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.
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.
|Name||Ka Hae Hawaiʻi|
|(The flag of Hawaii)|
|Adopted||December 29, 1845|
|Flag day||July 31|
|Use||Civil and state flag|
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 history
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.
Hawaii Flag Info