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 Feather, plant (olona)


 Hawaii, Polynesia

 This ahuula was presented by Kamehameha V to E. Faulkner, Paymaster of H.B.M. Ship Havannah in 1857. It was bought by Queen Kapiolani for $600 during her visit to England in 1887 while attending Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. She gave it the name, "Kekaulike". 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. Two large outlined half crescents of yellow oo. Three pairs of half crescents of black and yellow oo run along the front edges. A thin half crescent of black oo is on the right side of the neckline. A thin half crescent of yellow oo is on the left side of the neckline. A thin band of alternating sections of black oo, yellow oo and red iiwi run along the front edges. A thin band of red iiwi runs along the neckline. A thin band of yellow oo runs along the lower border. Its net backing is made of olona (Touchardia latifolia) fiber.

This object is associated with Kapiolani

Collection Name: Kapiolani-Kalanianaole Collection

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