When we went to visit Hawai'i, I really didn't want to spend too much time inside museums (for obvious reasons, see above!), but one that I had to make an exception for is the Bishop Museum on Oahu.
The Bishop Museum has a fabulous collection of Pacific Island wearables, some of which I'll share with you here. There are also amazing full-sized costumes made for various occasions, but I didn't feel any of my pictures did them justice.
|Feathered capes, 'i'iwi bird
|Whale teeth necklaces - all whale teeth automatically belonged to the chief.
Samoa, Tonga, Society Island
|Headdress of turtle shell, coconut fiber, pearl and clam shell
|Earplugs of whale tooth
|Whale teeth and plant fiber necklace
|Headdress of chicken feathers and fibers
|Lei made from ferns
|Leis made from bone, nut, and feathers
|Lei made from dog teeth
|Cotton and whale tooth necklace
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