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"Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono"
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono is a well-known Hawaiian phrase which was adopted as the motto of the state of Hawai'i. As such, it is commonly translated as "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness".
This phrase was first spoken by Kamehameha III on July 31, 1843 at Thomas Square, O'ahu, when the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawai'i was returned by the British.