Feathers were highly valued in Hawai’i and were an important part of their religion. Feathers were used in representations of the gods. A high-status cloak made of feathers, called an ‘ahu ‘ula, was a marker of prestige and power. ‘Ahu ‘ula were worn with feathered helmets, or mahiole – a chief would have been decked from head to toe in feathers!
When Hawai’i became a kingdom in 1795, they were influenced by the monarchies of Europe, and eventually gave themselves a coat of arms. On it were two figures wearing red and yellow ‘ahu ‘ula and a mahiole.
30 wonderful photographs of young Hawaiian girls from the 1970s.
Aftershocks from Hawaii Island’s largest earthquake, in 1868, continue to the present day.
It was estimated to be a 7.9 on the Richter scale and the earthquake and resulting tsunami caused 77 deaths.
Night fishing in Hawaii, 1948
Japanese aerial photo of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during the attack on 7 Dec 1941. Note torpedo plumes rising from the battleships West Virginia and Oklahoma and smoke rising from the Ford Island seaplane base at right.
View looking down Battleship Row from Ford Island Naval Air Station, shortly after the Japanese torpedo plane attack. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941
“USS California (BB-44) is at left, listing to port after receiving two torpedo hits. In the center are USS Maryland (BB-46) with the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37) alongside. USS Neosho (AO-23) is at right, backing clear of the area. Most smoke is from USS Arizona (BB-39). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.”
The Hawaiian Star, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 10, 1908
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Vice President Gerald Ford & Betty Ford Relaxing at the Mauna Kea Resort in Hawaii. 1973
The Minneapolis Star, Minnesota, May 27, 1938