iwilei [Hawaiian]

In Hawaii, a unit of length equal to the length of an outstretched arm. The first weights and measures law passed in the kingdom (enacted 12 November 1840, Chapter 9, section 1), by which the Kingdom of Hawaii adopted the weights and measures of Massachusetts, speaks of the iwilei of Massachusetts, clearly meaning the yard. This value was not modified 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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