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Ruta T-Shirt (White)

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Ruta Keelikolani (Buke Kakau) 

According to Samuel Kamakau, a procession was held at Kawaiahaʻo Church which Ruta Keelikolani had attended. Within his accounts of the processions he mentions the names of a few kāhili (feather strand, symbolic of royalty). ʻEleʻele-ua-lani and Hawaiʻi-loa were names of kāhili used for the special event at Kawaiahaʻo Church. Kāhili Poʻo-uliuli was also present for the special ceremony. It is unknown to me if the kāhili Poʻo-uliuli belonged to Kuhina nui Kaʻahumanu or Ruta. [Ruling Chiefs of Hawaiʻi 286, 293]

I am not aware of the location of this photograph nor the names of these specific kāhili. However, the inspiration to the coloring of this photo are dedicated to the names of the kāhili that were used by the Lii in the procession at Kawaiahaʻo Church. The signature of her name comes from Buke Kakau Paa pg 15.

Behind this shirt is the legal document signed by Kamehameha III Kauikeaouli on January 28, 1848, of the lands granted to Ruta from Buke Kakau Paa pg 16. Land Commission Award 7716 will give great detail of the lands owned by Ruta.

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