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Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

In 1845, the Kingdom of Hawai`i adopted a National Coat of Arms replete with symbolism. Click here for a detailed description of that symbolism. The motto at the bottom is translated as "The life of the land is perpetuated by righteousness". The coat of arms pictured above is mounted at various places on the fence that surrounds `Iolani Palace.

When the monarchy was overthrown, the new Territory of Hawai`i adopted a very similar coat of arms. Following statehood, another very similar coat of arms was adopted by the state.

`Iolani Palace is open to the public for tours. Do book your visit in advance because this is a very popular attraction.

The Friends of Iolani Palace organization supports, guides, and manages Palace activities, providing caring stewardship for this Hawaiian landmark and national treasure. It currently administers the Palace under a lease with the State of Hawaii. You can donate to help preserve this historic treasure by clicking here.

Note: Fifty percent of the purchase price of this photo will be donated to the Friends of Iolani Palace.

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