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Konane DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Polynesia

Category Board, War, Leaping, Orthogonal


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.


10x10 board. 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.

These rules were taken from the 10x10 Konane ruleset.

All Rulesets

Observed rulesets
10x10 Konane Rules played by Kaahaina Naihe.

Suggested rulesets
8x8 Konane Konane on an 8x8 board.

Incomplete rulesets
8x11 Konane Konane on an 8x11 board.
8x13 Konane Konane on an 8x13 board.
9x9 Konane Konane on a 9x9 board.
9x10 Konane Konane on a 9x10 board.
9x13 Konane Konane on a 9x13 board.
11x11 Konane Konane on an 11x11 board.
11x13 Konane Konane on an 11x13 board.
12x15 Konane Konane on a 12x15 board.
13x13 Konane Konane on a 13x13 board.
13x15 Konane Konane on a 13x15 board.
13x20 Konane Konane on a 13x20 board.
14x17 Konane Konane on a 14x17 board.
15x15 Konane Konane on a 15x15 board.



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Murray 1951: 97

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Emory, K. 1924. The Island of Lanai; A Survey of Native Culture. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.

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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