More on Lady Franklin and ahuula and upcoming events, 1861 / 2015–2016.

While in Hawaii in 1861, Lady Franklin enjoyed the company often of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. According to newspaper reports, the relationship between them was very cordial. She was given this treasured ahuula in commemoration of this bond.

If you find yourself in San Francisco at the end of this summer until the early part of next year (8/29/2015–2/28/2016), do make your way to the de Young Museum:

Lady Franklin cape

Lady Franklin cape (detail) (#5948). ‘apapane feathers, ‘ō‘ō feathers. Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Ethnology Collection, 09670/1909.007

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i

August 29, 2015February 28, 2016

Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the U.S. mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Presented in San Francisco, which is considered to be the gateway to the Pacific, the exhibition will feature approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (kāhili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), feathered god images (akua hulu manu), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper. Continue reading →

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