Kahili Handle, ki, Hawaiian Islands
length 30 1/8in (76.5cm)
with an early "Princess Kalianiole Collection" label, along with a later Leo Fortess label.
For a discussion of kahilis, see Buck (1957, pages 578-580), "The feathered portion (hulumanu) was usually made of feathers of the tropic bird, 'o'o, frigate bird, owl, 'i'iwi, or barnyard fowl. Several feathers were tied together with olana fiber to form bunches which, in turn, were tied to a coconut-leaf midrib. The poles were usually made out of a kauila wood spear, but more elaborate ones were made by stringing discs of tortoise shell, bone, or ivory on a slender core of kauila wood or whalebone.
Princess Kalianiole Collection, Island of Oahu
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Charles Mack Collection (Ancestral Arts Gallery)
Leo Fortess Collection, Hawaii