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So, an unusual one this week…..

PUNALUA

I am sure you will not even begin to have an idea of what this means.

It is an old term originating from the 19th century among Hawaiians which describes a family unit that was made up of a group of sisters from one family marrying a group of brothers from another.  Similarly, one wife may have two husbands or one husband may have multiple wives, but they were generally considered to be married to all other members of the family and all lived on an equal footing, all sharing responsibility for the children.

I am sure that made an interesting way of living!

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