The Manahunes

In their descriptions, the Manahunes did not work with stone but were laborers and considered the lowest-serving class of society. Manahunes are tiny people from Tahiti, Tuamotus, and Rarotonga. They are considered natives as aborigines of less than pygmy size who built earthworks, stonework, and natural features of the landscape in their islands. However, the Manahune, unlike the Menehune, is visible to humans.

The Manahune of the central Polynesian Islands has been documented by Captain James Cook (1728-1779), J.R. Forster, and crew members. Read more about their voyages here at “Cook and Omai.” This book describes some of their encounters with the little people.


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