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Gathering place

Gathering place

A gathering place is any place where people are able to congregate. Gathering places may be public; for example, city streets, town squares, and parks; or private; for example, churches, coffee shops, stadiums, and theaters.

Examples of gathering places include Stonehenge, the agora of ancient Greece, New York City's Central Park, and London's Trafalgar Square.

Island of Oahu as The Gathering Place

The Island of Oahu in Hawaii is often nicknamed (or translated as) "The Gathering Place". This makes sense because Oahu is the most populated Hawaiian Island. In ancient times, however, Oahu was not populous and was outranked by the status of other islands. The translation of "gathering place" was suggested as recently as 1922 by Hawaiian Almanac author Thomas Thrum. It has been speculated that Thrum ignored or misplaced the okina because the Hawaiian phrase "o ahu" could be translated as "gathering of objects" (o is a subject marker and ahu means "to gather"). The correct spelling — Oahu — has no confirmed translation.

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