Hawaiian helmet snatched from hotel in Volcanoes National Park
A contemporary replica of a mahiole, or feather helmet worn by high-ranking Hawaiian chiefs, has been stolen from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Hawai‘i Island.
The national park’s law enforcement officers are now asking the public to help identify two individuals suspected of stealing the cultural artwork, which was displayed in the lobby of the Volcano House Hotel.
Newly released images from the hotel’s video surveillance system show a man carrying a large item in a reddish cloth, and a woman near the hotel’s front desk around the same time of the theft.
The helmet – created by renowned local artist Rick San Nicolas – was snatched on Friday, Jan. 13 around 11:45 p.m.