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The outer shape of the No-Ka-Oi patch is designed in the roots of Kenpo Karate that was brought to the United States from the Hawaiian Islands in the early fifties. The outer shape is in close association with the Asian Kenpo influence because of the history and roots of Grand Master Nunez in Kenpo Karate from the 1960’s. The outer border color of red is signifying the new martial art system No-Ka-Oi. The color of the new uniform is red and birth of a new martial art. The inside border is the color black. Black is for the uniforms of the first generation of LimaLama Black Belt Association of Instructors and students. The word LimaLama means hand of wisdom in Polynesian. Master Nunez is one of the original six masters who started the LimaLama organization in 1965 for the world to embrace. The word Original is for the creator and founder of No-Ka-Oi Grand Master Nunez. No-Ka-Oi was established in 1992. No-Ka-Oi was presented to the world in 1995 in Whittier, Ca. The word No-Ka-Oi is Polynesian meaning “the Best” or number 1. No-Ka-Oi was born out of different martial arts and combat training and through hard work; effort and experimentation Master Nunez took the best out all of the arts and created No-Ka-Oi. The royal color gold is for the Polynesian King Kamehameha I, and the Polynesian people who planted the seeds of martial arts in the United States. The yellow gold hibiscus is the official flower of Hawaii and was used to form the king’s cape. The color gold is for the sun that brings enlightenment, knowledge and growth to the world. Gold is to signify unity and brotherhood among all peoples for a common cause. The color red is the official color of the island of Hawaii. The color red is for the strength in all the races of mankind for all blood runs red. It is also the color of struggle to overcome your enemies with power, dignity and mercy. The color of red is to rejoice in the fellowship of mankind through No-Ka-Oi and the arts. The color black is for the foundation to build upon from the masters to the novice. Black is the color of transition and ceremony of the highest order as an individual achieves knowledge in No-Ka-Oi. In the color black, No-Ka-Oi pays homage to the tradition and respect of the ancient arts from around the world. The Polynesian figure represents King Kamehameha I a warrior leader who was born in 1758, the year of Halley’s comet. Kamehameha was very strong, as well as being able to lift and move stone boulders, that no other warrior could. He was unbeatable in weapons and hand to hand combat using Lua. Kamehameha’s greatest achievement was the conquest of these islands and their unification under one government. The Hawaiian spear above the head of the figure symbolizes the protection and weapon of choice to demonstrate the strength and courage of the Hawaiian peoples. The spirit of the spear is passed on to all practitioners of No-Ka-Oi. The stars are for the five islands of Hawaii. The red and black stripes are from the state flag of Hawaii. The flag resembles the Union Jack of Great Britain. King Kamehameha used British advisors once the islands were placed under British protection in the late 1700s’. The torch is the symbol of freedom. The letter N is for Master Nunez’s family name.