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Hawaii National Guard Unit Emblems: Hiki No

December 8, 2018

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess enhanced Argent and Azure in chief a representation of Diamond Head Sable issuant from base overall a Hawaiian warrior holding in dexter hand a spear palewise of the last wearing a feather cloak Or charged with crescents of the third and a feather helmet Gules a border of the like. Attached below the shield a silver scroll inscribed “HIKI NO” in Blue letters.

Scarlet is the color for Artillery organizations. Participation by the unit in the Hawaiian Rebellion of 1895 is indicated by the Diamond Head, where one important engagement occurred. The Hawaiian warrior commemorates the ancient warrior, King Kamehameha I, who founded the Hawaiian Kingdom.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 227th Engineer Battalion on 27 July 1962. It was re-designated for the 487th Artillery and amended to change the color of the border on 1 March 1966. The insignia was re-designated for the 487th Field Artillery Regiment on 24 July 1972.

This information was taken from the program for the Wahiawa Armory Memorialization Ceremony. The ceremony recognized COL (Ret) Francis “Miki” A. I. Bowers and the renaming the armory in his honor. The event took place on May 4, 2014.

Previous Retiree News post on Francis “Miki” A. I. Bowers

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