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State Symbols

img_state-flag_2The State Flag

The State Flag has eight stripes (representing the eight major islands), of white, red and blue; the field closely resembles the Union Jack of Great Britain, from which the original flag apparently was designed.

State Seal of HawaiiState of Hawaii State Seal

The State Seal has a heraldic shield in the center and a figure of King Kamehameha I on its right side and the Goddess of Liberty holding the Hawaiian flag on its left. Below the shield is the Phoenix surrounded by taro leaves, banana foliage, and sprays of maidenhair fern. With color added, the seal becomes the State Coat of Arms.

The State Motto

The words Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono which mean "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness." The saying is attributed to King Kamehameha III on July 31, 1843, when the Hawaiian flag was once more raised after a brief period of unauthorized usurpation of authority by a British admiral.

The State Anthem

Hawaii Ponoi, written by King David Kalakaua and set to music by Prof. Henry Berger, the Royal Bandmaster. It was also the anthem of the Kingdom and the Territory of Hawaii.

Hawaii Ponoi  Be loyal to your chief   
Nana i kou moi    Hawaii’s own true sons
Ka lani alii  You country’s liege and lord
Ke alii   The chief
Hui  Chorus
Makua lani e  Royal father
Kamehameha e Kamehameha
Na kaua e pale Shall defend in war
Me ka ihe    With spears
Hawaii Ponoi Hawaiiʻs own true sons
Nana i na alii  Look to your chief
Na pua muli kou Those chiefs of younger birth
Na pokii     Younger descent
Hawaii Ponoi Hawaii’s own true sons
E ka lahui e   People of loyal heart
O kau hana nui   The only duty lies
E u ie   List and abide