The Feral Chickens
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The Red Junglefowl was introduced to the islands by the Polynesians (Pratt, page 9) and can be found on all of the major islands.

The Hawaiian name is for the Red Junglefowl is "moa", a name that has been extended to all chickens. They are held by some to be an 'aumakua.

Incidentally, Moa is also the name of a large bird in New Zealand (extinct c. 14th century - see a Wikipedia article on this species)


Some Hawaiian legends include the moa, including:


The primary descendents of the current feral chicken, however, were introduced much later by European and Asian visitors. Ultimately, these chickens have the same ancestors as the Red Junglefowl, both likely originating in southern Asia.

The first printed mention of a chicken in Hawaii is from Captain Cook's voyage, where he writes:

"The hogs, dogs, and fowls, which were the only tame or domestic animals that we found here, were all of the same kind that we met with at the South Pacific islands." (Cook's Voyages to the Pacific Ocean, Book VI, page 204)

It is not known when the first feral chicken arrived at the Windward Community College campus, although it was almost certainly before Windward Community College became a college (in 1972) and perhaps even before the State Hospital was located on this site (in the 1930s).

 

Unless noted otherwise, all photos and text by Brian Richardson. • Comments? Email me at: richards@hawaii.edu
Page created in Spring, 2008, last updated May 24, 2012