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  • “The kahili are feather standards displayed in throne rooms and carried in royal processions.”

    The Aloha Quilt

  • I.L.B. 3 The kahili is shaped like an enormous bottle brush.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Lastly, the guns of the military escort gave the final salute to the departed, three volleys of musketry being successively fired above the grave; and the line of return was formed in proper order, the kahili bearers still waving aloft the plumes, those traditional accompaniments of royalty, and which now became the insignia of office appertaining to the former heir-apparent, who had now become the sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.

    Hawaii's Story, by Hawaii's Queen

  • A.S. Cleghorn; Governor Dominis, and myself; we were all attended by our kahili bearers, and those ancient staffs of royalty were held aloft at our sides.

    Hawaii's Story, by Hawaii's Queen

  • On each side of the bier were the kahili bearers; and these plumes, some large, some small, of various colors, were borne aloft above the heads of the moving throng, who marched with slow step up the

    Hawaii's Story, by Hawaii's Queen

  • To one of these was assigned the duty of waving the kahili, or long-plumed staff of state, the insignia of royalty; to another that of using the fan for my comfort, both of these being women; while to the third, a male attendant, belonged the duty of doing any necessary errands, and of making my female attendants comfortable in whatever way their needs might require.

    Hawaii's Story, by Hawaii's Queen

  • Then came Their Majesties the King and Queen, attended by their kahili bearers, who stationed themselves just inside the pavilion.

    Hawaii's Story, by Hawaii's Queen

  • Consequently, the lying in state, the military guards, the watchers from the Masonic fraternity, the ladies in attendance bringing their leis, their garlands, their floral decorations, the kahili bearers with the plumes of office, all were employed in manner and detail as I have already described it in speaking of the funeral of my brother, His Majesty

    Hawaii's Story, by Hawaii's Queen

  • Not alone in poetry and music and the dance do we find this recurring accent of pleasure, but in every action of life it seems to enter as a timekeeper and regulator, whether it be the movement of a fingerful of poi to the mouth or the swing of a _kahili_ through the incense-laden air at the burial of

    Unwritten Literature of Hawaii The Sacred Songs of the Hula

  • {28} The kahili is shaped like an enormous bottle brush.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago


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  • A feather standard, mounted on a tall pole, symbolic of royalty in Hawaii and used on ceremonial occasions.

    October 31, 2008