The emblem simultaneously depicts the rising sun (oadna) coming up from behind the two mountains (represented by the pair of darker diagonal triangles in the upper half) that Appa lies in front of, as well as the setting sun (oasda) on the sea horizon. The passage of the sun between these two points is itself seen as symbolic of the migratory history of Appa's founders, originally dwelling on the peaks. The four-point compass rose represents the nautical life associated with the seaside location (note also that the words oadna and oasda refer to the cardinal directions associated with sunrise and sunset when the locative -da is suffixed).
As a pattern the emblem can be reduced to a simple contrast between a darker hue and a brighter one. The canonical colour scheme involves three shades: a purple for the darker parts representing the sky and the sea, a yellow for the sun and the brighter halves of the compass rose, and an orange for the remaining brighter parts representing sunlight.