As I was going through my pictures of the Kimo Theater, I saw the swastika on the décor. I was a bit shocked.  I asked my friend why they would use it. My friend stated she also saw it and was wondering the same thing.

True Meaning Behind the Swastika

I decided to find out the true meaning behind the swastika and what it had to do with the Native American Indians.

I discovered that the swastika had significant meaning to many cultures and countries. Hilter adopted the symbol in the 1920s.  In 1930 with what he did to the Jews, the swastika became a bad symbol.  Its original meaning of well being and good luck was destroyed.  It then became a symbol of hate and horror associated with the Nazi party, which we continue to practice today.

The Symbol

The swastika is a geometrical figure that dates back many years.  It’s an ancient religious icon in the cultures of Eurasia. It is used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions.  It has been found in archaeological remains of the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia Civilizations, as well as in early Christian and Byzantine artwork.

Hindu Swastika at Goa Lawah Temple Bali

The name swastika comes from the Sanskrit meaning “well being or auspicious,” from a combination of “su” good and “asti” to be. The symbol has different meanings in different religions, countries, and cultures, but none are bad or hateful.


The swastika, in Hinduism, means “surva” or sun and is meant to bring prosperity and good luck.

In Buddhism, the swastika symbolizes the auspicious footprints of the Buddha, and in several major Indo-European religions, the swastika symbolizes lightning bolts, which represent the thunder god and king of gods, such as Indra, Zeus, Jupiter, and Thor.

Countries Including the United States

Many countries such as Finland, Ireland, Russia, Sweden, and Norway, to name a few, used the swastika symbol.

Swastika in San Francisco

Many of the Native American tribes used the swastika, however it was mostly used by the Navajo.  It was displayed in much of their Indian decor.

Many Federal buildings such as courthouses and post offices featured the swastika as decor on the buildings.

The Department of Transportation in Arizona created highway signs featuring a right-facing swastika superimposed on an arrowhead.

Kimo Theater Decor

The swastika was included in the decor of the Kimo Theater for several reasons, which are:

  1. It’s a beautiful, uplifting symbol long used by the American Indians.
  2. It is a reminder to all that the swastika is a part of ancient American Indian heritage and art deco design.

History is History

There are good and bad things associated with history. It’s sad that we tend to dwell on the bad and want to wipe out  as if it never happened.  We should be learning more about the history of things, mistakes made and change things for the better.

Keeping symbols of the past such as flags décor, and statues does not glorify the wrong done.  These symbols remind us and future generations, that we messed up, we’ve learned from the past mistakes and have become better.

The swastika is a great example. I always associated it with Hilter and the bad instead of learning about its good. Now that I know what the original meaning of the swastika is, whenever I see it, I will think of well-being, good luck and prosperity.

I will not forget how Hilter used it to symbolize hate and evil, but I won’t give him the satisfaction of thinking the swastika has that meaning.

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Note: References from Wikipedia