Hawaiʻi Sāmoa Havaiʻi Savaiʻi Introdution
Introduction: Some of the First Europeans Nicknamed The Islands of Samoa the Navigator Islands for their expertise in inter-island sailing. When Europeans first sailed the Pacific Ocean and charted it's many islands they were already inhibited with Polynesians who had discovered and sailed between the islands for thousands of years previous.
Among the Polynesian migrations, inhabiting Hawaiʻi was a great achievement, approximately 2,500 miles in isolation from other land every sucessful voyage to Hawaiʻi was a great achievement. By the Polynesians.
Although in Hawaiʻi it is commonly recognized that people from the Marquesas and Tahiti were the first Hawaiʻians, the people of Tonga and Samoa should not be overlooked from these early migrations.
Similarities in names and language do not prove migration patterns but are a clue to the ancient ties between the people of Samoa, Hawaiʻi and orgins of legends from the Manu'a Islands of Samoa.
However, this was not the first migration of Samoans to Hawaiʻi. It is the prevailing theory that Polynesia was settled from west to east. Fiji, Toga and Samoa among the first to be settled then Eastern Polynesia with Tahiti and Marquesas being the stepping stones to Hawaiʻi and Aotearoa.
Because of this Hawaiʻi is linked with Tahiti. But just as early Polynesia was settled by different people (ancestors with various genetics including a difference in skin tone and hair), it is easy to believe that Hawaiʻi was also settled by different cultures at different times. I don't think Polynesia was settled by only Tahitians or Eastern Polynesian due to all the interaction between different cultures and migrations at different times.
Research shows Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻian people do have ties to eastern Poynesia and Aotearoa but there are also some clues that lead me to my theory that migrations could have also also occurred from western Polynesia and Samoa. Most of my theories are based on culture, language, and names and by this one can make a number of possibilities and linking all of the Polynesian cultures due to the fact that they are very closely related due to common ancestors, migration, trades networks, and war.