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King Lunaliho tomb gets new kahilis

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - This year marks the 175th birthday of Hawaiʻi's King Lunalilo and as a gift, the kâhili or feather standards from his tomb were replaced.  A special birthday present considering the kâhili haven't been touched in over 40 years. Amy Kalili has more.

For King Lunalilo's 175th birthday, the kâhili from his tomb were replaced for the first time in over 40 years.

No ka lâ hânau 175 a ke aliʻi Lunalilo, ua hoʻâno hou ʻia nâ kâhili o loko o kona pâilina. ʻO ka mua kçia o ka hoʻâno ʻia o nâ kâhili no 40 makahiki.

"King Lunalilo was the sixth monarch of the kingdom of Hawaiʻi.  And when he died he left his estate for the founding of a home for poor, elderly Hawaiians, " said Kuhio Asam, Executive Director, Lunalilo Home. 

ʻO Lunalilo ke ono o nâ môʻî o Hawaiʻi. A ua waiho ʻia kona hoʻoilina no ka home mâlama kûpuna Hawaiʻi.

He was laid to rest in this tomb at Kawaiahaʻo Church, the only Hawaiian sovereign besides Kamehameha I who is not buried at Maunaʻala, the Royal Mausoleum.

Ua kanu ‘ia ma kçia pâilina ma Kawaiahaʻo. ʻO Lunalila lâua me Kamehameha Nui wale nô nâ aliʻi i kanu ʻole ʻia ma Maunaʻala.

"When we celebrated his birthday here last year, it was noticed that the three kahili that were standing in the tomb were probably at the last phase of their life," said Asam.

Ma kona hoʻolauleʻa lâ hânau hope, ua ʻike ʻia ke ʻano kûlanalana o nâ kâhili ʻekolu ma kona hale kupapaʻu.

"The kâhili had a mystique. You see a kâhili off in the distance and it's like, "Wow, who's coming?", and they would know by the color or by the stature of the kâhili who was coming to visit," said Paulette Kahalepuna, Loea Haku Hulu.

Ke ʻike ʻia, noʻonoʻo koke ana, "ʻO wai ana kçia?", A ma ka waihoʻoluʻu e ʻike ʻia ai ke kûlana o kai hôʻea mai ana.

The trustees called feather art expert Aunty Paulette to take on the exacting task of replacing the kâhili.

Talking about what it takes to do a kâhili the biggest thing is it takes a little army to do a kahili.

I mea e maʻemaʻe e maiau wale ai ka hana, ua hele pololei nô ko Lunalilo i ka loea haku hulu ʻo ʻAnakç Paulette.

From sorting, clustering, and attaching feathers to the kâhili, members from the aliʻi trusts, royal societies, Hawaiian civic clubs and the general public lent a hand.

Ma ka wae, hoʻohui, a hoʻopili ʻia o nâ hulu i ke kâhili, ua laulima nô nâ lâlâ o nâ hui aliʻi, hui sîwila a me ka lehulehu nô hoʻi i ke kôkua aku.

"Under the direction of Aunty Paulette, and over 1,000 hours of manpower, six new kâhili were made," said Asam.

Me ko ʻAnakç aʻoaʻo me nâ hola hana he 1,000 a ʻoi, ua hana ʻia he ʻeono hou kâhili.

All kâhili were dedicated at a special ceremony at Lunalilo's tomb, which drew quite a crowd, including those who took part in making the kâhili.

Ua hoʻolaʻa ʻia nô nâ kâhili ma ka ʻaha i mâlama ʻia ma ka pâilina nô, a ua naue aku nô ka poʻe, ʻo nâ mea kôkua kekahi.

"We know that each person that had a part of this will forever remember this because this is a once in a lifetime for us to be doing such a wonderful tribute to Lunalilo," said Kahalepuna.

ʻAʻole loa ana poina ka poʻe i komo a kôkua i kçia ʻoiai he kûikawâ ka hoʻohanohano iâ Lunalilo penei.To learn more, stop by Nâ Lima Hulu Mili Noʻeau on Kapahulu Ave.

To learn more, stop by Nâ Lima Hulu Mili Noʻeau on Kapahulu Ave.

No ka ʻike hou aku e kipa iâ Nâ Lima Hulu Mili Noʻeau ma ke alanui o Kapahulu.

ʻO wau nô kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

Original Airdate 2/14/2010

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