Warriors Primary Logo
When you think of Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is likely its iconic Warriors logo. For over 50 years, this design has been an integral part of the University of Hawaii’s identity and a source of pride for generations. To understand how it came to be so beloved, we must take a look at its history.
The original version was designed by UH art professor Harry Tsuchidana in 1968 as part of his master's thesis project and featured two koa trees—an indigenous species found on all Hawaiian islands—framing a shield with “UH” written across it in bold lettering. This symbolized strength and unity among Hawaiians while also representing their culture through the use of traditional elements like koa wood carving styles seen throughout Polynesia. The colors chosen were green (for life), yellow (for sunshine), and black (to represent power).
Over time, minor tweaks have been made to modernize the logo without deviating from its core meaning or design principles; most notably in 1999 when new typography was introduced along with more vibrant shades for each color element including royal blue which replaced black as an additional representation for power within UH Athletics programs. In addition to being used on uniforms, merchandise items such as hats or t-shirts can often be spotted around campus sporting this timeless icon – making it one that will continue standing strong long into future generations!
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2000 - Present
A green with white, black, and silver trim letter “H” with a totem pole design.
1982 - 2000
A white with black highlight letters “UH” with a red, yellow, green, and blue rainbow trailing from the letters.