National Geographic : 1949 Nov
O National Geographic Society 587 Kodachromes by Stewart Fern Dressed in Royal Robes, Honolulu Celebrates Each June 11 as King Kamehameha Day For this Territorial holiday, observed almost a century, islanders like old-time costumes. Once only the nobility could wear the capes fashioned from the gorgeous feathers of the o-o and iiwi birds. Now these birds are presum ably extinct, and the making of feather capes is a lost art. A priceless heirloom is worn by the man (above), but the boy and the woman (page 586) have cloth and paper substitutes. Each group participating in the Kame hameha parade chooses its queen, who, with her garlanded courtiers, rides in state on her float (below).