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Kahanakalani Pauahi: Replica Feathered Cape

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Heritage Center, Living Room

Replica of Feathered Cape Belonging to Pauahi
32” x 19”; made of Chinese golden pheasant feathers

Kahanakalani Pauahi, the handiwork of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi, is a feathered cape inspired by the original cape made for and worn by Pauahi when she was a child. This replica cape was made in the traditional fashion of tying bundles of feathers on to a net backing. Yellow, red, and black feathers from the Chinese golden pheasant were carefully plucked, cleaned, sized, and bundled. Approximately 30,000 feathers adorn this kīpuka, made lovingly by staff, students, and friends here at the Heritage Center.

Mahalo a nui loa to E. Nuʻulani Atkins, Gussie Bento, Kaleinani Brown, Ruby Lowe, Kanoe Elvania, Kaʻiu Damas, Mae Klein, Rowena Blaisdell, Cindi Luat, Randy Hudgens, and to other friends of the Heritage Center for their aloha, kōkua, and kākoʻo in this tribute to Ke Aliʻi Pauahi.


Description: replica of Pauahi cape, made from feathers of the Chinese golden pheasant; on round pedestal base with plexiglas cover

Special Notes: made by Heritage Center staff and students