Hawaii State Flag
    Hawaii Flag
    Hawaii flag
    Name Ka Hae Hawaiʻi
    (The flag of Hawaii)
    Adopted December 29, 1845
    Proportion 1:2
    Flag day July 31
    Use Civil and state flag
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    Hawaii flag

    Hawaii flag
    Hawaii 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 Flag Colors - symbolism

    Hawaii Flag Colors - meaning
    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.

    Hawaii Flag history

    Hawaii Flag
    Hawaii Flag history

    King Kamehameha I flew a British flag, probably a Red Ensign, given to him by British explorer Captain George Vancouver as a token of friendship with King George III. During the War of 1812, a flag of the United States was raised over Kamehameha's home, only to be removed when British officers in the court of Kamehameha vehemently objected to it.

    Hawaii Flag information

    Hawaii Flag
    Hawaii Flag information

    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.