Kahili - Standards of Royalty
(kah-HEE-lee) are feathered standards used from ancient times by
Hawaiian royalty. Similarly to how the nobility of Europe use
banners with coats of arms, Hawaiian nobility use kahili to show
status, lineage, and family ties.
commission kahili for individuals, families, or organizations,
Malama-ka-Mo`omeheu, one of the new kahili in
the collection of Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park,
was completed in March of 2000 by artist, writer, and educator Leilehua
Nine kahili now comprise the Pu`uhonua collection, seven of which were crafted by Leilehua and based on styles in use prior to 1819.
The design of Malama-ka-Mo`omeheu (Cherish the Culture) was inspired by `Ele-`Ele-Ua-Lani (Dark Rain of Heaven), the kahili of the Hawai`i Island High Chief, Lono-i-ka-Makahiki. (circa early 1500s) `Ele-`Ele-Ua-Lani is believed to have been the first true kahili.
|For more information on
kahili, visit the following sites:
Bishop Museum's Kahili Room houses historic kahili and has recently been remodled to better and more appropriately display them.
A report on kahili was done for the remodling project and is worthwhile reading.
Kahu Uncle Charlie Maxwell hosts a Hawaiian religion and culture Q&A which is a true resource.