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Feather cape

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As a formal design element, the crescent had powerful asso­ciations. The Hawai’ian term for the shape, hoaka, applies to a number of concepts: the arc of a rainbow, the raised crest of a helmet, and, significantly, brightness and radiance. Its reference to glittering daylight or a flash of lightning evokes the very sources of divine power. Wearing a boldly designed, crescent­-shaped feather cape in the ritually significant colors of red and yellow was a strategic way for a chief to reinforce his embodiment as a divine being.

Feather cape, Red feathers (’i’iwi), yellow and black feathers (’ō’ō), fiber (’olonā)

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