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The Art of Hawaiian Featherwork

Articles and information about the ancient art of Hawaiian featherwork.

The feathers of more then 60,000 mamo birds were used to make this feather cape for King Kamehameha, which is displayed at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu.
Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Japan

Saving Hawaii's Lost Art of Feather Craft
s This article by Stephen Madden in AAA's Via Magazine is a profile of Mary Lou Kekuewa and her daughter Paulette Kahalepuna, feather craft experts and owners of the "Na Lima Mili Hulu Noeau" feather craft specialty shop in Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu.

Feature Items in the Bishop Museum Collection
- Golden Feather Cloak of King Kamehameha I
- Feather Helmet Kamehameha Gave to Kauai's King
- Feather Lei Photo 1
- Feather Lei Photo 2
- Kahili Room Photo

Bishop Museum Renovates Prized Kahili Room
This Honolulu Advertiser article by Will Hoover describes the renovations the Bishop Museum made to their Kahili display room in 2000.

Featherwork of Hawaii
An article by Leilehua Yuen about the history of Hawaiian featherwork, the signifigance of featherwork in ancient times and which bird feathers were typically used.

Kahili: Standards of Royalty
Information about the Kahili used by the ancient Hawaiian nobility to display their status, lineage, and family history.

The Tradition of Hawaiian Featherwork
An article about the art and history on a blog authored by "Alohalani".

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