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Sila Hawaiʻi Tee

The coat of arms, a.k.a. the royal crest, is one of our treasured national symbols. Its story is tied to Hawaiian Kingdom independence, which was achieved by Timoteo Haʻalilio, William Richards and George Simpson in London on November 28, 1843, now known as Lā Kūʻokoʻa (Independence Day). The group had been sent by King Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III, to America and Europe to seek this recognition, a journey that took more than two years. While in London in 1842, Haʻalilio went to The College of Arms and commissioned this coat of arms. It bears the images of Kamanawa and Kameʻeiamoku (twin chiefs who were uncles and advisors of Kamehameha I) in feather capes, holding a spear and a feather standard, respectively. The eight stripes represent the eight inhabited islands. The pūloʻuloʻu (opposite the stripes), puela (an old type of flag) and ālia (two crossed sticks made of kauila or māmane wood) are all chiefly symbols. At the bottom of the original (not this version) is the famous saying: Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono - The sovereignty of the land endures through righteousness. Ua sila ʻia ke aloha ʻāina - Love of country is permanently fixed in us.

He hōʻailona nui ka sila Hawaiʻi no ko kākou aupuni aloha. ʻOiai ʻo Haʻalilio ma ka huakaʻi ʻimi kūʻokoʻa, hele akula ʻo ia i ke College of Arms ma Ladana, a noi akula i kēia sila. Wahi a kekahi moʻolelo, na Haʻalilio ia i haku, kuhi naʻe mākou ua kamaʻilio mua ʻia paha me kona haku, me Kauikeaouli, ke aliʻi nāna i hoʻouna iā ia a me nā ʻelele ʻē aʻe, ʻo William Richards lāua ʻo George Simpson i ua huakaʻi koʻikoʻi lā i ʻAmelika a me ʻEulopa. Ua kō ka pahuhopu o lākou i ka lā 28 o Nowemapa, 1843, ka Lā Kūʻokoʻa o Ke Aupuni Hawaiʻi. He manaʻo ko kēlā me kēia māhele o ka sila. ʻO Kamanawa ke aliʻi ma ka hema e paʻa ana ka ihe ma kona lima. Aia kona māhoe ma ka ʻākau, ʻo Kameʻeiamoku hoʻi, ka mea iā ia ke kāhili. He mau mākua lāua no Kamehameha i aʻoaʻo akula iā ia ma kona naʻi aupuni ʻana. ʻO nā kaha ʻewalu o ka māhele o waena, he hōʻailona no nā mokupuni ʻewalu e noho ʻia nei e kānaka. ʻO ka pūloʻuloʻu, ka puela, a me ke ālia, he mau hōʻailona aliʻi kēia mau mea a pau. Aia i lalo ka ʻōlelo kaulana a Kauikeaouli i ka wā o kona kali ʻana e hōʻoia ʻia mai ke kūʻokoʻa o ke aupuni Hawaiʻi, ʻo ia hoʻi "Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono." Ua hōʻoia ʻia maila nō ke kūʻokoʻa a ua sila ʻia ihola ke aloha ʻāina o kākou.

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