the way, I have been given a new guide to set me on the continued course deeper and deeper into pre-history. It is similar to the new information that keeps coming your way to confirm your predictions. Were you surprised to receive my Table of Contents for The Far Shores of Polynesia that touches so many of the same things you write about in your website?
I still haven't gotten to the Post Office, but will next week, to send you a copy of my first book...
Iona Kargel

Wow, very impressive stuff Pete. I am currently Supervising Producer and Director on 2 shows right now. I am interested in your project and it sounds like you have been immersing yourself in what you are interested in. Good on you. A documentary like this needs ENORMOUS funding. 

Randall Einhorn

I'm a big believer in the Thor Heyerdahl theory on the Polynesian Origins & I'd like to know how I could be of help in spreading & promoting yours & Thor Heyerdahls theories on the Polynesian origins? I was also thinking of making a web site like yours about the Polynesian origins but I still have to finish my web design course at sessions.edu. I would like to help in any way I could even to others like Pen Fiatoa, Yuri Kutchinsky or whoever who's following the Thor Heyerdahl theories!!! 

Thank you very much for all the information Peter.  You've tied a great many bits and pieces of information together for me, information that I've peen privy to but haven't had proper bindings for.  


Many thanks for contacting me through the Golden Age Project website,
regarding your most excellent work.
You might like to try and obtain the Growth of Civilization by W.J. Perry,
if you have not already done so, and his other two books Origins of Magic
and Religion and The Children of the Sun.
Your work on Solutreans comes very close to my thoughts on the Atlantis story, although I
believe the location of best climate for sophisticated man during the ice
age, fits the Azores better than the Caribbean.

Edmund Marriage - Patrick Foundation Golden Age Project

I have been mostly into paleoclimate, but recently the reseachers have been somewhat stymied by a lack of data on the variability of Kuroshio current needed to understand how the Pacific Decadal Oscillation modulates the ENSO. So my college chum got me interested in Mayan Genesis and Inca Origins by G. Kearsely which show hundreds of physical items of similarity with India along with Eden in the East (polynesia) and the Real Eve by S. Oppenheimer and the tons of references in each of the books. Now working on Indians in the Pacific. A couple of the references, Earlier than you think by G. Carter (San Diego area) and Pecos Ruins (30 miles east of Santa Fe) by Hooton both document a lower zone of long skulls, as Hyerdahl does for south america. One of the references pointed to an Anasazi pot that has a swastika on it, while several others spoke of ancient aryans in america. So yes I do agree with you that at least since the begining of the Holocene and the rise of sea levels which wet peoples feet and cause them to become sailors there has been a seafaring society of long skulls.
Your analysis and approach to the rat article was great because it was common sense, a virtue that is often lost in "scientific" papers. In fact when some one feels the need to let you know that they are a "scientist" , I treat their work cautiously.
The recent claim by Arizona researchers that they can now do DNA from hair may give some data on the long skulls? Certainly that is where it is needed.
I really appreciate the tutoring and all of the work that you have put in on the Pathways.

Francis West

I read the web article you posted about the connection between Polynesians and North American Indians.
I thought you would be interested to know that my great great grandfather, a pure Hawaiian High Chief, wrote a interesting commentary on an important Hawaiian “creation” chant in the late 1800’s. In it, he states clearly that Hawaiians come from Canada. He explains what happened, how they came to Hawaii. He gives the names of the male/female progenitors from Canada. The story he tells has them coming to Hawaii on a big log. He includes a flood story, and a myth about how the Hawaiian Islands were once one piece of land, but the waters rose and they became separated.
The man who tells the story is my grandfather’s grandfather, Solomon Lehuanui Kalaniomaiheuila Peleioholani (Also called Peleioholani the 4th, or Lehuanui or simple Peleioholani). He is a figure from Hawaiian history that is just now becoming recognized by Hawaiian scholars. In his time, he was considered an important Hawaiian antiquarian, and the final word in Hawaiian genealogy, especially of the chiefs (ali’i and royal familes). The genealogists of all the important families of Hawaii were at some point indebted to my kapuna Solomon L.K. Peleioholani.
His was a remarkable life that included a stint with Queen Victoria’s army in South Africa. But most importantly, he was a High Chief, in many ways both the pinnacle and terminus of the old blood royal lines from Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, and Kauai. His grandparents were among those who sided with Kamehameha the Conqueror to achieve unity of the islands. His father was an uncle to the Kings Kamehameha IV and Kamehameha V and he was himself one of the highest ranking chiefs in the Hawaiian Islands, he presented the sword of state to the kings Lunalilo and Kalakaua at their coronation ceremonies. In fact, he was the only child of highest enough rank to be a suitable playmate for Prince Albert, the son of Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. I mention this background to you because I am sure you will recognize how as a young boy, he was the kind of person who would have trained in the genealogies, and old histories. His grandmother Kahahana, was at Kamehameha’s bedside when he died. She was passed one of the few accounts of the death of Kamehameha to him, among many other priceless treasures of Hawaiian knowledge.
He was a diligent writer and it seems he recorded as much as he could about what had been passed down to him from the remote past. But much seems to have been lost. I have found some material in the Bishop Museum Archives, in trips to Hawaii, including the manuscript I mentioned earlier about Canada. It was translated from Hawaiian to English by his good friend J.M. Poepoe, a prominent newspaper editor (Ka Nupepa Kuakoa). Peleioholani spoke impeccable English, allegedly with an Oxford accent, but it seems he wrote everything concerning Hawaiian antiquities and culture in his native Hawaiian language.
I have been trying to raise awareness of the importance of Solomon Peleioholani. He is truly an incredible person who lived as the Old Hawaii was disappearing. He bridged the two world views. He is not just my great great grandfather, he is my hero and inspiration. Like Samuel Kamakau, he was a fastidious and somewhat elitist scholar who considered himself the absolute last word. This of course was a quality that was highly prized among the old Hawaiian culture of expertise in things. And there is much to back up his high self regard, actually.
Please let me know if this area of study is still of interest to you, and I can coordinate more with you. Your web pages has been the ONLY CONFIRMATION I have been able to find of my great great grandfather’s thesis.
I am building an ohana (family) website and it will feature him and his works, as well as the genealogies. In the meantime, Mahalo for your work.
Let me know if you would like to know more about the Canada story I have and more about Solomon Peleioholani.
Dean Pua Keko’olani

Good News. I looked up and found Chief Nuu, who Solomon says came from
Alaska/Canada and landed on Mauna Kea with his wife and three sons.
In the Kumuhonua* Genealogy (a royal genealogy) of Kauai and Oahu we
find Nuu, who had a wife Lilinoe. Only the name of one of his three sons
is in the particular genealogy I have (the one who continued the line
into the next generation). He would have been born between 225 and 75
B.C., depending on your reckoning of the generational length backward
from established dates.
As an interesting side note, I am a direct lineal descendant of Nuu
through the Kings of Kauai from whom Solomon Peleioholani descends.
I will send you proper references and more detail on Nuu later.
More will turn up, I'm sure.
Dean Pua Keko'olani

I feel you’re making connections which should have been made long ago. As I read see your arrangement of the pieces I think, “of course”. The overall holistic PATTERN you are drawing is very convincing.
As I read your thoughts, I wondered about the recession of the last Ice Age and how melting ice might have created catastrophic floods (especially in cases where ice was behaving like a dam, holding back water which was building up).
Dean Pua Keko'olani

Thanks for your letter... I know there are some that see you as a sort of
heritic, but I think there may be some backing for certain of your
arguements. I also think however that there may be middle ground arguements
in many of these issues, I can imagine that Hawaiians could have sailed to
the West Coast and bring back a few "red skins" as is claimed in the Hawaain
legends( as oppossed to converting the whole east polynesia race to being
decendants of the Haida), or that the Haida themselves made it to Hawaii and
were the Manahune.  I think it is also possible/probable that East
Polyneasians made it to Peru and maybe mingled and brought back influences
and or a master mason to Easter Island.... what I find disturbing though,is
that East Polynesian history is getting pushed further and further into a
might tighter time and limited time frame, probably some will try to say
that the first east Polynesian settlements did not occure till around 800
AD.... my specialty is artifacts and the only thing that I am relatively
sure about is that the Early East Polynesian assemblage is very uniform in
the Austral Marquesian Society Island collections and similar but perhaps
not so diverse in the Hawaian, Easter Island collections, Hawaiian might
actuctually be older....but I am only guessing as I have not seen that much
of the Hawaiian material, to me the fishhooks seem different or lacking the
variation seen here which I would say is almost identical with the
Marquesian collection, Pearl shell scrapers here are identical to those
found in Huahine... Hawaiian octopus lure sinkers are found identical here
and also in the Marquesas,
The ancient Tubuai language had the L instead of R as in Hawaiian, Identical
Easter Island stone hooks are found in New Zealand, Easter Island hookforms
as seen in petrogliphs show many of the ancient Early East Polynesian forms,
and certain Easter Island adze forms are also found in the Huahine
collections.... but I am digresing. As I see it, the first major obstacle in
resolving the question of the origin of the Early East Polynesian culture is
the lack of any solid chronological foundation for the first settlements. In
the past 40 years settlement dates has moved from 200 BC to 600 AD and there
still seems 1000 year gap amongst experts in a history that is only perhaps
2000 years in totol, this seems to me a rediculous state of affairs
considering all the time and energy that has been invested in trying to
solve this riddle.... personally I think that a breakthrough will soon be
made in some area of investigation which will be able to pinpoint the exact
date of early settlements as well as identifying origins... If I was just
starting out I would perhaps look in DNA from pigs teeth, and or human teeth
(I have a good collection of pigs teeth)
I have stopped trying to imagine or theorize about who went where and when,
I am just collecting artifacts and trying to record the most important....
such as these recent fishook finds.
Regards, Lawrence Miller

You have a lot of solid research on your web site. I hope this eventually turns into a book. I put a link to your site on my Links page under Metanews and Archives.
My book The Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cities is due to be published by Ancient American at the end of this year. I'm sure editor Wayne May would be interested in your work.
Have you contacted Graham Hancock? He would be interested as well. Do you know about Martin Doutre's site? http://www.celticnz.co.nz/ He hooked me up with a native of Tonga who had written a book on star mythology of the island. One chapter in my book deals with the Hopi Water Clan and Snake Clan, who have connections to the South Pacific, Tonga, Fiji, Somoa region. Some of this material appeared in an Atlantis Rising article, issue 41, available in a free download on thier site.
Good luck with your research!
Regards, Gary David

I read your Polynesians article with great interest. I
have been completely fascinated with the subject of
ancient and prehistoric civilization, since an early
age and I try hard to keep current with events in
archaeology. I recently did research on the
predynastic egyptians and their connection to the
'proto-Guanches' and perhaps to Atlantis.
You've raised so many amazing points citing the
all-important genetics research. I wonder if the early
Dravidians, Caucasians, Basques and Guanches were
somehow related. I am also interested in finding out
more about the mysterious white-haired giants who
perhaps pre-dated the Cro-Magnon in Europe and North
Hope to hear from you soon.
Jonah Lissner

I saw your "POLYNESIAN PATHWAYS" page and I'm very
impress with your information.
My name is Pen Fiatoa and I'm writing to you about
a page I'm drafting concerning the Polynesians.
I wrote some notes concerning the Polynesians and
how I feel they colonized the islands in the Pacific.
My view could be a bit unorthodox, however, I'm
presenting it as a possible explanation for the
Polynesian migration.
Knowing that I'm just a curious person and not a
After reading Sullivan's book, "The Secrets of the
Incas", I'm more interested in the navigational terms
and traditions of the Polynesians. I know nothing of
those traditions.
Because of the environment they operated in, I think
that references to celestial objects would be an area
where some concerted effort would yield useful
results. If you come across this information, please
include me in your mail list.
I contacted someone who, I think, knows something
about this. I haven't heard from him. Because he is a
proponent of the eastward migration.

You know something Peter - if I had a lot of money.
I would gather the "diffusionists" together for a
weekend retreat. You, Yuri, and all the others noted
in your references. That would be something, hah?
I appreciate your time, and I thank you.
Respectfully,Pen Fiatoa

Thanks for your comments. You seem to have reached some novel conclusions based on received wisdom. Why not share them with the world by sending your thoughts in the form of a manuscript to a good quality scientific journal?  The American Journal of Human Genetics would be a good choice.  That way you could get some detailed expert feedback on your ideas via peer review.
Good luck with your writing,
Geoff Chambers

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