17 Feb 2016

NZ to return cloak, helmet to Hawaii

8:27 pm on 17 February 2016

New Zealand is returning a priceless feather cloak and helmet gifted to Captain Cook in 1779 to Hawaii.

A ceremony at Te Papa next month will welcome the Hawaiian delegation which is collecting the taonga [treasures].

The 'ahu'ula [cloak] and mahiole [helmet] were a gift from the Hawaiian chief Kalani'ōpu'u to Captain Cook.

They have been in Te Papa's collection since being gifted to the national museum in 1912.

The taonga will go on display in the Bishop Museum in Hawaii from 19 March.