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ʻAhu ʻula | by D.Eickhoff
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ʻAhu ʻula

ʻAhu ʻula are feathered capes. There about about 160 existing today in museums throughout the world. The largest collection is at the Bishop Museum.


This ʻahu ʻula was made from the red feathers of ʻiʻiwi (Drepanis coccinea) and ʻapapane (Himatione sanguinea), and the yellow feathers from ʻōʻō (Moho spp.) and mamo (Drepanis pacifica) attached to the netting of olonā (Touchardia latifolia) fiber.


It is thought that this ʻahu ʻula belonged to Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu (d.1782) of Hawaiʻi Island. Incidentally, it was Kalaniʻōpuʻu who welcomed Captain James Cook as the god Lono at Kealakekua, Hawaiʻi Island on January 17, 1779.


Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

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Taken on November 27, 2010