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The Hawaii State Flag
The State Flag of Hawaii features a combination of the designs of two of the most influential countries in the world: the United States of America and the United Kingdom. It serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1959
Hawaii is the 50th state
Date the flag was adopted:1816,
modified in 1845


Facts on the Hawaii State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Hawaii Flag:

Hawaii State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 50th state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Aloha State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Hawaii flag may be flown at night when properly lighted

Fact 4: The flagpole must be at least two and one-half times as long as the flag

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Hawaii State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Hawaii State car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home. Car flags are usually made from strong materials and are attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.

History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the Hawaii State Flag
The Hawaii flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Aloha State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Hawaii State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the Hawaii State Flag are as follows:

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Capital: Honolulu
Date of Statehood: 21 August 1959
(50th state)
"Aloha State"
Flag Ratio: 1:2

What is the design of the Hawaii state flag?  

The design is a canton style that combines elements of the flags of the United States of America and the United Kingdom.


The field consists of eight white, red and blue horizontal stripes symbolizing the eight major Hawaiian islands


The Hawaiian islands represented are Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau


The canton contains the Union jack of the United Kingdom reflecting the period in Hawaiian history when it was associated with Great Britain

Hawaiian name: Ka Hae Hawaii meaning Hawaiian flag
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color red is a symbol of hardiness, bravery, strength & valor
 The color blue symbolizes vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
 The American combination of red, white and blue symbolizes revolution and freedom
What is the shape and flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio is 1:2 meaning it is 1 unit tall for every 2 units wide.
Who designed the Hawaii State Flag?
 The name of the designer was xx
What is the history of the Hawaii State Flag? 
 The flag developed over many years reflecting the changes in Hawaii politics

The Kanaka Maoli ("true people") flag is believed to be the original flag of the Kingdom of Hawaii


In 1810 King Kamehameha I (c. 1758-1819) conquered the Hawaiian Islands and formally established the Kingdom of Hawaii.

 King Kamehameha I flew a version of the British flag, the Red Ensign, given to him by English naval officer and explorer Captain George Vancouver (1757-1798)  as a token of friendship with King George III (1738-1820)
 During the War of 1812 Hawaii adopted a hybrid of the US and UK flags to avoid a difficult political situation with the two countries
 The hybrid flag was very similar to the flag of the British East India Company which displayed the Union Jack canton but had only red and white stripes.
 In 1816 design changed to include blue stripes. The stripes alternated in the order of red-white-blue
 The number and order of stripes changed but were standardized in 1845 to eight stripes in the order of white-red-blue. This remains the design of the current Hawaii state flag
When was the Hawaii State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted December 29, 1845
The Hawaii flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

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