(Calendar Cover: Queen Kapioʻlani , capes being aired at Pualeilani in Waikīkī, Oʻahu, after 1891.) The Hawaiian Historical Society’s Hawaiian history calendar for 2018 is now available. The 2018 Hawaiian History Calendar features photographs and images related to Hawaiian featherwork. Through the 19th century, bird-catchers gathered feathers from a variety of birds to be crafted into cloaks, helmets, lei and other items for the aliʻi. During the 20th century, imitations of traditional feather capes, and other items were used to represent native Hawaiian culture. Today, many artists and practitioners use techniques developed centuries ago to teach and preserve the feather work traditions.

Most photographs presented here are from the collections of the Hawaiian Historical Society and the Hawai‘i State Archive. Additional images are from the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. They date from the 1860s through the 1950s.

image: January 2015 calendarAs always, the calendar’s pages are filled with notes about significant dates and interesting facts in Island history. They are great solutions for seasonal gift-giving quandaries.

Society members can purchase copies of the calendar for $8.00 each (plus $3.00 postage when mailed to you). The retail price is $10 per calendar. Bulk rates are available. The calendars can be obtained directly from the Hawaiian Historical Society office at 560 Kawaiahaʻo Street, Honolulu, HI 96813. Look for them at the annual HHS open house and book sale December 8th.

Have questions or need more information? Send an e-mail to HHSoffice@hawaiianhistory.org