Kaumualii’s Mahiole, 1873.

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)

O ka Mahiole ka o Kaumualii!

Ke Au Okoa, Buke VIII, Helu 46, Aoao 3. Feberuari 27, 1873.

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