Hawaii State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

When was the Hawaii state flag adopted and why is there a British flag in the corner?

The original state flag of Hawaii was originally adopted in 1845. The small flag of Great Britain on the canton of the flag of Hawaii, is to honor Hawaii’s friendship and deep rooted history with the British.

What is on the Hawaii flag and what does it represent?

The state of Hawaii flag consists of a Union Jack of the United Kingdom at the canton (upper left corner). The field of the flag consists of eight horizontal stripes (white, red, blue, white, red, blue, white, red), which represent the eight inhabited islands of Hawaii. The islands are: Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau. The red on the flag represents valor, bravery and sacrifice. The white represents purity, innocence and peace, and the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice. The state flag of Hawaii is a deliberate hybrid of a British and American flag to demonstrate the huge importance Great Britain and the United States are to the history of Hawaii.

How are you supposed to fly the Hawaii flag with your American flag?

When flying the Hawaii and American flag on the same pole, the flag of the United States must always be at the top and the Hawaii flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the Hawaii flag will be to the right of the flag of the United States situating the U.S. flag in the position of honor, which is to the observer’s left of the other flags.

Where might I purchase a Hawaii Flag?

For a 100% made in the USA Hawaii Flag, give Star Spangled Flags a try! All of their flags are 100% made in the USA from materials that are 100% made in the USA! They are treated so that their flags dry fast and resist sun and chemical deterioration keeping the colors bright and beautiful against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. They use heavyweight nylon material that keeps them tough and long-lasting!

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