Helmet (mahiole) card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum Liverpool

Helmet (mahiole)

56.25.542

On display

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A crested helmet with a framework of cane and wickerwork. Originally covered with feathers. Hawaiian high chiefs wore feather-covered helmets and capes on formal occasions to show their high status. They also presented them to important visitors such as Captain Cook as tokens of honour and respect.