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The Hawaii State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Hawaii serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Aloha State". The Hawaii state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The following motto is also incorporated in the Hawaii state seal and is expressed in Hawaiian as "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono" which means:

"The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"

The Hawaii state seal identifies government buildings and officials. The symbolism and history of the seal of Hawaii are described in this article with fast facts and information.

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Facts on the Hawaii State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Hawaii State Seal:

Hawaii State Seal Facts
Fact 1: The year 1894 signified the date that the Hawaii republic was established
Fact 2: The republic seal was designed by the College of Arms in London
Fact 3: 1959 was the year of statehood
Fact 4: New Hawaii seal officially designated by Act 272 of the 1959 Territorial Legislature

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The Seal of the Hawaiian Islands
The territorial seal of the Hawaiian Islands was designed in 1817 and depicts the sacred chiefs guarding the Hawaiian coat of arms. The two royal kapu twins, Kame‘eiamoku and Kamanawa, were uncles of Kamehameha the Great and his counselors in the wars to unite the Hawaiian islands. One bears a a feathered standard called a kahili and the other holds a spear as in the processions of ancient times. The field of the flag is composed of eight horizontal stripes symbolizing the eight major islands of Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lānai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau.

Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Hawaii State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems of Hawaii are as follows:

The rising sun replaced the royal crown from the original coat of arms (see picture below).
The rising sun represented the birth of the new state in 1959

The original coat of arms is retained and depicts stripes as symbols of the islands of Hawaii and the ancient Puloulou, or tabu ball and stick. This ancient emblem was carried before the kings and chiefs of Hawaii to signifying authority and power

The star in the middle of the green shield signifies the 50th star added to the United States flag
The figures depicted are the old government leader King Kamehameha the Great and a figure of the Lady Liberty symbolizing the new government
Beneath the figures and the coat of arms is an image of the mythical phoenix rising from the flame and the ashes to symbolize the change from the monarchy to a free, democratic form of government.
The phoenix and the central images are surrounded by taro leaves, banana foliage and sprays of maidenhair fern which all grow in the islands of Hawaii
The Hawaii state seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

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