Hawaii State Flag
|Name||Ka Hae Hawaiʻi
(The flag of Hawaii)
|Adopted||December 29, 1845|
|Flag day||July 31|
|Inspired by||Flag of the British
East India Company
|Use||Civil and state flag|
The state flag of Hawaii has the Union Jack of the United Kingdom at the canton. The field of the flag is composed of eight horizontal stripes (from top to bottom: white, red, blue, white, red, blue, white, red) symbolizing the eight inhabited islands (Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lānai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau). Flag of Hawaii is a deliberate hybrid of British flag and American flag to showcase the roles played by Great Britain and United States in the history of Hawaii.
Hawaii State Flag
Hawaii Flag Colors - symbolism
Red: valor, bravery and sacrifice
White: purity, innocence and peace
Blue: vigilance, perseverance and justice
Union Jack: The British Union Jack represents Hawaii's historical relationship with Great Britian as its protectorate.
Stripes:The eight alternating white, red and blue stripes represent the eight inhabited islands of Hawaii.
Red RGB: (178,34,52) Hex: #B22234
Blue RGB: (60,59,110) Hex: #3C3B6E
White RGB: (255,255,255) Hex: #FFFFFF
Hawaii Flag history
King Kamehameha I united the islands into a single entity and used the Union Jack (British flag) until 1816. That year, to be seen as an ally to both USA and Great Britain, red, white, and blue stripes were added the Union Jack to create a distinctive national flag for Hawaii. King Kamehameha III standardized the number of stripes on the national flag to eight, symbolizing the eight major islands (Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi and Niʻihau). Hawaii became a U.S. territory on August 12, 1898 and a state in the union on August 21, 1959, but continued to use the same flag it used as a nation.
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Flag of the British East India Company
Flag of the Governor of Hawaii