State mottoes often give us insight into the thinking of a particular state’s founders. The motto of the state of Hawaii was officially adopted in 1959, but has been used unofficially since 1825. The motto is, Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. Translated into English it means, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” There is a debate as to the origin of the slogan, but it is certainly not a bad slogan for any state, society or nation.
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