I live and work in Hawai‘i as a lawyer and it has been my home for me since 1967.
I mention “Kama’aina” in the title. It means “child of the land”. Of course you want your lawyer to be excellent. But you also want them to understand you and to respect Hawai‘i an its people.
Who at we anyway? The state motto means more in Hawai‘i than state mottos in other states:
“Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono”
Often it is translated into English as “the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”.
“Aina” is an important concept in the Islands. But there is more to “Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono” than the common translation.
What does that have to do with choosing a lawyer? What does that have to do with finding te right person to talk to you about your rights and represent you if you decide to stand up for your rights?
“Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono” are the words of Kamehameha III spoken on July 31, 1843. The King had restored independence for the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi following five months of British occupation. Kaʻiwakīloumoku the Hawaiian Cultural Center offers a broader perspective:
If your “hanabata days” were spent in public school classrooms, you probably recognize this saying as the motto of the State of Hawaiʻi, and have heard its most common translation, “the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” This is one possible meaning of the saying, yet it makes no reference to the original sentiment that makes the saying so memorable.Given the circumstances, perhaps a better interpretation of the saying would be “The sovereignty of the land is perpetuated through justice.” Yet a slightly different analysis of the word “pono,” to mean universal balance and harmony, also offers a holistic explanation: “The life or sovereignty of the land is maintained in harmony.”
A resident of Honolulu, Hawaii, Wayne Parson is an Injury Attorney that has dedicate his life to improving the delivery of justice to the people of his community and throughout the United States. He is driven to make sure that the wrongful, careless or negligent behavior that caused his clients' injury or loss does not happen to others.