The seal of the state of Hawaii features a grand image of King Kamehameha I, royally dressed and holding his staff, and a classic rendition of Liberty, holding the Hawaiian flag, on either side of a heraldic shield. A Phoenix rises up from native foliage. The date 1959, representing Hawaii’s statehood, displays prominently.Wording on the seal reads “State of Hawaii” across the top. On the bottom of the seal is a quote attributed to King Kamehameha III, after a British admiral attempted a takeover in 1843: “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono”, translated as “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”