Philip Rickard Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry
Replicas of Queen Liliuokalani's original bracelet (above) are available from Philip Rickard stores island-wide, or at www.philiprickardhonolulu.com.
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."
ARCHIVED: From our Calabash, December 2007 issue.