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Waikiki in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Mahiole

(Helmet)

 
 
Mahiole Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
1. Mahiole Marker
Inscription. Ancient Hawaii was governed by a sharply defined caste system. The kings were the highest authority. Chiefs, or Alii, ruled over sections of the land at the pleasure of the kings. At times there was a king for each of the major islands in the Hawaiian chain.

Wars were frequent among the ancient Hawaiians. A king might attack the people of another island—or a chief might attack the village of a rival chief. Battles consisted largely of hand to hand combat using spears, clubs and daggers.

Feather covered capes and helmets were a mark of social rank. Only kings, the highest ranking chiefs, or warriors of great ability could wear these feathered garments. In time of war they were worn into battle. Lesser chiefs and warriors wore helmets without feather decorations.

The high crested helmet shape sculptured from Indian granite and displayed here in the gatehouses of the Halekulani was the most elegant and elaborate of the ancient helmets and its possession and use was reserved exclusively for the kings of old Hawaii.
 
Erected 1983.
 
Location. 21° 16.717′ N, 157° 49.9′ W. Marker is in Waikiki, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is at the intersection of Kalia Road and Lewers Street
Marker and Helmet image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
2. Marker and Helmet
, on the left when traveling north on Kalia Road. Click for map. It is at the entrance to the Halekulani Hotel, on the right. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu HI 96815, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kawehewehe (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Japanese Light Tank (about 700 feet away); U.S. 105mm Howitzer M3 (about 700 feet away); Japanese Type 1 (1941) (about 700 feet away); Afong Villa (about 700 feet away); U.S. Prefabricated Pill Box (about 700 feet away); U.S. Light Tank, M24 (about 700 feet away); Monarchy Cannon (about 700 feet away).
 
Categories. Military
 
Mahiole (Helmet) image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 24, 2008
3. Mahiole (Helmet)
Mahiole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 15, 2014
4. Mahiole Marker
This is a duplicate marker just across from this one at the entrance of Halekulani Hotel.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,565 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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