A Hawaiian settlement in Gold County.

A Hawaiian settlement in Gold County.

Guy Nixon shows Kaanaka Town’s location near Georgetown and tells the story of the Hawaiian settlement during the Gold Rush and beyond. A number of descendants of this unique “blended” community still call El Dorado County home.


  1. Phil Newton on April 1, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    There is a Kanaka Flats in Jacksonville, Oregon, where a Hawaiian settlement was, also.

  2. roland marcello on April 1, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Been watching your channel the last two days in the labor unit keep it up 👍🏻

  3. John Geary on April 1, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks Guy. Good stuff. I’ve been IN Kaanaka Creek up above Nevada City and knew a little about Kaanaka gold mining. This is great. I now hang out in and around Pleasant Grove Creek in valley Nisenan territory. Do you have a book ? I’m going to look you up.

  4. Terry Devries on April 1, 2023 at 5:41 pm

    Wow. Interesting!

  5. Jenny Vega on April 1, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    John Sutter also took a Hawaiian Royal princess, Manuiki, from the "Cook Islands" with him to Sutter’s Fort. She was made his personal slave and bore him 9 children without any consent. He kept her locked up and it is a horrible story. (He had two other wives BTW. He was a pig.) So, maany of Sutter’s own descendants also have the Hawaiian DNA. Manuiki and the Kaanaka men that Sutter took from Hawaii had been promised a voyage back home. But Sutter never intended to follow through on that and none of them ever saw their families and homelands ever again.

  6. George Robinson on April 1, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    I believe Charles was John’s evil twin.

  7. Macho4x4Warlock on April 1, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    In 1839 Captain John Sutter received his two land grants from the Governor of California that headquartered in Monterey California. John Sutter came overland from East United States and eventually landed Seattle, Washington. From there he took a sailing ship to Hawaii and met King Of Hawaii . The King offered him About 15 of his most valuable well season sailors for his use in California. The Hawaiian Selected Men Sailed the Sacramento River and worked at “Sutter’s Fort” in Sacramento. The Hawaiian Selected Men intermarried Into many Indian tribes from the foothills to the North Sacramento Valley.

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