When Did "Kulia i ka Nuʻu" Become the School Motto?
St. Andrew's Schools

The School's motto Kūlia i ka Nuʻu is most likely something a Priory alumna will never forget. While the saying is said to have been the motto of Queen Kapiʻolani not many know how it also became the motto of St. Andrew’s Schools. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge in collaboration with the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition declared September 2020 to be the inaugural Hawaiian History Month. St. Andrew’s Schools is proud to be a part of this rich history as a representative of Queen Emma’s legacy.

“In honor of this month and our Priory alumna, we looked through our archives to further understand the origin of our school motto,” said Megan Dung, Advancement Assistant. “In ‘The History of St. Andrew’s Priory 1867-1918,’ a book was written by Sister Monica Mary Heyes, a Priory nun up until 1969. The adoption of the motto dates back to 1922.”

In the book, Sister Monica explained that on Ascension Day in 1922, Bishop Restarick stated that The Priory had no motto. After that year (1922), Kūlia i ka Nuʻu began to show up in school records as its motto. Sister Monica continued her research and historical work publishing another book in 2014 called, "Women of Devotion: History of an Anglican Religious Community: Begun in 1898," which is available on Amazon.