Flag of Hawaii
From Academic Kids
The canton of Ka Hae Hawai‘i is the Union Flag, prominent over the top quarter closest to the flag mast. The field of the flag is composed of eight horizontal stripes symbolizing the eight major inhabited islands. The stripes alternate in color from the top: white, red, blue, white, red, blue, white, red. They represent the islands of Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Niihau.
There are various accounts of the earliest history of Ka Hae Hawai‘i. One relates how king Kamehameha I flew a Union Flag given to him by British explorer capitain George Vancouver as a token of friendship with King George III. An advisor to Kamehameha noted that the Union Flag could draw Hawaii into international conflict as it would be seen as an ally of the United Kingdom. Kamehameha lowered the Union Flag from his home. The following account as to the raising of the United States flag has been challenged. A story states that the flag of the United States was raised over Kamehameha's home. British officers in the court of Kamehameha vehemently objected and the American standard was also removed.
In 1816, Kamehameha commissioned his own flag to avoid conflict. As a result, Ka Hae Hawai‘i was born. Historians attribute the design of Ka Hae Hawai‘i to an officer of the Royal Navy, based on a form of the British naval flag. There is debate as to the name of the officer. The original flag was designed to feature stripes alternating red-white-blue, also attributed to various historical flags of the United Kingdom. However, some have argued that the stripes were influenced by the American flag. In error, the flag used at the first official flying of Ka Hae Hawai‘i ordered the stripes white-red-blue. The latter arrangement was adopted and is used today.
La Hae Hawai‘i
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