Albatross are very important species to Hawaiian culture, their parts used in many cultural practices. Mōlī, laysan albatross, serve as an 'aumākua, physical animal embodiment of ancestors or gods. During the Makahiki season, Hawaiian New Year festival, Ka'upu (black footed) feathers were used to make staff depicting Lono, the Hawaiian god of farming and fertility. Suspended albatross skins were also hung from these staff and carried around the island.
Feathers from the Ka'upu and Mōlī were used to create lei, staff, and kahili (royal standards). These kahili can be seen at Iolani Palace framing the throne. Mōlī bones were historically used by Hawaiians as tattoo needles.
Kiamanu, master feather workers, are culturally important and are still around today. Utilizing feathers collected on Kuaihelani (Midway) and Hōlanikū (Kure) atoll, through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act permit to ensure cultural activities are not lost. The Kiamanu Project "aims to support the perpetuation of traditional practices and ceremonies that promote responsible environmental kinship and whose tools and feather products were traditionally made from seabirds.".