Hawaii Fact 50 of 50: Hawaii’s State Motto

Hawaii's State Motto on Iolani Palace Gate

As this series of 50 facts about the 50th State was evolving, I decided weeks ago that I wanted Hawaii’s state motto to be the 50th fact. Why? Well, I feel that Hawaii’s state motto captures the essence of the Aloha State.

Hawaii’s motto is a Hawaiian phrase, “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono”, which literally translates to “the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”  This motto was further explained to me to mean “to do what is right in your life and for the land.”

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Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Instagram.


  1. Loved all of them! I think this one is my favorite!

  2. Wow! – What a great series of posts. Its a shame that Hawaii isn’t the 100th state, celebrating the 100th anniversary today. ;^)

  3. Nice motto. this is actually the first of the 50 post on the facts of Hawaii that I have seen. Will be going through the rest.

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