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Ken Yatomi via Bishop Museum

A royal Hawaiian feather cloak and helmet given to Captain James Cook in 1779 are being permanently returned to Hawaiʻi. The items were temporarily on loan to the Bishop Museum with plans to return them to New Zealand, where they have been housed for more than a century.

National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro

Among the objects feared lost in the fire at Brazil’s National Museum are Egyptian mummies, dinosaur bones, and the oldest human skull found in the Americas. Officials estimate 90 percent of the museum’s 20 million artifacts burned in Sunday’s fire. This may have included a royal Hawaiian feather cloak that found its way to Rio centuries ago. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.