Replicas of Queen Liliuokalani's original bracelet (above) are available from Philip Rickard stores island-wide, or at www.philiprickardhonolulu.com.
Queen Liliuokalani was a trendsetter. It's been more than a century since Hawaii's last reigning monarch wore the first Hawaiian bracelet, yet we still see the jewelry worn every day.
Her original bracelet, made in Hawaii by European jewelers, was engraved with the Hawaiian phrase, "Ho'omana'o Mau," or "A Lasting Remembrance." Hawaiian heirloom jewelry manufacturer Philip Rickard, working from a series of photos, only recently translated a series of Masonic, French, Heraldic and Hawaiian symbols flanking the phrase on both sides.
"After methodically breaking down the meanings of the symbols and placing those core meanings into a sentence, it immediately became clear that the arrangement meant something," Rickard says. Something that he interprets as a prayer: "Always remember that guidance from above protects me and those I protect by my good judgment and love of perfection, light and life, for I am royalty."