anana [Hawaiian]

In Hawaii, a unit of length equal to the distance between the fingertips of the outstretched arms, analogous to the English fathom. In the first weights and measures law passed in the kingdom (enacted 12 November 840, Chapter 9, section 1), by which the Kingdom of Hawaii adopted the weights and measures of Massachusetts, the anana is defined as equal to 2 iwilei. As the law speaks of the iwilei of Massachusetts, the yard is clearly meant. This value was reaffirmed in the subsequent (brief) British protectorate.

George E. Mattimoe and Robert H. Nagao.
A Brief History of Weights and Measures in Hawaii.
Weights and Measures Branch, Dept. of Agriculture, State of Hawaii, 1967.

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