ʻAhuʻula are cloaks made from as many as 500,000 individual feathers attached to an olonā fiber mesh, worn by the aliʻi (chief) class in ancient Hawaiʻi. In addition to signifying the wearer's high rank, ʻahuʻula also served as an indicator of status, political position and conquest. Beautiful and prized, ʻahuʻula are a striking and unique symbol of ancient Hawaiian royalty. Also incorporated into the design are the mahiʻole (helmet) on the hood and the lei niho palaoa (whale bone necklace) around the neck.
On the right sleeve is "Hanau Ke Aliʻi", a birth chant composed for Paiea (Kamehameha the Great). On the left sleeve is the island and location of Paiea's birthplace. This particular cloak is known as the "Kearny Cloak", presented to Commodore Lawrence Kearny, U.S.N., by Kamehameha III in 1843 as a token of high regard. This ʻahuʻula was worn by Kamehameha the Great during battle and was said by Kamehameha III to be his most valued possession.
- Materials: 94% Polyester 6% Spandex
- Light Layer. Soft and stretchy fabric.
- Machine Wash Cold.
- Fit is true-to-size.
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