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Konane DLP Game   


Period Modern

Region Polynesia

Category Board, War, Leaping


Konane is an indigenous Hawaiian game played on a board that varies: it can range from 6x6 to more than 14x14, and does not have to be square. It is a game with leaping capture, and has been played at least since the eighteenth century, but probably for longer. Konane boards can be found on rock surfaces throughout Hawaii, but they are difficult to date.


The black player starts by removing one black piece either from one of the central four spaces of the board or from one of the four corners. The white player then must remove a white piece that is orthogonally adjacent to the empty space. Play proceeds by orthogonally jumping an opposing piece and capturing it. All moves must be capturing moves. Multiple captures can be made only by continuing in the same direction. The first player unable to move loses.

Emory 1924: 85.



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Murray 1951: 97

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King, J. 1784. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern hemisphere, to determine the position an extent of the west side of North America; its distance from Asia; and the practicability of a northern passage to Europe. Performed under the direction of Captain Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty’s ships the Resolution and Discovery, in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: W. and A. Strahan.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.




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