Aliʻi is a word in some Polynesian languages denoting chiefly status in ancient Hawaii and the Samoa Islands.

A similar word with the same concept is found in other Polynesian societies. In the Cook Islands, an ariki is a high chief and the House of Ariki is a parliamentary house (with very limited power). In New Zealand a Māori ariki held a rank of nobility and the Maori monarch held the title Te Arikinui (Great Chief) similar to Ke Aliʻi Nui in Hawaiian. In Tokelau, the term aliki denotes a chief, on Easter Island a noble was ariki, in Gambier Islands akariki, and in Tahiti the term is ari'i.

In Samoa, ali'i is a chiefly rank in the fa'amatai system which lies at the heart of the culture's socio-political organisation and similar to the traditional system in Hawaii.

Read more about Alii:  Hawaiian ali'i

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Virginia Poomaikelani Kawānanakoa - Life
... grandmother the High Chiefess Poomaikalani, daughter of High Chief Kanekoa, Alii of Waimea, son High Chief Ke'eaumoku-nui, son of Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku and his Kailakanoa by his wife ...
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... nui Elepuukahonua, 2nd Aliʻi Aimoku of Oʻahu ? 3rd Alii Aimoku of Oʻahu Aliʻi nui Nawele, 4th Aliʻi Aimoku of Oʻahu Aliʻi nui Lakona, 5th Aliʻi Aimoku of Oʻahu ...
Kīwalaʻō - Biography
... He was briefly the 7th Alii of Kohala, 5th Alii of Kona and 3rd Alii of Kau, and thus ruler of the island of Hawaii, in 1782 following the death of his father ...
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... integre perceipere rennuerunt, alii etiam lignis et fontibus clanculo, alii autem aperte sacrificabant alii vero aruspicia et divinationes, prestigia atque icantationes occulte, alii quidem ...
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... Commoner or lesser Aliʻi served the higher-ranking Aliʻi, not for pay, but instead, due to their duty to allegiance to the nation ... The caste organization facilitated a feudal system that resembles other feudal societies, for example the feudal systems found in Europe circa 1000 AD, in feudal Japan, Ethiopia, and so on. ...