Feather, plant (olona)
29.4 x 71 cm
Maui, Hawaii, Polynesia
This ahuula belonged to Kuahaliulani, son of Kekaulike (Maui king, 1775 A.D.) and Kaakaukamelelekuawalu. His descendants presented it to the Bishop Museum. It is made up of red iiwi (Vestiaria coccinea) feathers and black and yellow oo (Moho spp.) feathers. It has a background of red iiwi. A thin horizontal crescent was made of yellow oo. Two pairs of half crescents made of yellow oo run along the front edges. A thin band of yellow oo runs along the lower border. A thin band of black oo runs along the front edges and neckline. Its net backing is made of olona (Touchardia latifolia) fiber. Most of the yellow oo feathers have fallen off.
This object is associated with Kuahaliulani