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Low on cash, Bishop Museum cancels Hawaiian featherwork exhibit

The featherwork exhibit is on display in California (Image: Los Angeles County Museum of Art) The featherwork exhibit is on display in California (Image: Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Kalaniopuu's cape and helmet are on display at the Bishop Museum (Image: Hawaii News Now) Kalaniopuu's cape and helmet are on display at the Bishop Museum (Image: Hawaii News Now)
KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Bishop Museum canceled a highly anticipated Hawaiian featherwork exhibit last month due to a lack of funding, museum officials say.

The display, which includes about 75 rare capes, helmets and paintings, is now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The cancellation is upsetting to one of the Oahu art collectors who helped organize the exhibit. He says the museum, which recently hosted a candy exhibit, has its priorities out of order.

"It's pretty crazy the Bishop Musuem put in a candy show when Native Hawaiians and Polynesian people have the highest rate of diabetes on the planet," said Mark Blackburn, a Polynesian Art Collector. "So I kind of find that personally insulting that the crown jewels of Hawaii don't come here."

The featherwork exhibit may have been canceled, but the museum did organize the return of Chief Kalaniopuu's feather cloak and helmet.

The items were given to Captain Cook in 1779 and are prized pieces of Hawaiian history. They were brought back from New Zealand earlier this year and are currently on display in the Hawaiian Hall.

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