Kalaniopuu’s ahuula and mahiole, the latests, 2020.

Feather Cloak and Helmet Gifted to Captain Cook to Return Permanently to Hawaiʻi

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi—An ʻahu ʻula (feather cloak) and mahiole (feather helmet) gifted to Captain Cook in 1779 are being permanently returned to Hawaiʻi by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

These cherished items were gifts from Hawaiian Chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu to Captain James Cook and have been in Te Papa’s collection since being gifted to the museum in 1912.

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