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<h3>The State Motto:
<p><font color="midnightblue">The words <b><i>Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono</i></b> 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 ursurpation of authority by a British admiral.</p>
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<b><A HREF="ponoi.mid"><i></i></A></b>, 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 is the only State in the Union which was formerly a Kingdom. <HR color="green">

<h3>Hawaii ponoi Nana i kou, moi

Kalani Alii, ke Alii.

Makua lani e Kamehameha e

Na kaua e pale Me ka ihe.</h3>

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Hawaii's own true sons, be loyal to your chief

Your country's liege and lord, the Alii.

Father above us all, Kamehameha,

Who guarded in the war with his ihe
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<B>HAWAI'I</b> as it is now known was referred to by Mariners of old as <b>OWYHEE</b> until Captain Cook, in honour of an Earl named these as the <b>SANDWICH ISLANDS</b> no doubt a good political move in his day.

When I was born we were simply <b>TH</b> which stood for <B>TERRITORY OF HAWAII</b>.

As a historical matter, this little group of Islands has had considerable importance. It is the sole and only <b>STATE</b> in the <b>UNITED STATES OF AMERICA</b> which was formerly a <b> NATION COUNTRY</B> and continues to fly what once was a <b>NATIONAL FLAG</b> which displays the Union Jack of <b>GREAT BRITAIN,</b> an ever present reminder of Captain Cook's landing at the place of my birth, Kealakekua. <b>IOLANI PALACE</b> is the only <b>ROYAL PALACE</b> of a former <b>KINGDOM</b> on American soil.

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To this very day, the principal streets running through the city of Honolulu are <b>KING</b> and <b>BERETANIA</b>. Many people born and raised in Honolulu do not realize that this was the old Hawaiian way of pronouncing <b>BRITTANIA</b> with a couple of extra vowels interlineated, Hawaiian is a vowel rich language. It was committed to paper through the joint efforts of the first missionaries and the Monarchy, one of the first priorities of the Mission group arriving in 1820. Their efforts were so remarkable that these people who were of the Stone Age just four decades before became one of the most literate Nations in the World.

They are so heavy into vowel sounds that we have words like K<b>AAA</b>W<b>A</b>.... ..go ahead, say it out loud
As we are always attempting to understand the cultures of other countries, trying to understand the continuing conflicts that date back for centuries, those of us in the United States have been remarkably fortunate to have somehow overcome the perpetuity of the kinds of things which we see emerging from time to time in other parts of the World.

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Though it is doubtful that a genuine conflict will ultimately transpire, there is a growing movement in the Islands to restore sovereignty to the Hawaiians. It is a consequence of a grassroots movement amongst those of Hawaiian blood lineage to have the power returned to the <b>true</b> former owners of the lands that were seized at the turn of the past century.

As a matter of principle, if you will, the actual granting of <B>STATEHOOD</b> to our little Islands still sticks in the craw of those of us who remember growing up in <b>TH.</b>That <b>ALASKA</b> was admitted into the Union before was, quite frankly, an insult. Having lived under Martial Law during the war years, not to speak of the most highly decorated military units in WWII history, an all Japanese Infantry unit, none of that seemed to matter to the politicians. Hawaii lost thousands of young men to the Nation's battles during WWII and Korea and was the support center for the Pacific World War II theater, and in spite of all of that, it took <B>FOURTEEN YEARS</b> to bring about a remedy.

I cannot remember how many 49'th State Fairs I went to as a kid, it simply never occurred to us that we would be the last and 50'th.

It's all in the past, but something that may be of interest to the rest of you. These are comments which are generally suppressed. Today's HAWAII has nearly forgotten the good old days of <B>TH</b>

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