Image: Original Kalani’opu’u’s feather cape (Cook's cape)

Original Kalani’opu’u’s feather cape (Cook's cape)

This 'ahu'ula feathered cape was given to Captain Cook by King Kalani’opu’u as an official welcome to Hawai’i in 1778.

The cape is made from the feathers of at least four species of birds - the red-feathered i’wi honeyeater, which is a distinct species of Hawai’i, the yellow O’o Moho and Mamo, and a cockerel with black plumage.

This cape was kept by his widow, and sold to the Museum in 1894.

Photographer:
Abram Powell
Rights:
© Australian Museum

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