A division of land within the Hawaiian Islands, next in size to the district. Although often mentioned as the “unit” of land, the ahupuaa was not a measure of an area, as is the acre, for the ahupuaa varies in size. It is generally a large parcel of land extending from the sea to the mountain and bounded by natural features, such as gulches, streams or ridges. The ideal ahupuaa extended from the mountain to the sea, thereby enabling the chief and his followers to obtain fishes and seaweed from the ocean, raise taro and bananas in the lowlands, and to take forest products from the mountains. Many of the smaller ahupuaa were divided into smaller units of land called “ili”.