Hawaii's flag is the only state flag
that incorporates the 'Union
Jack' into its design as a way of recognizing its deep
British heritage. Great Britain's flag is featured in the
upper left canton while the rest of the flag contains eight
stripes of red (3), white (3), and blue (2). The eight
stripes are said to represent the state's eight major
MOTTO: "The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in
ENTERED UNION: Aug. 21, 1959
FLAG ADOPTED: 1960
COMMENTS: The current design was introduced in
1945 and was flown as a 'territorial' flag beginning in
1898, it became the official state flag in 1960 after
The original flag was designed to feature stripes
alternating in the order red-white-blue, also attributed to
various historical flags of the
United Kingdom. The flag used at the first official flying of the flag of Hawaii
erroneously placed the stripes in the order white-red-blue,
although it seems explorers to the island disagree about the
exact order of colors and the number of stripes up to the
late 1840s. There may have been possibly different versions
of the flag with different numbers of stripes and colors.
The number of stripes also changed: originally, the flag was
designed with either seven or nine horizontal stripes, and
in 1845 it was officially changed to eight stripes. The
latter arrangement was adopted and is used today.
- More animals and plants native
to Hawaii are on the endangered species list than in any
other state. Even its state bird is endangered.
- There are only 12 letters in
the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, I, Q, U, H, K, L, M, N, P,
- There are no racial or ethnic
minorities in Hawaii. Everyone is a minority.
- You can ski two different ways
on the same day in Hawaii: on water at the beach and on
snow on the slopes of Mauna Kea, a 13,796 foot-high
volcano on the big island.
- Mount Waialeale, on the island
of Kauai, is the wettest place in the United States,
with 460 inches of rainfall per year.
- Hawaii's state fish is the
Humuhumunukunukuakua'a, or trigger fish.