It is the Feather Helmet of Kaumualii!—During the days of this past week, displayed in the window of Whitney’s Bookstore the regalia of the Ancient Kings of Hawaii nei. The Mahiole is Kaumualii’s, the last King of Kauai. Mrs. Whitney [Wini] the elder who just passed was the one who was taking care of the mahiole, and it is one of the things remaining today of the beautiful works of the people of old. We praise the fine upkeep by the beloved missionary mother who passed, for on display, it seemed as if it was made yesterday; the feathers appeared new. On the sides of the mahiole were red feathers taken from the Iiwi polena, and feathers of the maha Oo are on top of the mahiole from this side to that of the crest. This should definitely be kept in the Hawaiian Museum. We believe that it is 60 years old.
[It is interesting to note what is not said in a similar article in English.]
(Au Okoa, 2/27/1873, p. 3)
Ke Au Okoa, Buke VIII, Helu 46, Aoao 3. Feberuari 27, 1873.
We should not look upon the voyage of Hokuleʻa with the thought that out ethnic pride and awareness will be re-vitalized. This type of pride we search for should emulate [emanate] from within ourselves and should be a constant part of our daily lives. We must not rely wholly upon occasional events to stir up reminders of our dignity and abilities lest we become fleeting images for display; pieces in a show case.
The importance of the upcoming voyage of Hokuleʻa lies in a different discovery: the opportunity we have to discover how our ancestors conceptualized their world, how they responded to the challenges after leaving their homelands and how they attempted to survive in this new land, today our homeland. Grasping this knowledge we too can be committed to accept the challenges before us with the same determination of our ancestors.
[Some thoughts from thirty-four years ago. How have things changed? How have things stayed the same?]
(Alahou, 2-3/1980, p. 12)
Ke Alahou, Helu 4, Aoao 12. February/March 1980.