The coat of arms, a.k.a. the royal crest, is one of our treasured national symbols. Its story is tied to that of Hawaiian Kingdom independence. Timoteo Haʻalilio, William Richards and George Simpson were sent by King Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III, to America and Europe to seek recognition of Hawaiʻi as an independent nation, which happened in London on November 28, 1843, now known as Lā Kūʻokoʻa (Independence Day). The whole journey took more than two years. While in London in 1842, Haʻalilio went to The College of Arms and commisioned the coat of arms. This sweatshirt features a re-done version of only the middle part of the original crest, inspired by the shield that sits on the gates of Huliheʻe palace on Hawaiʻi. Two quarters of the central shield bear four stripes each, totaling eight for all the inhabited islands. The two other quaters have pūloʻuloʻu (a chiefly insignia). In the center is the puela (an old type of flag) backed by ālia (two sticks made of kauila or māmane wood). Ua sila ʻia ke aloha ʻāina - Love of country is permanently fixed in us.
Organic French Terry | Designed in Hawaiʻi | Made in the USA
NOTE: This Unisex Sweatshirt is also available in the Wahine category