This blog is about my discoveries and experiences in genetic genealogy focusing mainly on autosomal DNA where I figure out how my matches and I connect. As a Kanaka Maoli [aboriginal Hawaiian], I am learning how complex autosomal DNA can be when looking for close matches among other Polynesians.
Polynesians are the results of successive founder’s effects and have gone through several bottle necking which resulted in the lack of genetic diversity. As Polynesians slowly began moving towards the east, the lack of genetic diversity increased causing the extreme results that eastern Polynesians, i.e. Hawaiians & Maoris.
The scientific evidence confirms what we already knew from our oral traditions, that we come from the same few ancestors who came from different parts of Polynesia.