The replica cloak of Pai'ea -- King Kamehameha 'Ekahi the First. It was painstakingly recreated, feather by feather, knot by knot.
The original is at the Bishop Museum and it's not always displayed so businessman Jeff Dunster set out to have it recreated.
"It may not be the real thing, but it's the closest they probably get to in their lifetime," said Dunster.
After spending time at the Bishop Museum looking at the real thing, artisan Rick San Nicholas began his work. It took him over a year.
The cloeka contains more than a quarter million Chinese Golden Pheasant feathers from birds sustainably harvested.
A time-lapse video gives you a glimpse of how it came about. At one point, the video slows down to give you a better look at how long it takes to tie a single feather.
The end result -- a stunning replica of Kamehameha's cloak. Also reproduced was his helmet and the 12-foot-long feathered sash of Liloa.
The replicas, in a koa case, will be installed in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hualalai on the island of Hawai'i.
"And it just seems like a fitting tribute. A lot of what we do is tied to the culture and we thought it was a nice way to get people to think of the forest, but in a different direction," said Dunster.
Dunster is part owner of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods. They are reforesting 1,000 acres of former koa forest land once owned by the king. Long used for ranching, they were able to harvest seeds from the remaining trees and are using it to reforest the land.
"The idea is that people would be drawn in by the Hawaiian culture. They would realize these birds are no longer there and that their is no one left and our goal is to plant a forest to make sure they have a home," said Dunster.
Dunster says they planted their first tree in February 2010. The forest is thriving and so is the native i'iwi bird and others.
"Since we started planting, we've now seen the endangered hawk, the Hawaiian hawk, and the endangered owl moving back in as well," said Dunster.
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