'Iwa One kind of feathered image that was used in Heiaus, Hawaiian temples, was a staff-like form draped in tapa, with Iwa feathers hung on top.
The feathers would rise in answer to the prayers of the Kahuna, spinning as if filled with electricity, then fall peacefully. They were thought to represent the mythological birds Halulu and Kiwa'a, whose feathers were made from within the dazzling orb of the sun - a beautiful description reminiscent of the golden refraction of the long scapular feathers...
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