Golden Lei Manu | Feathers were recognized as the highest form of currency in old Hawai`i. Golden feathers were one of the most valuable, as they were plucked from the now extinct 'ō'ō bird, who had only a few ruffles of golden feathers. Thousands of 'ō'ō birds were caught and released to create a full cape of golden feathers. To wear one was an honor reserved for only Hawai`i ali`i. Thịs gold lei manu is an abstracted shape of a traditional Hawaiian feather cape, emphasizing the juxtaposition of the straight and curved lines of a cape. Its name comes from 2 Hawaiian words, “lei” meaning adornment, and “manu” meaning bird.