The Coat of Arms of the Hawaiian Kingdom, as seen on the gates to ‘Iolani Palace..


"On the coat of arms of the Nation of Hawai‘i, which was drawn up during the time of Kamehameha III, the coat of arms has the two royal kapu twins, Kame‘eiamoku and Kamanawa, who were uncles of Kamehameha the Great and his counselors in the wars to unite the islands. Kame‘eiamoku was the father of Hoapili and Ho‘olulu.

"These two high chiefs were among a group known as the "Five Fierce Warriors of Kona." Kame‘eiamoku and Kamanawa were two of them. And Ke‘eaumoku, who was the father of Ka‘ahumanu. And then there was Kekuhaupi‘o, the warrior chief who taught Kamehameha how to fight lua, spearthrowing, use of the sling, and other Hawaiian cultural ways of fighting wars.

"And then there was Keawe-a-Heulu. Keawe-a-Heulu was a cousin of Kamehameha, but he later became the great-grandfather of King Kalakaua. So there is a blood connection between the Kalakaua family and the Kamehameha family. That’s one of the reasons that King Kalakaua could become a candidate for the throne of Hawai‘i, because of the blood connection, or else they wouldn’t have placed him there.

"The two men on the coat of arms are uncles of Kamehameha the Great, and they were his main supporters. One of them was Kame‘eiamoku and the other was Kamanawa."