Kamakahelei, House of

Registration Information:

  • Society of American Armigers Registry No.: AA0043
  • Registration Date: 2 July 2018
  • Date Assumed: 2 July 2018
  • Heraldic Artist: Dr. Joseph Crews
  • Armiger: House of Kamakahelei 1 under the protection of H.R.H. Prince Darrick Lane Hoapili Liloa Kamakahelei Baker of Hawai'i, USA
  • Copyright: © Copyright, House of Kamakahelei, All Rights Reserved.

* The following blazon and/or emblazonment are hereby Certified by the armiger listed, to be his/her original (or inherited/matriculated) Arms.

Category: American Armigers, Institutional Armigers

Arms as interpreted by Dr. Joseph Crews
Arms as interpreted by Dr. Joseph Crews
Lesser Arms as interpreted by Dr. Joseph Crews
Lesser Arms as interpreted by Dr. Joseph Crews

Blazon:

Arms:  The quartered shield is trimmed Or, and has in its 1st and 4th quarters the Gules, Argent and Azure stripes representing the eight inhabited Hawaiian islands. The 2nd and 3rd quarters have emblems of Pulo'ulo'u Staffs in Argent on Or. The inescutcheon has crossed spears Or and the triangular standard Or on Vert. The shield is surmounted by the Crown of Hawai'i. The dexter supporter represents Kamanawa holding a spear, the sinister Kame'eiamoku holding a feather standard (kahili), twin brothers who were both High Chiefs and the Counselors of State to King Kamehameha I, both standing on a filagree Or. Beneath the motto and a suspended from the filigree Or is the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai'i. The mantle Gules and lining Argent, with trim Or, is surmounted by the Crown of Hawai'i.

Lesser Arms:  (as shown in the Other Interpretations, below) The quartered shield is trimmed Or, and has in its 1st and 4th quarters the Gules, Argent and Azure stripes representing the eight inhabited Hawaiian islands. The 2nd and 3rd quarters have emblems of Pulo'ulo'u Staffs in Argent on Or. The inescutcheon has crossed spears Or and the triangular standard Or on Vert. The shield is surmounted by the Crown of Hawai'i. The dexter supporter represents Kamanawa holding a spear, the sinister Kame'eiamoku holding a feather standard (kahili), twin brothers who were both High Chiefs and the Counselors of State to King Kamehameha I, both standing on a filagree Or. Beneath the motto and a suspended from the filigree Or is the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai'i. (The Full Arms without the Mantle and Crown)

Motto:  Ua mau ke ea o ka 'āina i ka pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)

Badge:  Vert bordered Or, two crossed spears (Alia) Or and the triangular standard (Puela) Or.(see Other Items & Honors below)

Other Registration(s):

  • pending

Other Items & Honors

Dynastic Banner: The Red and Gold being the royal colors and representing the Ali'i. The Crown is a traditional Hawaiian Crown. The 8 stars are for the 8 main Hawaiian islands. The flame in a blue sea has a double meaning, the creative force of Pele creating Hawaii in the sea, and as a symbol of the Royal House of Kamakahelei. The entire Kamakahelei family is associated with fire.

Queen Kamakahelei was said to possess a power to make her enemies burst into flames. She called one of her sons, "the fire of the nobility." The Baker clan is also associated with fire - it is in their name.

The nautical oval of rope also relates to the house of Kamakahelei - Queen Kamakahelei was among the first to row out to greet Captain Cook. It is also symbolic of the native Hawaiian's long and heroic sea voyages.

Badge or Royal Emblem: Vert bordered Or, two crossed spears (Alia) Or and the triangular standard (Puela) Or. According to the Polynesian newspaper of May 31, 1845: "The triangular flag at the fess point, was an ancient flag of the Hawaiian chiefs which was raised at sea, above the sail of their canoes, and the sail at that time being of a peculiar construction, it presented a very beautiful appearance. It was also placed in a leaning position, across two spears in front of the King's house, to indicate both tabu 2 and protection. The name of the flag was Puela and name of the cross on which it lies Alia."

Notes & References

  • The House of Kamakahelei, is considered a deposed Royal House and is under the protection of H.R.H. Prince Darrick Lane Hoapili Liloa Kamakahelei Baker, a direct descendant of the Royal Kings of Hawai'i. H.R.H. Prince Darrick is considered a pretender to the throne of Hawai'i (a pretender is an aspirant or claimant to a throne that either has been abolished, suspended, occupied or usurped by another).

  • Tabu is a traditional Hawaiian concept denoting something as holy or sacred, with spiritual or implied rules and prohibitions.
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