Ka Sila Hawaiʻi | Unisex Tee - ALL SALES FINAL

Sale price Price $25.00 Regular price

Organic Cotton | "Acid" (mineral) washed | Designed in Hawaii | Made in the USA

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 Haalilio, William Richards and George Simpson in London on November 28, 1843, now known as La Kuokoa (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, Haalilio went to The College of Arms and commissioned this coat of arms. It bears the images of Kamanawa and Kameeiamoku (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 puloulou (opposite the stripes), puela (an old type of flag) and alia (two crossed sticks made of kauila or mamane wood) are all chiefly symbols. At the bottom of the original (not this version) is the famous saying: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono - The sovereignty of the land endures through righteousness. Ua sila ia ke aloha aina - Love of country is permanently fixed in us.