About the BSN Logo
Malama I Ka Po’e O Ka ’Aina
Caring for the People of the Land
The University of Hawai’i at Hilo Baccalaureate Nursing Pin was designed by the Class of 1996 to depict the strength and perseverance symbolized by the snow-capped mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawai’i, home of Pele (volcano goddess) and Poli’aku (snow goddess of Mauna Kea). The taro plant symbolizes the ’ohana (family) as the basic social unit providing the intimacy, love, caring protection and teaching that enables people to function within the community. This plant generates its own keiki (children) as offshoots. The rainbow represents the diversity of colors in the Universe and humankind, providing the nurturing ua (rain).
This pin is earned after the successful demonstration of critical thinking and the provision of culturally congruent care on the recommendation of the UH Hilo Baccalaureate Nursing faculty. A replica of the pin made of koa wood as well as a real pin may be viewed in the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing Lab in UCB 200.