Kingdom of Hawaii

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KINGDOM OF HAWAII

Arms (crest) of Kingdom of Hawaii

Origin/meaning

The first and fourth quarters display the white, red, and blue bars of Ka Hae Hawaiʻi or the Flag of Hawaiʻi. The eight bars represent the eight main islands.

The second and third quarters are on a yellow field with a white 'Puloʻuloʻu, or tabu ball pierced on a black staff. The Pulo'ulo'u was carried before the king and placed before the door of his home, signifying his authority and power. In the arms it is a symbol of the authority and power of the government.

The two warrior supporters represent the old government leader (King Kamehameha the Great) and the new government leader (The Goddess of Liberty).

I have no info on the meaning of the inescutcheon.

The state motto: Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Āina i ka Pono is roughly translated into English as "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.


Arms of Kingdom of Hawaii

The arms on an 1883 coin

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