Hawaii State Motto

Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono

The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

The state motto of Hawaii is "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono," which translates to "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness" in English. This motto was adopted on May 1, 1959, when Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The phrase reflects the Hawaiian values of maintaining harmony and balance between the people and the land, emphasizing the importance of righteousness and ethical conduct in preserving the life and prosperity of the islands. The motto encapsulates the cultural and environmental significance that Hawaiians place on responsible stewardship of their natural resources and the interconnectedness of people with the land.