About the Hawaii flag

The flag of the state of Hawaii (Hawaiian: Ka Hae Hawaii) is the official standard symbolising Hawaii as a U.S. state. The same flag had also previously been used by the kingdom, protectorate, republic, and territory of Hawaii. It is the only U.S. state flag to feature the Union Flag of the United Kingdom, a holdover of the period in Hawaiian history when it was under the influence of the British Empire.

The canton of the flag of Hawaii contains the Union Flag of the United Kingdom, prominent over the top quarter closest to the flag mast. The field of the flag is composed of eight horizontal stripes symbolising the eight major islands (Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lānai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau). A ninth stripe was once included, representing the island of Nihoa. Other versions of the flag have only seven stripes, probably representing the islands except for Kahoolawe or Niihau. The colour of the stripes, from the top down, follows the sequence: white, red, blue, white, red, blue, white, red. The colours were standardised in 1843, although other combinations have been seen and are occasionally still used.

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