They were kept in the national Museum of New Zealand for over 100 years, having been in several private collections.

The talk about the return of clothing items to native Hawaiians was conducted over three years. In the end, the cloak and helmet were handed over to the representative of native Hawaiians in the Museum building.

Captain James cook spent the winter of 1779 in Hawaii. At first he was warmly greeted by the locals. He received valuable gifts, intended only for the Royal elite. To create a single cloak required the feathers about 20 thousand birds.

However, after some time his relations with the locals deteriorated, and cook was killed during clashes with the natives.