Hawaiian Feathered Capes & Symbols of Royalty plus Native Canoes Photos

The use of feathers in artistic capes ('ahu'ula) and royal standards (Kāhili) was reserved for members of the Hawaiian royalty. Another limited royal symbol was the chief's neck ornament (Lei Niho Palaoa), a hook hung on cords of human hair, which is said to resemble fishing hooks. This index also features fishing implements & Hawaiian canoes.

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Bust detail of statue of King Kamehameha I. Honolulu, HI.Statue of King Kamehameha I against First Hawaiian Center. Honolulu, HI.Back of statue of King Kamehameha I. Honolulu, HI.Royal seal on gates of 'lolani Palace. Honolulu, HI.
Bust detail of statue of King Kamehameha I. Honolulu, HI.Statue of King Kamehameha I against First Hawaiian Center. Honolulu, HI.Back of statue of King Kamehameha I. Honolulu, HI.Royal seal on gates of 'lolani Palace. Honolulu, HI.
Royal seal on gate of tomb of King William Charles Lunalilo beside Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Man wearing feather cloak & helmet painting attrib. to Rembrandt Peale at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Council of Chiefs painting shows when King Kahekili of Maui tried to gain control of Kualoa Ranch. HI.Feathered ancestral deity associated with Kamehameha the Great at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Royal seal on gate of tomb of King William Charles Lunalilo (1835-74) beside Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Man wearing feather cloak & helmet painting (c1805-30) attrib. to Rembrandt Peale at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Council of Chiefs painting shows when King Kahekili of Maui tried to gain control of Kualoa Ranch. HI.Feathered ancestral deity associated with Kamehameha the Great at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Feather Image of Ku replica in museum at Kualoa Ranch. HI.Feather crown at Kamuela Museum. Big Island of Hawaii, HI.Feathered cape thought to have belonged to chief Kalani'ōpu'u who welcomed Captain James Cook in 1779 at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape collected during voyage of American ship Columbia Rediviva in 1789 at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Feather Image of Ku replica in museum at Kualoa Ranch. HI.Feather crown at Kamuela Museum. Big Island of Hawaii, HI.Feathered cape ('ahu'ula) thought to have belonged to chief Kalani'ōpu'u who welcomed Captain James Cook in 1779 at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape ('ahu'ula) collected during voyage of American ship Columbia Rediviva in 1789 at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Feathered cape at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered shoulder cape worn by Bernice Pauaki as a child at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape gift of Kamehameha IV to Lady Franklin at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Feathered cape ('ahu'ula) (1830-5) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape ('ahu'ula) (c1893) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered shoulder cape ('ahu'ula) worn by Bernice Pauaki as a child at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape ('ahu'ula) gift of Kamehameha IV to Lady Franklin (1861) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Feathered cape owned by Queen Emma at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape gift of Kamehameha III to Perkins Family of Boston at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian feathered cape at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Hawaiian feather cape , Lei Niho Palaoa with carved whale tooth & stick image at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.
Feathered cape ('ahu'ula) owned by Queen Emma (before 1889) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Feathered cape ('ahu'ula) gift of Kamehameha III to Perkins Family of Boston at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian feathered cape ('Ahu'ula) at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Hawaiian feather cape ('ahu 'ula), Lei Niho Palaoa with carved whale tooth & stick image (late 18th C) at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.
Hawaiian peoples in Rainbows of Paradise show at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.Rainbows of Paradise water-borne show features dances of several Polynesian islands at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.Hawaii cultural canoe for Rainbows of Paradise show at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.Portrait of King Kamehameha III by Robert Dampier at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.
Hawaiian peoples in Rainbows of Paradise show at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.Rainbows of Paradise water-borne show features dances of several Polynesian islands at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.Hawaii cultural canoe for Rainbows of Paradise show at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.Portrait of King Kamehameha III (1825) by Robert Dampier at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.
Portrait of Nāhi'ena'ena sister of King Kamehameha III by Robert Dampier at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili Room with collection Hawaiian royal feather standards & portraits at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian royal feather standards at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian Kāhili royal feather standards at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Portrait of Nāhi'ena'ena (1825) sister of King Kamehameha III by Robert Dampier at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili Room with collection Hawaiian royal feather standards (prior to 1889) & portraits at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian royal feather standards (Kāhili) (prior to 1889) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian Kāhili royal feather standards (prior to 1889) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Kāhili royal feather standard of Prince Albert Edward Kauikeaouli Leiopapa o Kamehameha at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili royal feather standard of Princess Victoria Kamāmalu & funerary Kāhili of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili royal feather standard & portraits of Hawaiian kings at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili royal feather standards & portrait of King Kamehameha the Great at Bishop Museum Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Kāhili royal feather standard (1859) of Prince Albert Edward Kauikeaouli Leiopapa o Kamehameha at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili royal feather standard of Princess Victoria Kamāmalu & funerary Kāhili of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1884) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili royal feather standard & portraits of Hawaiian kings at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Kāhili royal feather standards & portrait of King Kamehameha the Great (c1758-1819) at Bishop Museum Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Altar of Kawaiaha'o Church flanked by Hawaiian royal feather standards. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian royal feather standard at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Feather standard in royal box memorializing Hawaiian royalty at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian royal feather standard at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.
Altar of Kawaiaha'o Church flanked by Hawaiian royal feather standards (Kāhili). Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian royal feather standard (Kāhili) at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Feather standard (Kāhili) in royal box memorializing Hawaiian royalty at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian royal feather standard (Kāhili) at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.
Feather standard in royal box memorializing Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Feather art by Beth McCormick at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Big Island of Hawaii, HI.Feather fan art at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Big Island of Hawaii, HI.Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian chief's neck ornament with carved whale tooth on braided human hair at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Feather standard (Kāhili) in royal box memorializing Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop at Kawaiaha'o Church. Honolulu, HI.Feather art (1988) by Beth McCormick at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Big Island of Hawaii, HI.Feather fan art at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Big Island of Hawaii, HI.Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian chief's neck ornament (before 1923) with carved whale tooth on braided human hair at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.
Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian chief's neck ornament with carved sperm whale tooth on braided human hair at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian Ivory lei necklace at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian chief's neck ornament replica at Kualoa Ranch. HI.Hawaiian whale tooth necklace for ruling class at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.
Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian chief's neck ornament (19th C) with carved sperm whale tooth on braided human hair at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.Hawaiian Ivory lei necklace at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Lei Niho Palaoa Hawaiian chief's neck ornament replica at Kualoa Ranch. HI.Hawaiian whale tooth necklace for ruling class at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.
Collection of Hawaiian fishhooks & lures at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Bone fishhook for sharks at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Native Hawaiian shark hook & octopus lure with cowry shell at Waikiki Aquarium. Waikiki, HI.Native Hawaiian wooden hand club with tiger shark teeth at Waikiki Aquarium. Waikiki, HI.
Collection of Hawaiian fishhooks & lures at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Bone fishhook for sharks at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Native Hawaiian shark hook & octopus lure with cowry shell at Waikiki Aquarium. Waikiki, HI.Native Hawaiian wooden hand club with tiger shark teeth at Waikiki Aquarium. Waikiki, HI.
Hawaiian war club with shark teeth at U.S. Army Museum. Waikiki, HI.Double hulled Hawaiian fishing canoe at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Double hulled Hawaiian fishing canoe at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Iosepa sailing canoe at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.
Hawaiian war club with shark teeth at U.S. Army Museum. Waikiki, HI.Double hulled Hawaiian fishing canoe (wa'a kaulua) (1908) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Double hulled Hawaiian fishing canoe (wa'a kaulua) (1908) at Bishop Museum. Honolulu, HI.Iosepa sailing canoe (wa'a kaulua) at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.
Model of Hawaiian war canoe at U.S. Army Museum. Waikiki, HI.Battle of the Red-mouthed Weapon painting by Herb Kawaínuí Kane shows invasion sea battle defeat of chiefs of Maui & Oahu by Kamehameha using canon of commandeered brig Fair American at U.S. Army Museum. Waikiki, HI.Honaunau canoe at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. Maui, HI.Hawaiian maiden in canoe at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.
Model of Hawaiian war canoe (c1790) at U.S. Army Museum. Waikiki, HI.Battle of the Red-mouthed Weapon painting by Herb Kawaínuí Kane shows invasion sea battle defeat of chiefs of Maui & Oahu by Kamehameha using canon of commandeered brig Fair American (1791) at U.S. Army Museum. Waikiki, HI.Honaunau canoe (1916) at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. Maui, HI.Hawaiian maiden in canoe at Polynesian Cultural Center. Laie, HI.

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