The Polynesian people are considered to be by linguistic, archaeological and human genetic ancestry a subset of the sea-migrating Austronesian people and tracing Polynesian languages places their prehistoric origins, ultimately, in Taiwan. Their speech of the time was not clearly related to Chinese speech of the time and Chinese speakers were all further north on the mainland at the turn of the second and third millennia BC.
Taiwan was only later Sinicized via large-scale immigration accompanied by much assimilation of the Austronesian speaking indigenous people during the 17th century AD.
In this manuscript, the island of Maui is named La Desgraciada (The Unfortunate Island), and what appears to be the Hawaii Island is named La Mesa.But in 1831, Jules Dumont d'Urville proposed a restriction on its use during a lecture to the Geographical Society of Paris.His intention was clearly to distinguish the pure Blacks of the Pacific from the mulatto populations. speakers of Austronesian languages began spreading from Taiwan into Island Southeast Asia.The islands settled by the Papuans are known collectively as Melanesia, which includes Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.Fiji is the melting pot of the Melanesians to the west and the Polynesians to the east.
Ancient Hawaiʻi was a caste-based society much like that of the Hindus in India.